You know those great homeschooling magazines that you get in the mail trying to sell you everything from pencils to a full year’s curriculum? I love getting them in the mail. They are great to look at to know what’s out there and to get ideas from. The problem is, they can be pricey! I don’t know about you, but we don’t have a money tree in our backyard, so money is always an issue.
So what’s a mom to do when there is a great poster or game that is in one of those magazines, but you can’t afford it?
Make it yourself!
Most of us have computers and printers. I use the Print Shop 2 computer program to make a lot of my projects for my kids. It’s about $40-50, but it pays for itself within a short while. With this program, you can make birthday cards, calendars, posters, notecards, etc. It’s a great investment because it can be use for various things and for many many years. I have also used Pages (Word) and Numbers (Excel) to make many worksheets for my kids through the years.
But, you don’t have to use the computer to make items from the magazines, either. Construction paper, manila folders, and markers are great resources that most people have readily available.
“I can’t make it look exactly like the poster in the magazine.”
You don’t have to. Use the idea that is on the poster and make it look the way that will work best for you and your kids.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. You aren’t going to win any awards for your efforts, but you will end up with a great project that will enhance your child’s learning. That’s the whole point anyways, isn’t it?