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    Hi, all. We are moving to London for a year. We will be in Central London and I am thinking homeschooling will be our best bet in order to take advantage of our time abroad. I have a rising 2nd and a rising 5th, both high achieving girls. I'd love any suggestions or info, as I've never home schooled, but I'm particularly looking into costs associated. We'll have an educational stipend and I want to make sure all our costs are covered (which would still be monumentally cheaper than a London international school). Other than the cost of a laptop for each of them, what other costs might be incurred? I would definitely want to get a tutor for math.

    Thank you so much for any help!

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    It really depends on what you and your kids want to do.

    You can purchase curriculum or not. It really can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want. I don't mean to be so vague, but some people spend hardly anything on their homeschooling and others spend quite a bit. I am probably somewhere in the middle to low end of spending.

    I would spend quite a bit of time exploring London and all it has to offer, as well as explore the region outside of London. There are lots of museums, great places to field trip. Living there in itself will be an education for the girls.

    For 2nd and 5th grade, I can't imagine having a tutor for math, unless they are already doing high school math (algebra or above).

    You mention a stipend, it really depends on what the providers of the stipend will be willing cover. I would probably spend money on museum and zoo memberships in London, local books about the area, as well as fiction that takes place in the area. I would combine literature, history, social studies together and use your surroundings as the foundation for their lessons. I would use the local science museum and some general books for the lessons.

    For writing, I would have the girls keep a journal, write about their day. Have it merge into a trip memory, with photos and the like. If you want the 5th grader to start doing a research project, I would consider having it focus on something local to London.

    For math, you could consider a curriculum and the kind you would get depends on how your girls like to learn. I take that you are homeschooling because of the temporary move to England. If your daughters like what they are using, you could consider figuring out what that is and either purchase it or use something similar. Those who use a curriculum can help figure out.

    Find out what the library system is like and what you will have access to so you can discover what resources are available.

    It is a wonderful opportunity for your daughters. I view travel as an education in itself.
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    I would encourage you to not feel like you need to get a tutor for elementary math. Unless you have a math related disability, you really can teach it, especially if you choose to go with a program that has a scripted piece. And there are resources like Khan Academy and so forth that make it even easier.

    I agree with the above - the costs are whatever you want... you can homeschool for almost nothing - free curricula, a few books, internet access. Or you can splurge on expensive programs, expensive technology, expensive classes, constant field trips. Most people try to hit somewhere in the middle, depending on budgets. So I would say you could spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
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    We started homeschooling when we travelled to the UK for several months, and continued when we came back home to Belize. We have just finished our second year homeschooling. Our initial plan had been to only homeschool during those few months of travel, but then we discovered how great homeschooling is,so we stuck with it. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you'll be able to connect with tons of homeschoolers in the UK,it's a big movement there, like it is in the US, and you'll be able to find lots of activities and local groups to join up with. Maybe start by looking at different Facebook groups. In the UK, they don't use the phrase 'homeschool' as much though, it's mainly home education/HE. Have fun! I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time. Btw, we have been using Math Mammoth, mixed with some Khan Academy videos to explain new math concepts, that combination has worked great for both our kids. It's also a very affordable way to do math. Good luck!

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    Oh, and the homeschooling movement in the UK is generally more secular than the one in the US, so that makes things quite easy as well.

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    Homeschooling does not have to be expensive. Sometimes it is easier to throw money at a particular issue than time or creativity, but if the money isn't there and you are motivated to homeschool anyway, you can usually find another solution.

    John Holt talks about the advantages of homeschooling for low income folks and I'm living proof that it isn't always better to put low income kids in brick and mortar schools, but that's not what you asked.

    I am guessing from your original post that you are not low-income and that you are not a philosophical homeschooler, just a parent choosing the best educational choices for your kids during a temporary situation.

    Based on this information, I would like to give you a heads up that there are scammers and unscrupulous individuals and companies (I'm talking about the likes of MR, boardies, so help me out a bit here if you can?) out there who prey on folks like you. They have become more numerous as homeschooling has become more mainstream.

    Have fun but be careful.

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    I agree with what IEF is saying... definitely look out for people who are out to convince you that you need a whole "system" or that a decent program always costs at least several hundred dollars or something along those lines. There are some programs that are more expensive and worth it (for example, Right Start Math or Logic of English come to mind as pricey products worth their cost if they're what you want...). However, most of us are not spending a ton on curriculum. It's harder to spend less now that my kids are doing high school math - textbooks can get more expensive at that stage. But we spend the bulk of our money on extracurriculars like ds's dance program and on traveling when we can.
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