Thursday, March 24, 2011

A little Tip

I have been homeschooling for many many many years now, but sometimes I feel as if its all still new. Like I am a novice and still don't know all the 'rules' ha ha. Being that we unschool that is pretty funny in an ironic sort of way.

So recently I thought of a way to save me hundreds of dollars a year. I am certain that I am not alone in the amount of money I spend on printer paper, and ink, not to mention the time, and energy I spend searching for, downloading and printing worksheets for my youngest two.

So what is this money saving tip you ask?

First I print one sheet instead of multiple sheets of the same thing. (I have two children in the same grade) I print them up and put them in a protective clear cover. Like these...

Then I bought some wet erase markers, this is essential because you don't want them to smudge their work, but you don't want it to be permanent either. I made sure to buy fine point markers so that the tip was sharp.

I have used plain writing practice paper inserted into a sleeve. Or math fact's practice sheets, Mazes, clock practice, the possibilities are endless. I print out one sheet of each thing and then one child can do one thing and practice. when they are done they use a spray bottle i mixed up with vinegar and water to wash the sheets off. A little piece of felt is left with the markers and spray bottle and then they get to practice over and over.


  1. Im glad you like it Ruby. :) It can be used for all sorts of things. :)

  2. Now why I have never thought of this I don't know! GREAT idea! Thanks!

    Stopped by from Two Kid Schoolhouse.

  3. Maria, its nice to see new visitors. :) I hope you come back again sometime.

    I am glad you enjoyed the tip. I hope that you get to use it and that it makes your life a little bit easier.

  4. Crystal what a a great idea. We go through paper like crazy because of things like this. I hope to be over here more often. I want to pick your brain more on camping.

  5. Rana~ It was like a light bulb went off in my head when I thought this idea up. I go through SO much ink and my little ones devour the work sometimes within hours of me printing it out. So for me I was desperate to think up new ways to save money and still give them the practice they want and need.

    I am going to put together a blog of things that are must haves for our trip of camping adventures across the United States. I am working on them now but have not published them. It will be an ultimate camping list since we will be traveling so far. I welcome any questions you can think of and would love to share my experiences with you and anyone who wants to know more about camping. :)