How to Buy Homeschool Curriculum While Overseas

I’ve been in crazy homeschool planning mode for the past month! It was spurred on by an upcoming maternity home assignment, which is giving me an opportunity to bring back books! I’ve chosen a curriculum base that is very book heavy, and because of this my curriculum list was pretty long. As missionaries overseas, you can’t go out to a used book store or thrift store to search for homeschool books, or attend homeschool fairs to browse and buy. I’ve had to do all of my shopping via the internet, or through the help of friends and family who are keeping an eye out for books for me. I thought I’d note and share the sites I used and discounts I’ve found for missionaries who are living overseas and planning their homeschool curriculum!

Where to buy used books?

Since library book sales and used book stores aren’t available in my country (even if they were they aren’t in the language we’re choosing to homeschool in), I’ve scoured these sites in search of the most affordable used books for our curriculum:

  • *Abebooks.com, many sellers offer free shipping
  • Amazon.com, even offers some global int’l shipping
  • BarnesandNoble.com,
  • BetterWorldBooks.com, free shipping worldwide (though prices are pretty high, it’s better to buy from them through eBay)
  • BookDepository.com, free delivery worldwide (through again prices are high, and end up being about the same as Amazon Global Shipping)
  • *eBay.com, you can “Buy it Now”, “Make an Offer”, or try bidding and many sellers offer free shipping
  • Facebook.com, groups like these [1], [2], [3], [4], [5] or these [1], [2], [3] and pay with PayPal
  • Instagram, you can find a few decent used book sellers through searches
  • ThriftBooks.com, free shipping for purchases over $10

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What curriculum discounts are there for missionaries?

Many homeschool curriculums are sold by Christian businesses and thus offer a discount to missionaries, though they may have a certain criteria where the missionary serves, their ministry, or statement of belief.

No discounts available at this time directly from: Veritas PressTeaching Textbooks.

Waiting to hear back from: A Beka Book – free shipping, Logos PressWell Trained MindSingapore Math, Classical Academic Press, and Five in a Row.

* My favorite sites to shop (for best deals!)

Do you know of any other curriculums that offer discounts? Or great places to buy used books? Please comment below and let us know!

How do I get my books and curriculum to my region of service?

  1. Have books shipped internationally, either directly from the seller or by friends or family
  2. Have books brought with visitors or missionaries returning from the States
  3. Plan ahead and bring back from home assignment.

413ZbMC-qfL._SY355_If bringing lots of books in your luggage, I recommend buying a Rubbermaid Rough Neck Tote  (18-gallon/60-litre), as it is strong, water-resistant, and lighter than most suitcases or Action Packers. We drilled holes in the tops of our lids and fastened the lids to the totes with zip-ties. We supply extra zip-ties for airport workers, and after all of our national and international flights, we’ve never had anything missing or broken in our Rubbermaids! They also have a lifetime warranty, though I haven’t checked if drilling holes voids that warranty.


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Adventures in Homeschooling | Planning for Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten

We are departing for Asia-Pacific in two months, and I’m narrowing down what our Family Education Plan will be for the next 4 years (Aug 2015 – June 2019). Quite the process, but I’m excited to try what we’ve planned. Along with that I’m trying to pick and choose what and how much to bring along with us – we only get 6 free pieces of luggage total. So what will we be doing academically between now and when we return in 2019? A lot of it is familiar to me as I my mom used a lot of the curriculum below when homeschooling my sister and I. I think the curriculum plan I’ve put together is mostly a mix between Charlotte Mason, Classical, and Montessori styles of education. Here we go!

Preschool:

Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

For preschool (ages 3-4) I am basically following Charlotte Mason’s methodology so I’ll focus on teaching about God, developing good habits, lots of outdoor and nature activities, as well as reading “living” books. I’m also hoping involve Montessori activities to develop motor skills, play, and discovery – Pinterest is great for ideas!

The Well-Trained MindSimply Charlotte Mason, and Ambleside Online have been tremendously helpful in my planning. I’m bringing books recommended from those sources, as well as a few from Sonlight P3/4, Before Five in a Row, and My Father’s World.

For Bible we’ll be using The Big Picture Storybook Bible and Truth & Grace Memory Book 1, and accompanying with songs from Songs for Saplings: God and Creation and __. I’ve also purchased Rod & Staff’s preschool activity workbooks, this Patternables book to use with pattern blocks, Lauri’s shape and color sorter, foam magnet letters, and I am hoping to find a copy of Get Ready for the Code.

For our nature walks it’ll be handy to have a magnifying glass, bug box, bug net, and binoculars; though we will only be bringing a magnifying glass along with us.

Pre-Kindergarten/Junior Kindergarten:

Pre-K Homeschool Curriculum

This is pretty similar to what I have planned for preschool, by using living books recommended by Ambleside, Well-Trained Mind, and Simply Charlotte Mason, along with books recommended from Sonlight’s P4/5 and My Father’s World’s Pre-K. For Bible we’ll be using The Lamb and continuing through the Truth & Grace Memory Book 1.

I have ordered Rod & Staff’s ABC Series and My Father’s World’s activity cards to use along with beads and patterns, counting bears, foam alphabet puzzles and lacing shapes (from the dollar store).

Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten:
I’m hoping to start integrating Peace Hill Press’s curriculum for kindergarten. I have a list of living books, along with some books recommended from Sonlight’s K, My Father’s World’s K, Veritas Press, and Five in a Row. While I haven’t decided whether to use Saxon Math K or Singapore’s Earlybird Math, I’m excited to use Explore the Code and Lollipop Logic. For fun we’ll supplement math with Cuisenaire rods and the Cusienaire Alphabet Book and Lauri’s pegs and pegboard set.

I think we will be using the Zaner-Bloser K for writing and The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading along with a list of easy readers and Bob Books. I haven’t ordered anything from Peace Hill Press yet, as I’m hoping someone will come to visit us in two years and be able to bring these items along with them.

For Bible we will be reading The Jesus Storybook Bible. I’m also hoping to collect some field guides for the region of the world we will be living in to use on our nature walks, and to supplement the science books that Peace Hill recommends. Oh, and these art cards.


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Since the list was so long, I created a Google Document for it. You can access the list through this link.


Are you homeschooling or have plans to homeschool? Comment your education plan below! Have you used any of these books or curriculum? I’d love to hear about your experience, new ideas, and what you are doing, too!