I’ve been homeschooling a long time. Some years I’m more prepared than others. Last year was a bad year. It was compounded by the fact that we made a sudden and unexpected move in the middle of the school year. I know what I want to do this year to be far more prepared. And I’d like to share it with you. Read on for my recommendations on how to prepare for your homeschool.
The Most Important & Useful Thing You Can Do to Prepare for Your Homeschool Year:
Beyond praying, setting goals, talking with your husband to get on the same page, and actually purchasing the curriculum and supplies, the most important & useful thing you can do to prepare for your homeschool year is to have everything you need to have printed and copied completed BEFORE you start your homeschool year! This was my failure last year, and why we didn’t get as much accomplished as I wanted to.
After getting those copies made, you can organize all those copies in a number of different ways:
- Put into binders, separated by subject and by child
- File in file folders, ready to give the kids as they need them throughout the year
- Put in workboxes
- Create notebooks with a binder
I recommend Kristi Clover’s Ultimate Homeschool Organization eCourse for helping you discover the best way to organize your homeschool resources, with a crate system, file system, workbox system, binder system, etc.
And to make all those copies, I HIGHLY recommend The Homeschool Printing Company ~ read on below to see how to get a discount!
The Homeschool Printing Company:
Read on below for an awesome discount!
Here’s what they charge for printing on 20-lb., 92-brightness, 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size white copy paper:
- 1-sided color copies = 8 cents
- 2-sided color copies = 14 cents
- 1-sided B&W copies = 3 cents
- 2-sided B&W copies = 5 cents
Available for an additional charge:
- 20-lb., 3-hole drilled paper = Add 1 cent/sheet
- 22-lb., 94-brightness paper = Add 1 cent/sheet
- 24-lb., 98-brightness paper = Add 2 cents/sheet
- 28-lb., 100-brightness paper = Add 3 cents/sheet
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Want an example of how affordable the prices are?
To print a 146-page PDF in color, double-sided, on 24-lb. paper, they only charge $10.95. Compare that to what any other local copy shop – or even any online printer – charges. They doubt you’ll find a better price.
Shipping is additional, of course. They use FedEx Express 3-day service. Depending on how far you live from Minneapolis, here’s what shipping charges would be:
- Up to 500 sheets = $8.50 to $10.75
- 501 to 1,000 sheets = $11.00 to $13.50
- 1,001 to 1,500 sheets = $17.00 to $18.75
They don’t add on any “handling charges” to the shipping costs. You only pay the actual cost of FedEx shipping.
My copies were packaged so nicely, too. They were shrink-wrapped with thin cardboard on the top and the bottom and placed in a sturdy FedEx box. Each file set was separated by a thicker, cream-colored sheet so it was easy to see where each ebook ended. Those sheets are perfect to use as To-Do Lists!
Take The Homeschool Printing Company Challenge!
They’re so certain that they can provide you with excellent printing. . . at a lower cost than you’ll find anywhere else. . . that they’ll make an offer you’ll find hard to resist.
1.) Send an e-mail to TheHomeschoolPrintingCompany@gmail.com. (Include my name Gena Mayo to get 10% off!)
2.) Attach some PDF files that you’d like printed. (They don’t even need to be homeschool-related. It could be an e-book on parenting, gardening, or anything! The files just need to be PDFs that you want to be printed on letter-sized white paper.) If they’re too big to attach to an e-mail, use Dropbox and send them the link to the folder where they are.
3.) Let them know if you want the files printed single- or double-sided, B&W or color, and if you want any paper upgrades.
4.) They’ll get back to you as soon as possible and let you know what the total cost would be to print and ship your order. (Make sure to include your physical address so they can calculate the shipping charges.)
5.) Once you hear back from them, decide if you want us to go ahead and print up your PDFs. There’s no obligation. You’re free to say “Nope… don’t do it!” They will respect your decision – no hard feelings. 🙂
6.) If you do give us the “go-ahead”, they’ll print up your order as soon as possible and ship it out by FedEx. In the package, they’ll include an invoice that you can pay (by check or PayPal), only if you’re 100% satisfied!
7.) When you get your package, if something’s not right. . . don’t pay the invoice. E-mail them instead. Let them know how it didn’t live up to your expectations. They’ll either fix what went wrong . . . or cancel the invoice. Your choice.
Have any questions?
Send an e-mail to TheHomeschoolPrintingCompany@gmail.com. They’ll respond promptly.
Oh, one more thing.
Get a 10% Discount!
If you do decide to take them up on this offer, please let them know who put you in touch with them (Gena Mayo). If you do that, you’ll get a 10% discount on your first order! But they still won’t ask you to pay for it until after you receive your printing and are 100% satisfied. Thanks!
Other Ways to Prepare for Your Homeschool
I’m so excited that I will be prepared for my homeschool year this year! Here are some related posts to help you prepare for your homeschool:
- How to Get Your Homeschool Life Organized 15 Minutes at a Time
- A Step-By-Step Guide to Planning Next Year’s Homeschool, with a Free Printable Pack
(Disclosure: I will receive a credit for my own printing if you use my name Gena Mayo as the one who referred you.)