...You can find great deals on educational supplies and toys at thrift stores and garage sales--not to mention all the free resources at the public library. I recently found three science kits at a yard sale, brand new, and snagged them for about $4 each. All of the below materials I picked up for a total cost of about $15.
We haven't opened the 'gears' and 'electricity' ones yet...
But we had lots of fun setting up our bacteria farm. This involved swabbing various disgusting places, such as potties, noses, and teeth. No crop yet, but we're watching and waiting.
I grabbed the science VHS tapes today, as we still have a VCR in our basement.
This American trivia game will be fun, I think; but after looking at the questions I think I have a lot to learn, too!
Though I certainly order new curriculum for the kids, it really is amazing how inexpensively one can homeschool. I think the cost of public school per student is somewhere between 10 and 22 thousand dollars a year. We spend well under $1000 for all of our school-age kids. I think this calls for a homeschooling tax-credit, don'tcha think? Don't worry...I'm not holding my breath about that one. :)