Jodi asked a question on my previous post (hi Jodi! Oh my goodness! Has your blog disappeared? I was going to link to you but can't find you! :() that I thought I'd quickly respond to with another post. Especially since it's Mark's day off and I have a bit of extra time right now. Here is Jodi's question:
"Out of curiosity... do you buy most of the books your family reads for the school year? You must have lots of books. :)"
Yes, we buy most of the books our family reads for the school year. That said, nearly all of the books we buy we purchase at Goodwill (for 79¢/book) or at garage sales (even cheaper!), at library book sales or used book stores. It is very rare that we will buy a book for full price. (Our total budget for homeschooling is $20/month, so.. yeah- we don't buy much at full price.) Searching for cheap, *good* books has become one of our hobbies. And we find them, all the time.
We frequent our local Goodwill about twice a month, and our family is usually scattered throughout the book section- the girls are in the
cart, reading books; the older three kids are on the floor, reading books, and
Mark and I are perusing the shelves for good books to add to our
When Mark and I went away for our anniversary, we stopped at a handful of Goodwill stores along the way. This is what we came home with:
As for how many books we have, here's a picture of some of our books:
A few years ago we purchased five tall black bookshelves (cheap: we got each one for maybe $19 at Big Lots) for our basement and we have one other bookshelf down there. Those are our books, and it is from the books on those shelves that we study history and choose many of our read-alouds. We know ahead of time what period of history we're studying so we keep an eye out for certain books within that time period.
Every thing else we check out at the library.
With five kids and our decision to homeschool them, and our appreciation for good (living) books, we figure it's a good investment to build somewhat of a library for our family.
Hope that helps!
If anyone else has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!