I have been thinking and dreaming homeschool plans for a few weeks now. First grade feels like a much more serious proposition than kindergarten, partly because kindergarten is not compulsory here in Kansas. In my quest for a few materials, I joined CathSwap. I can very happily report that I've saved at least $25 buying some used products I knew we would use next year (like This Country of Ours and the teacher's edition for Saxon Math 1).
I also "saved" about $15 buying some products I was pretty sure we'd use next year (like The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum and The Catholic Faith Comes to the Americas).
And then....I spent about $40 buying books at fabulous prices that I've been wanting and for which I have previously been waiting patiently (The Three R's, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Editition), the much-desired Handbook of Nature Study, A Mother's Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul and a few others as well).
So...it's not clear to me CathSwap has been a financial success for our homeschool. It has, however, made me very happy recently! Kansas Dad is wondering when I'll take it off my Quick Links.
(Kansas Dad has been very understanding. I promise, I'm almost done...)