Ok, so here we are at the beginning of yet another school year… Oh poop!! (Wait, did I say that out loud??)
Anyway, as a homeschooling family, we have LOTS to think about at the start of the year, and EVEN MORE to pay for!!
There is curriculum to think about for starters, which can run anywhere from $500- $1,000 per child for new (although, you can always borrow from the library, friends, or buy used to).
Then there’s the array, and I mean ARRAY, of activities you can sign your kid(s) up for so that you make sure you “socialize” your “un-socialized” child(ren), since they aren’t sitting in a classroom practicing being quiet with a bunch of other kids all day. And those activities ain’t cheap, let me tell you!
And most of the time us homeschoolers are working with one income, which is pretty easy to do if your husband is the average Rocket Scientist, like mine . . . just kidding! It’s NOT easy for most, but definitely do-able 🙂
Well, this year my husband decided to quit his day job (after much prayer and discussion) and decided to up and run his own business, and also to get a part time job (which has become more of a full time job, but I’m getting away from the point) to fill in the blanks. So, he has been blowing and going, at about our pace lately 😉
Anyway, I say all of that to say what I really want to say, which is more of a question that I ask EVERY stinking year:
WHERE is the MONEY gonna come from this year, GOD??
He always provides, and we are always taken care of!
However, since we homeschoolers like templates (mostly because we have to send out so many *pointless* letters, etc. to the state) I decided to make one for those of us struggling a bit to get started. Below you will find a sample letter that you can copy and send to your “sponsors.”
Just a little public service, I’m HAPPY to provide for our Homeschool community… (ANY donations are greatly welcomed and accepted)!
Dear Magnificent MeMe & Powerful Paw Paw (aka “sponsors”),
As you know, school is starting up again and with it, a plethora of opportunity for our sweet, little angels to get involved in. On that note, The girls’ ballet teacher switched ballet schools, and is now teaching in Mandeville (more travel = more gas). The tuition is a little cheaper (but I heard the recital fees may be a bit more).
Anyway, with all of the things we are signing up for right now, volleyball, dance, possibly drama/voice lessons, and/or piano, not to mention the cost of curriculum . . . the costs are adding up very quickly!!
So, I was wondering if you would like to take this opportunity to sponsor a child filled with aspiring dreams of grandeur as a performing artist? All it takes is one low monthly commitment of $650.
This is a big number, I know, which is why we all need to do our part. You know what they say, after all, It takes a village to raise a child, and we have found this to be true. At least it takes the financial resources of an ENTIRE village to raise ONE child as a productive citizen in this world.
Now, with the economy the way it is, we at Grace Academy (our Homeschool’s name) know what it’s like to be down on your luck, so if $650 per month is a little steep for your budget, we understand . . . completely.
That’s why we offer all types of giving opportunities. No, gift is too small (well, some are, but we are willing to overlook it just this once).
PLUS! For a limited time, we are offering you a special homemade card by whichever child you choose to sponsor that can be hung on your fridge to show all of your family and friends, and be proud of the work you’re doing to produce change in a young person’s future.
When considering the part you will play, think about the children. Think about where they will be without your generous support. Cold. Tired. Crying. Whining to their parents about all of the activities Sally gets to do, that they will be left out of.
There’s absolutely: No pressure, really. Just sign up for whatever amount you can do, but remember to think of the SAD faces you will have to encounter at family functions if you don’t.
Thank you for your time and your generous support at this crucial time in our campaign!
The staff and family at Grace Academy
***Just in case, you haven’t caught on. . .this is a complete JOKE!! Although, I DID actually send this to my Mother in Law . . . just in the hopes that she thought it was REAL 😉 . . . LOL***
Hope you ENJOYed my momentary loss of reality!