The Ultimate Consumable Idea List for Charter School Funding

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              This is the first year officially homeschooling our daughter, she is 4-years- old in TK, and enrolled with Inspire Charter School in California (see my list comparing Charter Schools in Southern California).

              This list is for homeschooling parents of charter school students, that receive funding. Most charter schools will give your student/ child funds to be spent on classes, services, and/ or products, etc. used for education. With products, its broken down into two categories, consumables and non-consumables. Consumables are products or items that the student will use up completely and therefore the item cannot be used by another student. Examples include; Classes, Field trips, memberships, subscriptions, and many products/ items. Non-Consumables are products & items that can be used again by another student (the products/ items will go to a lending library after they are returned to the school (you do not have to return them until your youngest/ last child is UN-enrolled out of the school or graduates.(Examples include; books, computers, instruments etc). My husband and I decided at least for now, we only want to spend our daughter’s funding on consumables. As we don’t want to stress or worry about breaking or losing pieces or the whole item or having to return something we really like. It just makes it easier for us not to have stuff in our home that is not our full property. We will buy anything non-consumable with our own money, this is how we are doing it now, we may change our mind in the future. By the way, Inspire Lending Library’s are where you can go and “rent or check out” educational items like a regular library. You can borrow educational materials so you don’t have to use your funds.

              This list of consumables is comprised of my own ideas, online research, and personally speaking with teachers and other home school parents. The consumables that have an Astrix * at the end of the word are ones we have personally purchased with funds, the rest (majority) have been recommended by others as they have been allowed to use funds to purchase or I discovered the ideas through my own research. I will update this list regularly when I purchase these items with our funds and find new things to add. One great thing about Inspire is your child’s unused funds are rolled over to the following year if you don’t use them all (one of the only Charter school’s that roll funds over). Every charter has different rules, what one school considers consumable another may not. If you have any question you can always contact your teacher before placing an order. Keep in mind that some things get marked wrong on accident. If that happens, you can always contact your teacher and ask them about it, it can be fixed in their system. Sometimes the teacher or people ordering aren’t positive what is in the subscription or what exactly the item is and don’t want to mark it wrong, inadvertently it still happens. From my understanding everything is automatically marked a non-consumable by default, they have to change it in the system when it is not. Also, our ES (teacher) said if you do order non-consumables and in her words “they break, just snap a photo or keep in a bag and return it so they see it was well used etc. accidents do happen. They take that into account.” Also, you can order from any website you want to, if it’s not on the list just click the “Other Vendor” option. You can order any online curriculum (if it’s not religious).

              If you are with Inspire and interested in a certain type of class, utilize the Inspire Enrichment Order & Vendor Lobby online, you may find a local vendor for the class your child is interested in. If you are interested in a local class that is not with Inspire or (another charter), try speaking with them you may be able to convince them to become a vendor for charter schools.

 

Note: – Be aware some curriculum contains both consumable and non-consumable items.

              – Some science kits are marked non-consumable, there may be items the school will want back.

              – Anything that is “build your own” is most likely consumable because it couldn’t be built again.

              – Consider a family museum membership. The natural history museum in Los Angeles offers one that covers many museums… There are free days and home school days, but they can get super crowded. A membership allows you to go when you want and there are often special previews and membership events.

              – Some people use funds to purchase tickets to places like the zoo and aquarium you can then use your own money to upgrade to a pass for minimal money.

              – We have a huge collection of educational materials that I have purchased before joining Inspire. My favorite places to find treasures (many you can find new & new in box) are thrift stores, estate & yard sales, OfferUp App, Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Only Stores, online (Amazon, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace).

Classes (Outside location, Online & In-home teacher/ tutor)

  • Acting
  • Art
  • Dance: Ballet, Hip Hop, Hula, Jazz, Polynesian Dance, Tap
  • Gymnastics & Tumbling
  • Etiquette Classes 
  • Fencing
  • Home Economics
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Language: ASL (American Sign), French, Spanish
  • Martial Arts (Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do)
  • Music
    • Instruments: Keyboard, Guitar, Piano Ukulele, Violin
    • Singing: Choir, Lessons 
  • Parkour        
  • Sewing
  • Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Tinkergarten
  • Tutoring

Field Trips

  • Aquarium & Zoo: Aquarium of the Pacific, Seaworld, LA Zoo, San Diego Zoo
  • Camps
  • CA Science Center
  • Discovery Cube
  • Home School Conventions
  • Medieval Times
  • Museum: Air and Space Museum, Natural History
  • Tours
  • Zoo: (LA Zoo, San Diego Zoo)

Memberships & Subscriptions

  • Aquarium & Zoo membership: Aquarium of the Pacific, Seaworld, LA Zoo, San Diego Zoo
  • Audible Membership (Audio Books)
  • Educational Apps for (tablets & devices): ABC mouse, Abcya.com, Curious World, Hooked on phonics, Leapfrog Academy, Math Eggs, Patience Lavender, Reading Eggs, Starfall, Teach your monster to read
  • Gym Memberships: Crossfit (teenagers), Indoor kids play Gym, Rock Climbing Gym, Trampoline Park, YMCA/ YWCA
  • Magazines: High Five, Highlights, Ranger Rick Jr 
  • Monthly Educational Subscription Boxes & Kits (some might be considered non-consumable to your school or teacher, ask your HST before ordering if unsure): Amazon’s STEM club, Murrieta Art Center subscription box, Bainy box, Doodlecrates, Foodstirs, Girl’s Can!, Green Kids Crafts, Ivy Kids, KidStir, Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Little Passports, Magic School Bus,  MoxieMysteries in time, Prodigy Math, Raddish, Science in a nutshell, Steve Spangler science, Tinkercrates, The young Scientist,   Toucan Box ,  Young Science Club, Yumbox
  • Museum Membership: Natural History

  • Newspaper Subscriptions

Craft & Science Kits (Single kits - purchased online) (Note: Check out adult & kid kits)

Educational Materials (Single Product & Items)

Popular online vendors to order Educational Materials with funds (Note: You can order from anywhere)

  • A Child’s Dream
  • Amazon
  • Bella Luna Toys
  • Fat Brain Toys
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Lakeshore Learning
  • Mercurius
  • Thames kosmo
  • Rainbow Resources
  • Usborne
  • YOOBI (everything you buy not only gets sent to you, but also to a class in need)

Purchase field trips through

  • Explorer Field Trips
  • SoCal Homeschool Field Trips
  • The Madden House

If you have any suggestions for consumables that should be added to this list or a favorite educational online store not shown. Also if you have any questions about this post, or anything else… Please feel free to message me or leave a comment. Thank you for reading!

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XOXO, Cameo

 

 

*LIST UPDATED 11/17/18*

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