HEAR enjoys helping homeschool families, including sharing information and tips. There are many stores and educational establishments that offer discounts to registered homeschool families. We've listed a few of our favorites below.
NC Zoo: If you are registered as a home school in North Carolina, admission to the zoo is free for students K-12 and one educator for two visits per school year. Additional adults and children pay the regular admission rate as posted at the gate. You must call to register prior to your visit. No weekends or holidays and visits must be on days determined by the NC Zoo as school days.
Marbles Museum: Marbles Museum offers discounted rates to homeschoolers. Student rates are as low as $6.00 + tax per student (museum only).
Museum of Life & Science: Membership is a great value, providing free year-round admission and fantastic member benefits. With an Explorer Membership, you can bring family or guests, as many times as you like, throughout the year, up to the membership level you choose. Remember, children under age 3 are always free, and are not included in the membership count! Discounts on camps, classes, birthday parties, and events, plus 10% off at Museum stores. Free or reduced admission to more than 280 science museums worldwide participating in the ASTC Passport Program.
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Experience the Museum’s 3D movies, for the reduced group rate of $3.00 per person. Enjoy a 10% discount in either Museum store until 7pm. You must be registered for Homeschool Day to receive these discounts. Tickets may be purchased at the box office the day of the event.
Old Salem: Old Salem Museums and Gardens is the beautifully restored historic town of Salem. During Homeschool Days, homeschool families are invited to attend hands on learning workshops to experience life in historic Salem. The entry prices are discounted. Homeschool Days programs are typically offered twice a year. You must register ahead of time to receive the discount and to participate in homeschool workshops.
Colonial Williamsburg: Join special programming for homeschoolers, which takes place for several weeks of each year. Groups or individuals are welcome to participate in a variety of hands-on experiences throughout the Revolutionary City. Discover what it was like to grow up during the 18th century. Learn about the arts and mysteries of a trade. Start a conversation with a citizen of the town. Or, go on a quest to save the Revolution and find out how to crack the codes that spies used. You can even drop by the Art Museums and create a work of art to take home. Special Rates Apply!
Discounts may change. Contact the location prior to visiting for current rate.
On the Web (links to cost saving sites)
Homeschool Buyers Co-op: The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the nation's largest purchasing cooperative for families educating with a homeschool curriculum. Through the GroupBuys program, the Co-op negotiates volume discounts for homeschooling families from educational suppliers offering homeschooling resources.
HomeschoolClassifieds.com: One of the largest sites on the web for buying and selling new and used homeschool materials, and for finding and announcing homeschool groups, activities, and events.
B&N Educator Program Educator Discount: Save 20% off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use. Get up to 25% off the publisher's list price during Educator Appreciation Days. Receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator events.
Fifth Street Books: Fifth Street Books is located halfway between Haw River and Mebane at 2267 Hwy 70. Books are priced from $0.35 - $0.50 depending on whether they're hardback, paperback, curriculum, or children/adult books. On their sale days, all books are $0.35.
Don't be afraid to ask a store if they offer an educators discount program!
Home Educators Association of Roxboro P.O. Box 792 Roxboro, N.C. 27573