Well, did you hear the news? I’m homeschooling my kids next year. I know I’m not the only one who is unexpectedly making this transition, and I know I am not the only one worried that s/he is in WAY OVER THEIR HEAD. But it’s ok. We’ve got this (deeeep breath!). I may share my whole “why I’m homeschooling and how that’s going to work” story later, but for now I want to do a full and honest Ultimate Homeschool Bundle Review for those of you who are seeing this offered and wondering what the heck it is (and if it’s worth it).
You may have seen the Ultimate Bundles before. Ultimate Bundles releases new bundles every month or so. They are huge collections of digital products, ebooks, courses, and printables all related to one subject for one price.
The Ultimate Homeschool Bundle includes 13 eBooks, 8 eCourses, 22 workbooks & printable packs, 5 curricula, 2 membership sites & a summit. All of the products are digital or online, but the bundles also come with bonuses – these are free products, often physical products, that you can order for free (you’ll just pay shipping). These are a real perk, and I’ll share a little more on the bonuses below.
The cost of the bundle is $29.50, with an option to add the cheat sheets for $10. If you were to buy all of the items in the bundle on their own, the products would retail for $1,278.
Are the product prices accurate, or are they raised to make the bundle look like a better deal?
The prices are accurate. I know this because I often include products in the bundle and they require a product listing with the current, accurate price and they are very serious about keeping prices accurate (unlike Kohl’s…).
What are the bundle cheat sheets?
The cheat sheets are a $10 upgrade that are useful if you feel overwhelmed by all the content. It is basically a page (or two) for each item you receive, explaining the content, the grades and levels the content is created for, how to best use the content, and which other products go well with that particular product.
For example, one of the products is an Aesop Fables & Copywork book. The cheat sheet gives me the following details about that product, on one page:
- basic educational philosphy behind the product
- target grade levels
- top goals of product
- topics product covers
- what other products included in the bundle go well with this product for learning
- suggested supplies to use this product
- index of content
- overview of content
Honestly, I have never purchased or used the cheat sheets before, so I think you’d be fine without them…but actually sitting down and looking at them (for the first time!), I can see how useful they are – especially if you feel overwhelmed by everything! I would probably not need or buy them for the Meal Planning bundle, but I might recommend them for this bundle based on the cost (low) and how much info they contain (a lot).
What products are included in the bundle?
One thing I want to point out because I know I’m not the only one looking for this – there’s a K-5 benchmark ebook so you’ll know what things most kids should be learning each year! Because I plan on my kids transitioning back to public school the following year and I don’t want them to fall behind, this will be really useful for me.
What is the bundle platform like – how do I use everything once I’ve purchased?
This is where I think Ultimate Bundles shines in general. You’ll get a login and password and have instant access to everything all in one place. You can easily search and sort by product type or grade. It’s a very intuitive dashboard. Next to the item you have a button to download your file or access your course. Super easy – here’s a picture of my dashboard.
You get access to the bundle in your dashboard for six months, so you’ll want to download everything and sign up for your courses sometime before that ends (they will give you plenty of warning and notice to download your stuff).
What grades is the bundle best for?
I think this bundle is heavily weighted towards pre-school and elementary learning. Most of the items are geared towards those ages. I have one elementary student and one middle schooler. I found a couple of things I’ll use for my middle schooler, but five or six things that I will for *sure* use for my elementary student.
What are the bonuses like?
I normally get all of the free bonuses (well, the free products). They are free except for shipping, and I think the things I got from this bundle were a couple of books for my daughter (sooo cute – they arrived all wrapped in wrapping paper, she loved it!) and some face serum. The items are usually valued between $15-35 dollars and you will just pay shipping, which is usually $5-7. I think this bundle comes with 7 or 8 bonuses.
Is the Ultimate Homeschool Bundle worth it?
It depends on the age of your kids. Like I mentioned, most of the stuff is geared towards elementary kids. However, one of the products I will be using for my middle schooler is an online Music Appreciation Class. This class would be $57 if I purchased it alone (if you’ve been doing research about online classes, you’ll know that these classes can add up). So for him, it was worth the cost of the bundle just for that class (it looks really cool).
I would say it is 100% worth every penny for the stuff I’ll be using for my elementary student.
I also think it’s worth it if you’re new to homeschooling – there are some planning courses and ebooks that look like they will be very useful for parents who are new to this (me! me!). I think the K-5 benchmark book is one of those things that I will be using a lot for my daughter.
If you’ve homeschooled before and only have older kids, I’d take a good look at what’s offered before deciding – if you see a couple things that you’d use, then yes, it’s probably worth it. Obviously it won’t be worth it if you’re an old pro or have older kids who don’t need the content.
Are you giving away any bonuses?
YES! If you order a bundle through my link, I’ll be sending you my printable Lesson Planner! Just send me your receipt and I’ll reply with your Lesson Planner download.