In the recent Reader Survey that I posted, there were several recurring themes.
A few examples:
- Please do more reading comprehension worksheets. They’re so good and my kids love them!
- Share more about how your homeschool days flow and how you get everything done. (The short answer: I don’t. Ever.)
- We’re studying countries and continents this year. Please start to add those to your themed worksheet packets.
However, there’s one situation that I’d like to specifically address since it was mentioned several times. A few of you stated this, albeit in different ways:
I don’t like that you have paid downloads. They should all be free.
I didn’t realize that so many of you were concerned about that. Let me take a few minutes to explain why everything on my site isn’t free. I aim to be pretty transparent here, so I’m happy to talk about that.
Making Worksheets and Printables Requires a Lot of Time
Each of the themed worksheet packets takes around 15-18 hours to make.
That amount of time includes researching the topic, brainstorming worksheet ideas, creating the actual worksheets/printables, creating the graphics, and then writing the post. There are several other nitty-gritty details, but those are the main tasks.
Other worksheets or printables take anywhere from 2 to 4-5 hours, depending on how involved they are. That time frame includes making the printables, making the graphics (the things you pin on Pinterest), and then writing the post with suggestions on how to use them.
These worksheets aren’t just whipped up in a few minutes. Because they are solid, quality worksheets, they take a bit of time and effort to produce.
It Costs Money to Create Worksheets and Printables
It may not seem like it, but it does cost money to create worksheets.
The programs I use to write them aren’t free, the program I use to make the graphics isn’t free, and the cute clip art that are on most of the worksheets isn’t free.
Take the creators of the clip art for example. The people that I buy those from are just like me – moms that stay at home with their kiddos. They have given of their time and talent to create clip art (something I can’t do) and sell it. I’m happy to pay them for it. I know how much heart and soul goes into it. 🙂
It Costs Money to Have This Website
While some websites are free to run (think someone’s family blog), this particular website is not.
My hosting for the site (the space used to host printables) alone is quite expensive – in the hundreds of dollars. Then there is tech support, graphic design, computer costs, and more.
You just can’t have a website of this caliber and it be free to host it on the servers.
It Supplements My Family’s Income
So then the question becomes: If it’s so much trouble and costs so much money, why do you do it?
Because it supplements my family’s income.
I worked as a registered nurse for almost 10 years (at night) and I prayed and prayed for God to make a way for me to stay home with my children. And He was gracious enough to answer that prayer for me. I consider it a privilege to be at home with my children every day. Working as an RN for 12 hours at night is never, ever far from my mind. I remember those very hard years oh so clearly and I don’t want to go back to that life.
Do I consider this site a job? Yes. While it usually doesn’t seem like a job for me, there are times that it demands more than I want to give.
The money earned from this site helps cover the cost of our groceries, our Christmas presents, and (on occasion) our house payment.
The joy of it is that I can do it in short amounts of time and can make my own schedule. I can spend the bulk of my days teaching my children and serving my family and then work late at night or early mornings.
If You’re Feeling Mad or Upset and Still Have Questions
I’ve gotten several emails or comments from readers that are mad or upset, and you were a little passionate about your concerns (and that’s putting it mildly). If you are one of those people and you still have questions after reading through these reasons, I’m happy to answer your concerns. I’m not sure I can do anything about them, but I’ll make sure I get back with you.
Just send me an email.
Other Interesting Things That Came Up in the Survey
Here are a few other items that popped up in the survey and I’ll address them briefly here:
- Common Core
I didn’t realize that so many teachers visited here at Mama’s, and I’m so tickled that you’re here.
I’ll be honest and say that I never consider Common Core standards when creating worksheets. While it’s on my radar in that I keep up with what is going on in regards to public school and Common Core, it’s not on my personal radar here at home.
So despite your requests to adhere to Common Core standards, that is just not something I can fulfill at this time. I just don’t have the time or energy to figure out the standards and how or if my worksheets meet those standards.
- Requests for Themed Worksheet Topics
For those of you with requests for packets, I read each suggestion and it’s on my agenda for the new year!
- There were many requests to see what a typical day looks like at our house.
This was the most requested item on the survey, interestingly enough. I’ll write a post like that in the next few weeks, but some of you may be disappointed! We’re not all that exciting at the Hill House. 🙂
Do you have any other questions or concerns? Did that clear up some of the concerns about my charging for paid downloads?
Feel free to leave questions in the comment section here. I’m happy to address them, but please be kind. 🙂