Choosing Curriculum

Worried you won’t be able to do enough?

Wondering if your child will fall behind?

Nervous about preparing your child for his or her future?

You are not alone on the journey.
There are endless solutions and ideas to help with your concerns
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STEP 1. WHY are you homeschooling your child? – What is YOUR heart for homeschooling? Write this answer down in BIG LETTERS to remind yourself over and over again during the tough times or confusing times or overwhelming times!
– To avoid district confusion? Great reason!
– To protect from illness? Great reason!
– To provide consistent learning amidst confusion? Great reason!
– To choose what your children learn? Great reason!
– To instill your family’s beliefs on your children? Great reason!
– To provide opportunities for character building? Great reason!
– To ensure high academic standards? Great reason!
– To invest time in arts, travel, or athletic pursuits? Great reason!
Keep the PRIORITY the priority! Try not to allow yourself to be swayed by millions of other families and their individual goals. God has created 1 family like yours! Seek Him and follow Him!

STEP 2. HOW will you homeschool your children? – Know yourself first! Your learning style. Your love language. Your educational approach.

Know your children next: THEIR learning styles. THEIR love languages. The educational model best suited for EACH ONE OF THEM.

Than put it all together with YOUR FAMILY’S homeschool style!

STEP 3. But what I really want to know is: WHAT curriculum will I use!? Grab yourself a cup of something yummy – you’re going to be here for a while! 🙂

If you have thoughtfully answered the questions in Step 1 and 2, your answers will serve as a filter as you sort through endless links and recommendations.

More ideas to consider:
How much money do you HAVE to spend? You can homeschool for FREE! It may take more effort finding free resources, but it’s possible!

Or you can follow https://allinonehomeschool.com/ – A complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum for your family.

https://www.amblesideonline.org/ – AmblesideOnline is a free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. 

Is there an expert on homeschool curriculum? Probably not 1 person, but Cathy Duffy has reviewed countless types of learning resources.

What are some common resources many families use? HERE WE GO! 🙂

https://www.sonlight.com/ – Sonlight’s homeschool curriculum “secret” comes down to this: we believe most children respond more positively to great literature than they do to textbooks. Books – quality books – can distill the wisdom of an entire life into the span of a few pages.

https://www.aceministries.com/homeschool-options – Designed around a new format: that of building skill upon skill one packet at a time. The scope and sequence ignores the concept of grade level and moves with continuous progress beginning with the first skill to be mastered. 

https://www.oakmeadow.com/ – Experiential education for curious and creative learners

https://www.easygrammar.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html – Easy Grammar Systems is a leading publisher for grammar and writing curriculum for grades 1 – 12+.  

https://mathusee.com/ – Math-U-See is a complete K-12 math curriculum focused on homeschool and small group learning environments that uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach mastery of math concepts.

https://honeycombandhandiwork.com/ – Learning Guides for Guiding Children as They Learn Through God’s Creation

https://www.abeka.com/ – Comprehensive, traditional, Biblically-based curriculum, textbooks, teaching aids, and more for Preschool–Grade 12.

https://www.spanish.academy/ – HSA offers Spanish curricula for all ages.
Schedule classes on any day of the week – you can take them on your own, or share a class and save money!

https://www.carsondellosa.com/search-results/?q=spectrum – Spectrum is a leading workbook for children needing help to improve their skills in the core subjects of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science—and it even features materials for test prep and practice. 

https://www.criticalthinking.com/ – We design critical thinking into our reading, writing, math, science, and history lessons so students carefully analyze what they are learning.

https://fiveinarow.com/Five in a Row is an easy-to-follow, highly effective instructional guide for teaching Social Studies, Language, Art, Applied Math and Science using outstanding children’s literature as the basis for each weekly unit study. 

https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/ – Unique Emphasizes family, God, high character, nature, and wholesome literature Requires no daily prep time—just open the book and follow the instructions, learning and exploring along with your child.

https://classicalacademicpress.com/collections/well-ordered-language – Presents the study of language in a way that appeals to a child’s inborn curiosity and desire to collect, gather, and order.

https://gatherroundhomeschool.com/ – Gather ‘Round Homeschool is not just a curriculum, it is really an entirely new way to homeschool. Targeted lessons that challenge and inspire curiosity in our students and are age/stage appropriate. 

https://www.scholastic.com/home/ – At Scholastic, we believe that the development of robust literacy skills is at the very heart of empowering children to thrive in school and in life.

https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/ – Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum for creative, hands-on, and gifted learners.

https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-help/lapbooks/ – Lapbooks for turning learning

https://homeschoolgiveaways.com/2014/04/over-70-free-literature-study-guides/ – Free Literature Study Guides to follow quality reading –

And if that isn’t enough! 🙂 – https://www.christianbook.com/apps/finder?type=Homeschool&event=Homeschool|1000117