Choosing Curriculum

So you've decided you want to homeschool...now what? You need to select curriculum. Check out this great link for ideas on curriculum styles and some useful tips. Once you have an idea about HOW your child learns best, you'll be better equipped to select the right curriculum. On this page we've listed some of our favorite curriculum choices. This list certainly doesn't review or cover all curriculum choices, but it's a place to start. Each family is different, therefore, each family is encouraged to research what materials would work best. A good curriciulum choice will fit both the kids and the parents. For example, if mom is the one teaching, but she really hates the way the Teacher Guides are laid out, it's probably not a good choice.

The Right Toolbar is a quick reference to connect to publisher websites. Below is an actual Summary and link to each curriculum. This allows you to know a few of the basics about each item before leaving this webpage.

We also highly recommend attending a Homeschool Expo or Conference to have an opportunity to shop for curriculum hands on. These expos allow you, the homeschooler, to hear experienced speakers, curriculum workshops and ask questions directly to curriculum representatives. Save yourself some costly mistakes by actually reviewing the materials you intend to use BEFORE you purchase.

Curriculum Summaries

Complete Kits

ABEKA has a complete academic program for nursery through grade 12. Accredited and non-accredited options. Traditional text and materials, lesson plans, teacher guides as well as a DVD program.

Alpha Omega has materials are for grades K-12 and allow you to select the program that will work best for your student and your family. Their options include a traditional book curriculum (Lifepacs), an interactive computer curriculum (Switched on Schoolhouse), foreign languages (Powerglide), distance learning options (Alpha Omega Academy)and more (Weaver , Horizons, etc.). These programs can be used independently or together based on the needs of the child.

Bob Jones features Christ-centered resources for education, edification and evangelism. Offers traditional texts, DVD and distance learning options, achievement testing and a homeschool consultant.

Christian Liberty Press is dedicated to finding, evaluating, and producing curriculum materials which are rooted in the Word of God and express a biblical worldview. Testing/Evaluation services are available to evaluate progress or help you customize your curriculum.

Sonlight is a Christian homeschooling company that specializes in literature-based homeschool curriculum programs. They provide complete homeschooling curriculum programs and individual homeschool materials so you can build the preschool or K-12 homeschool curriculum that best meets your family's needs.

Veritas specializes in providing educational materials for a classical Christian education in Christian schools and home schools. It seeks to provide the best home school curriculum and Christian school curriculum available. Whether it be phonics, studying the Bible, history or the great books studied in the Omnibus curriculum, we trust you will be blessed in extraordinary ways by your use of Veritas materials.

Language Arts

Analytical Grammar has great products to teach you how to teach grammar in a simple step by step format. If your child has been doing grammar worksheets forever - and still doesn't feel a sense of mastery - the material is not being presented properly! The trick is to help the student access the knowledge already in their head and organize it in a useful and comprehensive manner. Also includes great resources on how to write an essay and research paper.

Excellence in Writing is an award winning writing programs take all the guess work out of teaching your students how to write great reports, stories, essays and more. Modeled on the methods used by Benjamin Franklin, these programs are guaranteed to work for you or your money back.

Pearson Learning Group is home of the popular Sing, Spell, Read & Write and so many fun and effective books and programs designed to meet your homeschool needs. Build fluent, independent readers through a unique 36-step learning-to-read curriculum built on carefully sequenced, systematic, and explicit phonics instruction.

Sequential Spelling is AVKO's premiere seven level spelling program for the teaching of the patterns of English spelling within seven normal public school years.  Many homeschoolers complete all seven levels at a much faster rate.

Math

Key Curriculum Press was founded in 1971 by mathematics teachers and has remained focused on one goal: providing inovative textbooks and workbooks with an engaging inquiry-based approach to mathematics. Their Key to... series has become a favorite with homeschoolers for building true math comprehension.

Math on the Level is a complete K-8 homeschool math curriculum designed for the home learning environment. This well-tested curriculum provides a complete set of tools to teach any math topic from pre-K through pre-algebra and give your children a strong foundation in math.

Math U See's goal is to help produce confident problem solvers who enjoy the study of math. The students learn their math facts, rules, and formulas, and are able to use this knowledge in real life applications. The study of math is much more than committing a list of facts to memory. It includes memorization, but it also encompasses learning the concepts that are critical to problem solving. FREE demonstration video available.

Modern Curriculum Press Math (1-6) is a popular math program offering student-friendly lessons that enhance every child's math skills and number sense and a wealth of practice activities that build retention, inspire confidence, and engage students in relevant, active learning. Features consumable workbooks for K-6 grade. This is good for students who have trouble copying problems accurately but who understand how to work the problem.

Saxon offers the nation's bestselling and most thoroughly researched skills-based K-12 mathematics program. Saxon's unique pedagogical approach, based on instruction, practice and assessment distributed across the grade level, incorporates 20 years of research and classroom experience.

Shiller Math publishes research-based math curriculum, music, and manipulatives for students of ages 4-12, with beautifully designed lessons, diagnostic tests with answer keys, math songs, and Montessori-based manipulatives. No Montessori or math knowledge is required and there's zero lesson preparation - just read what's in quotes and you're good to go! Students using this approach consistently outperform their peers.

Teaching Textbooks were designed specifically for independent learners, they simply have more teaching/explanation than any other product on the market. We realized that independent learners needed a product that contains the maximum amount of teaching, so a Teaching Textbook™, with its approximately 700 pages of text and 120 - 160 hours of teacher instruction on CD-ROM, is both a teacher and a textbook combined into one.

VideoText Algebra is a complete, easy-to-understand Algebra and Geometry courses on DVD! You get Video Lessons, Course Notes, WorkTexts, Solutions Manuals, Progress Tests, Instructor's Guides, and unlimited Toll-Free Telephone Support.

History

My Father's World, a Christian curriculum uses hands-on unit studies with daily lesson plans. Enables families and multi-age groups to learn together. Provides easy-to-teach, integrated curriculum that is enjoyable, academically strong, and focused on character development. Great books rather than a traditional text approach.

Mystery of History while created as a guide through the annals of time, The Mystery of History will lead all ages clearly through the labyrinth that many find this subject to be. Up until now, most world history and bible history have been separated. Linda Hobar has taken the initiative to tell the whole story in a way that few have before. With a classical approach, she weaves the story line together of both world and Bible history in Volume I. Subsequent volumes continue to weave the message of the Gospel through the ages.

National Center for Constitutional Studies They have great products and they are currently offering a free teachers guide for download for "A More Perfect Union".

Drive Thru History

Story of the World

Science

Apologia provides fun and challenging K-12 creation-based science curriculum specifically designed for the home school. Written by a former university professor and homeschool parent, our courses provide college-preparatory science in a way that is both clear and challenging. Our texts are readable, easy to understand, and full of engaging experiments that can be performed at home.

Answers in Genesis

Unit Studies

Five in a Row

Konos

Unit Studies Made Easy

Directory of Unit Studies

Other

Rosetta Stone is the fastest way to learn a language. Guaranteed." Rosetta Stone is the #1 language-learning software in the world, used successfully by millions of people in 150 countries. Offers 30 different languages to choose from.

Ready-Made Preschool provides you with a complete program that includes a quality curriculum, along with the entire year's materials prepped and individually packaged. Designed for homeschooling families that want fun, hands-on learning for their preschoolers, but do not have the time to plan their lessons, gather the necessary materials, and prep them accordingly. With Ready-Made Preschool, you can engage your preschooler with confidence and ease!