How to Choose Curriculum
Read and research all you can (Look at the Helpful Links on this website for some ideas.) There is online curriculum, boxed curriculum (books and lesson plans all together), or eclectic curriculum (pieced together from a variety of publishers.) There are also many styles of curriculum.
Use what you learn to match your child’s learning style to your curriculum and/or your family’s situation (example: unit study works well for several children in different grade levels)
Look at online stores that carry curriculum, attend book fairs when available, talk to other home school families about their experiences. Also many homeschoolers post curriculum reviews on homeschooling blogs, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Know that your choice might not be exactly like someone else. That’s OK. Use what will work for your family!!
Cathy Duffy Curriculum Reviews
Curriculum Reviews by Users on the Homeschool Mom site
List of Online Schools (Christian)
This is a list put together by Cathy Duffy.
List of Online Individual Courses (Christian)
This is a list by Cathy Duffy.
Christian, Charlotte Mason inspired K-12 curriculum
Literature based curriculum. Several grades can be combined.
My Father's World Curriculum
K-12 Christian homeschool curriculum that combines Charlotte Mason's ideas, classical education, and unit studies with a biblical worldview and global focus. Several grades can be combined.
The Good and the Beautiful Curriculum
multi-level curriculum that incorporates stories and hands-on activities and encourages good morals
Heart of Dakota
A Christian, Charlotte Mason oriented curriculum that can be used with multiple ages at the same time.
Tapestry of Grace
A Christian unit study curriculum that covers most of the major subject areas for students K-12.
Gather Round Homeschool
A Christian unit-study program that can be used with children from PK- 12.
Simply Charlotte Mason
They show you how to confidently teach your whole family together using the Charlotte Mason method, living books, and their open-and-go daily plans.
Five in a Row
A literature-based unit study curriculum for Pre-K through 8th grade.
A free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason's classically-based principles.
Abeka (has online options)
Traditional, textbook based curriculum. They have an option of video courses and an online accredited school.
BJU (has online options)
Traditional, textbook based curriculum. They have an option of video courses both online and dvd, however it is not an accredited school. The online option saves time by letting students access tests and quizzes online and grading them as soon as they are completed.
Christian Liberty Press (has online option)
They offer full-grade-level curriculum packages, individual items, and testing services. Also has online option- CLASS Homeschools (homeschools.org)
Easy Peasy- Free Online Curriculum
A complete, free Christian K-12 online curriculum. You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies.
AOP Curriculum (has online option)
This includes Horizons workbook curriculum, LIFEPAC's student-paced curriculum, Switched on Schoolhouse computer-based curriculum, and Monarch's online curriculum. They also offer an accredited online academy.
Independent, Bible-based K–12 curriculum. Students work through paces independently.
The Well-Trained Mind Curriculum (has online options)
Well-Trained Mind homeschool curriculum includes works by Susan Wise Bauer as well as other classical history and classical resources... including Story of the World, First Language Lessons, and Writing with Ease. They also offer online classes through the Well-Trained Mind Academy.
A well-used publisher for Christian science curriculum. They also have some Bible and Worldview curriculum.
A Christian Curriculum that Combines History, Bible, and Literature
Mystery of History
A chronological, Christian, complete world history curriculum in 4 Volumes. All grades can be combined.
Veritas Press (has online option)
Classical, Christian curriculum in three different options: parent taught, self-paced, or live, online classes.
Critical Thinking Company
The award-winning Critical Thinking Company publishes PreK-12+ books and software to develop critical thinking. They also offer full curriculum.
Institute for Excellence in Writing
The IEW Writing curriculum by Andrew Pudewa is a homeschool writing curriculum that will instruct you on how to effectively teach writing, from the basics of paragraphs through advanced essays.
Essentials in Writing
Video based homeschool writing curriculum for your home school with an online grading option for 7-12th grades
Easy Grammar Systems is a leading publisher for grammar curriculum that is “Easy to Teach, Easy to Learn, Easy to Remember!”
All About Learning Press
All About Reading and All About Spelling Programs
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
A well-loved curriculum for teaching your child to read
DIVE Interactive Education
E-learning courses for Math (Shormann and Saxon) and Science. Live online math classes are also available.
1-7th Grade, Mastery Math curriculum. (7th grade is Pre-Algebra)
K-12 mastery-based, student-paced math courses
Life of Fred Math
Life of Fred engages students in a fun narrative while instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics--without an abundance of repetitive, boring drills
Independent, computer-based, spiral math curriculum.
The Art of Problem Solving Math
Textbook and Online Math Curriculum. Beast Academy Math for grades 2-5. AOPS Math for grades 5-12.
Ask Dr. Callahan Math
Video lessons for High School Math covering each topic and working examples as needed.
Math Without Borders
Home Study Companion series includes video lessons to match the textbook plus solutions to assigned problems on video.
Mr. D Math
Interactive online high school math courses or self-study online at your own pace
Derek Owens Math & Physics online homeschool classes
High School Math & Science Online Courses. He does all the grading for you.
My Homeschool Math Class.com
Real-time Math Classes for Homeschool Students. Quizzes and tests are submitted for grading and feedback.
Chalk Dust Video Learning Math Company
Complete Math DVD program for grades 3-12
Lists of Homeschool Spanish Options
Complete Spanish Homeschool Curriculum Round-Up by Learning Language at Home.
Homeschool Spanish Academy (online)
1-on-1 Online Spanish Instruction. All Grade Levels Available.
The Great Courses Plus- Streaming Service
A Subscription online streaming service that provides access to over 11,000 engaging video lectures in a variety of subjects and topics.
Online Chess Curriculum
10 Online Dual Credit Programs
List of 10 Online Dual Enrollment Programs with cost and descriptions of each
Teachers Pay Teachers
Lots of free and inexpensive curriculum tools for your homeschool. You can search by age or subject.
Rainbow Resource- Online Curriculum Store
They sell a large variety of curriculum. They also offer curriculum packages, both Christian and secular.
Timberdoodle Curriculum Store
They sell complete curriculum packages and individual curriculum.
Christianbook Homeschool Curriculum Store
One of the largest sites on the web for buying and selling new and used homeschool materials
Homeschool Buyer's Co-op
Homeschool Buyers Co-op Offers Affordable Homeschool Curriculum & Free Resources. Membership is free. There is an option to print free photo student IDs from their site.
Mardel Christian store has a variety of homeschool curriculum both online and in our local store (4324 W Waco Dr.)
Types of Homeschooling Methods
Traditional Textbook/Workbook — this philosophy uses textbooks and workbooks following a specified scope and sequence. (Examples: Abeka, Bob Jones)
Classical Education – this philosophy uses the Trivium as its basis teaching 1)Grammar Stage (Learn Elements of Lang., memorize, observe) 2)Dialectic Stage (Use facts to draw conclusions, debate and 3) the Rhetoric Stage (using language persuasively) (Example: “The Well-Trained Mind”)
Unit Study — In this philosophy, all subjects surround or spin from one topic. (Examples: “The Weaver”, “A World of Learning Adventure”, “How to Create A Unit Study”)
Charlotte Mason/’Whole’ Book Based – Involves children in real life situations exposes them to best sources, read “living” books (or whole books) which make subjects come alive. (Examples: “Educating the Whole-Hearted Child”, “For the Children’s Sake”, “Charlotte Mason Companion”)
Unschooling — in this philosophy, each child pursues his own interests. Parents provide resources for child to learn on his own and access real world. (Example: “The Joyful Home School”)
Delayed Academics – In this philosophy, the parent/teacher doesn’t start ‘formal’ education until the child is developmentally ready. (Example: “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook”)
Teaching Styles/Modes of Learning
Kinesthetic – Hands on Manipulative style. (example: “Math-U-See”)
Auditory – Listens well, hears the words – understands
Visual – Must “see” the concept either in writing or pictures
(The best curricula involve all three of these modes – to help the child remember what he/she has learned)
Learning and Personality Styles
Type A – Hands on – learns by doing. Short attention spans, do not like restraint, planning or structure.
Type B – Responsible, likes things structured, planned, organized. Tends to perfectionism.
Type C – likes to be in control of himself and his surroundings. Self-motivated, but lacks social skills and tends to enjoy solitary activities.
Type D – Has a warm, responsive personality. Concepts are more interesting to them than details. Sometimes starts with zeal , but easily loses steam once the excitement wears off
(Resources to help with Learning Styles – “Christian Home Education Manual-Elementary Grades”, “Educating the WholeHearted Child”, “The Way They Learn”.)