How Do I Choose Curriculum?
When choosing curriculum for your homeschool it is wise to first consider your homeschooling style. After that you may want to choose a resource such as Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum which includes product reviews of some of the best material available. Another great way to find curriculum is by asking friends who homeschool to show you what they use. Veteran homeschoolers are an invaluable resource for helping you set up your own homeschool!
Below is a list of some of the more popular curriculum providers. You may wish to contact each of the companies and request a catalog. This is a good way to see what is available and compare each one.
Rainbow Resource - This is an excellent source for a vast amount of available homeschooling material.
CBD - Christian Book Distributors has an excellent selection of homeschooling materials available at discount prices. The above mentioned resource is available from this company.
Alpha Omega - This company publishes several popular curriculum choices including LifePacs, Switched On Schoolhouse, Horizons and Weaver.
Abeka - Traditional textbook approach.
Bob Jones - Traditional textbook approach as well as a DVD based curriculum.
Sonlight - Complete curriculum with a literature based approach.
Ambleside Online - Free online curriculum implementing the Charlotte Mason method.
Timberdoodle - A variety of selections for homeschool.
Veritas Press - Classical Education
Classical Conversations - This classical curriculum provider offers weekly "co-op" style classes as well.
The Curriculum Exchange - Selling new and used homeschool curriculum.
Math -U-See - Excellent hands on math curriculum, especially good for younger grades.
Curriculum Express - Offers a year of curriculum in a box.
To find a review on many curricula go to http://www.cathyduffyreviews.com. A great web site that offers review and advice about curriculum.
This is a small sampling of the available curricula. You can also find and purchase curriculum at the Great Homeschool Convention, SCHEA or GHEA conventions in the Spring. These conventions are a wonderful way to get your hands on the curriculum for yourself to see if it will suit your needs. They also offer wonderful help and encouragement for the new homeschooler and veteran alike.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth. 3 John 4