10 fantastic resources to help you make the right choice for your child’s home education
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Ever since Covid-19 and the craziness that has ensued, most people’s lives have been affected in one way or another.
A huge area that has taken a hit during the pandemic is in the realm of education.
So much change, controversy, uncertainty, and confusion.
No fun for anyone!
But here we are, about to embark on the 2020-2021 academic school year, with many unknowns ahead of us.
Some school districts have made their decisions for the year and know (or think they know!) how they’re going about everything.
Other districts and states are still in progress when it comes to these decisions.
For those of you who find yourself in the “instant homeschool mom” category and are literally freaking out inside, this article is for you!
Finding a homeschool curriculum for your child can be a tedious task. There are so many great options.
Which one is the right fit for your kids?
Hopefully this list of resources will help you as you navigate this new journey.
Homeschool Curriculum Resources:
the homeschool mom
This blog helps moms figure out which curriculum to use and allows you to see what other homeschool moms think about each type of curriculum. What has worked for some may not work for you and your kids.
There are both positive and negative reviews for the various curriculums. They also offer a sign-up to access their homeschool planner along with other resources.
You can also find reviews based on subject (reading, math, science) or by publisher. The que is endless with the amount of information you can research!
Cathy Duffy Reviews
This is a fantastic site packed with information and all kinds of reviews.
Cathy has been reviewing homeschool curriculum for over 3 decades. She knows her stuff!
Her website states: “Our primary goal always remains the same: To help families successfully educate their own children!”
Sounds like an awesome goal to me!
You can do advanced searches on her site, curate a list of your favorite reviews, and even search by subject.
She offers a free newsletter sign up so that you don’t miss out on any of the newest homeschool reviews.
She also has a book called 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum that’s apparently very good!
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They refer to themselves as “The Original Homeschooling Community.”
You’re able to dive right into reading reviews and researching different options regarding homeschool curricula.
They offer reviews and information on both Christian and secular homeschool curriculum.
One of my favorite aspects of their website is their articles section, which covers topics regarding graduation advice, special needs students, and even homeschool related podcasts!
Overall, this website appears to be very thorough and helpful to parents.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like I go to Pinterest all the time for almost anything…including homeschooling ideas.
If you go to their website and type in Best Homeschool Curriculum Reviews in the search bar, you will be inundated with tons of pins from moms who have done the grunt work for you.
They’ve tested out various curriculums, come up with the positives and negatives, and have put their ideas together in nice little paragraphs and articles.
It’s always nice to hear from fellow moms that are on similar journeys in the schooling world.
Definitely check out Pinterest and get busy searching!
Vary up what you type in the search bar: best homeschool curriculum, search by grade level, subject matter, etc.
The possibilities…and pins…are endless!
This website is run by a mom named Carletta. She grew up with an Aunt who homeschooled all 12 of her children…that’s right, TWELVE!
After witnessing the benefits in her cousins from homeschooling, she decided to do the same for her children.
There is lots of great information on her website and her blog.
You can search curriculum, read reviews, get specifics on subjects and grade levels, and even read about the various laws and methods for homeschooling.
She also wrote an Ebook listing many ways to save money on homeschooling, so that you don’t have to break the bank educating your kids!
Finding the right homeschool curriculum can be a tedious task. There are so many great options. Which one is the best fit for your kids?
This is a Pennsylvania-based homeschool resource that’s been around since 1989.
They are committed to curating a unique curriculum plan for every student based on their needs so that students can thrive, excel and meet their goals.
Bridgeway offers 3 programs: independent study for K-12, Bridgeway Academy (accredited, their all-inclusive homeschool solution), and a program for charter school students (for Bridgeway’s school partners and families).
They serve students in PreK through high school.
Their dual credit program is very beneficial for high school students who are wanting to earn college credit!
If you’re not wanting to come up with curriculum on your own and trust those who’ve been in this field much longer than you, Bridgeway sounds like a great resource.
This is a blog run by a gal named Sara Dennis. She’s a homeschool mom of 6 kiddos!
She’s gone through ups and downs on her journey and has finally settled into a healthy and happy routine.
Her blog has tons of resources for those interested in providing their children with a classical education, and she’s a mom that’s in your corner when it comes to a faith-based education!
She has an article titled Homeschool Curriculum Reviews You Need to Read.
She reviews over 50 different ones! Definitely check that out!
Sara has created a community within her blog that, as a valued member, you receive encouraging emails, learn about the joy in educating your children, plus you get access to her library of resources!
If you’re interested in being a part of an encouraging homeschool community, it sounds like Sara’s is a great one to check out.
How To Homeschool
This is an all-inclusive website for homeschool parents, complete with a section for new homeschoolers, curriculum, product reviews, information about special needs, free homeschooling resources, and overall great information!
They have an article called Best Homeschool Curriculum & Products-2020 where they go into great detail about various homeschooling resources.
Many of these products/resources I’d never even heard of.
As a fairly new homeschool mom myself, I’m definitely interested in expanding my knowledge of curriculum.
Writing to Win is a full curriculum of integrated reading and writing.
Math Mammoth is a program that emphasizes mental math, number sense, and conceptual thinking.
Sounds pretty awesome!
I’d never heard of either of these until I landed on this site!
It also lists popular children’s book authors and even has some test prep resources too (SAT and ACT).
You could easily spend lots of time scouring this website for helpful information!
Breakthrough Blog 4 Women
This is a blog run by a gal named Angela, who goes by Coach Angie. She is a mom to 5, currently homeschools 4, and is a certified Christian Life Coach.
When it comes to homeschooling she wants women to “Breakthrough to a Peaceful Homeschool.”
She shares tips on curriculum, schedules, field trips, co-ops, time management, learning styles, changing it up when things don’t work, and so much more!
She has a great article called Our Homeschool Curriculum Picks and Review for 2019-2020 School Year.
She walks you through each subject with her 13 year-old daughter and explains the curriculum she uses.
I love that she’s honest about things that didn’t work for her daughter and how they made some changes in order to see improvement and greater success!
I appreciate getting to see the different grade levels and corresponding curriculum choices, along with her honesty that mom’s first choice for things doesn’t always work out best.
You have to be willing to change it up if things aren’t working well for your child! Flexibility is so important.
Great website for interested homeschooling Moms!
This website offers advice about parenting and pregnancy, and has over 5,000 pieces of content for you to peruse in your spare time!
With over 100 healthcare professionals and other industry experts like pediatricians as contributors, they are a wealth of knowledge if you’re pursuing a happy, healthy family.
There’s also a great article on their website called The 7 Best Online Homeschool Programs of 2020 which contains their 7 “best of” categories: Best Overall, Best Budget, Best for Structure, Best for Community, Best Free, Best for College Prep, and Best for Math and Science.
They give a simple list at first with a one-line review, then further down the article there is a much longer detailed explanation.
To Wrap Things Up
I hope these resources help you answer the question, “What is the BEST homeschool curriculum?”
Not that you have enough decisions to make right now as it is.
I hope this list is helpful for you as you discover what works best for you and your kids!
Many of us are finding ourselves of thinking, Is this really for me? Am I actually attempting to teach my own children?
You’re not alone!
I’m hopeful that you will be encouraged that it is in fact possible to teach your children at home.
There may be days you hate it, but I’m hoping that you end up enjoying it.
Appreciate the progress you see in your child, and hopefully in yourself too!
One day at a time friend. That’s all any of us can do!
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