Just in case you are trying to decide what homeschool curriculum to choose from, I decided to make a list of what I’ve used. I’ve done my best to include the main things I’ve used over the years. I was not paid to post any of this. Some of these I really loved and some were so-so. Everyone has their own opinion and preference.
This is also not an exhaustive list of everything that I’ve used. As most homeschool moms know we kind of tend to try a good bit of curricula out until we find what we really like and what works. I’m also one of those homeschoolers that didn’t use one brand that came prepackaged with all subjects except for the first few years. The first few years I homeschooled we did that until I was ready to venture out into the water and start trying different programs and different styles. Then I started mixing and matching until I found what worked for me and each of our children.
That’s the beauty of homeschooling. You can pick a prepackaged curriculum or mix and match. It’s completely up to you! Remember you are not a public school, you are a homeschooler. That is so empowering! It also frees you up to do what is best for each of your children. If you have any questions about any of the curricula that I’ve used, feel free to ask.
Homeschool Curriculum I’ve Actually Used:
- Five In a Row
- Tapestry of Grace
- Bob Jones University
- Saxon Math
- Apologia Science: Elementary and High School
- Easy Grammar
- Writing Strands
- Reading Strands (Now looks like it’s updated and included with Writing Strands)
- Story of the World
- The Well-Trained Mind
- The Prairie Primer
- Copywork Series
- The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading
- First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind
- Progeny Press Literary Guides
- Life of Fred Math
- Spell to Write and Read
- Wise Guide for Spelling
- Vocabulary Vine (Not sure if it’s still in publication)
- Language Lessons for High School
- Trail Guide to Geography
- Streams of Civilization
- Further Up and Further In
I hope this list helps you when making decisions about curriculum. It’s a very personal decision that you and only you should make. Don’t be too persuaded by what all your friends are using. What they’re using may or may not work for your family. Same thing for vendors when you’re at a conference or book fair. They can be pretty persuasive!
Be smart, and ask lots of questions. Look at different ways you can use it. Does it fit your teaching style or your child’s learning style? Can it be adapted? How much time does it take in a day to teach it? The better feel you get for a curriculum the more you know whether it will work or not for you. If you have any questions about anything I have used, ask away!
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