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I still can’t believe it. One whole year since my High School graduation. Seems like it was just yesterday…
The world of homeschooling has grown to unimaginable proportions over the years and has, in turn, brought an extremely colossal market of homeschool curriculum and materials. To some newbies, the market can feel rather daunting and irreproachable, but with the guidance and product reviews of curriculums that other homeschool families have used and loved, helps those timid first-timers feel like they can enter into the land of home educators.
Being the author of this blog, and myself, being a graduate of homeschool, I want to help those who are striving to do find what they are looking for that’ll work with their family and on their path to home education.
After my first couple years of homeschooling, I was never on a set curriculum. We used the Charlotte Mason method. Most of our “curriculum” was made up of others and individual materials, or put completely together by my mom, with all the hours and assignments to achieve a required credit to graduate.
My Top 7 Favorite Homeschool Curriculum and Materials:
- Math-U-See – Personally, I thought this math curriculum was the only one that was so understandable. The companies name says it all, “Math you see.” I’m not the one in my family that is good with numbers, but I aced all my grades! (That says something…). It was so easy and enjoyable until I got into Algebra and my whole love of math went out the window. That disappearing love isn’t because of the curriculum, it was because of the math…if that makes any sense. Even then the math was explained in such a way my the instructor, Steve Demme, that I could do it! I highly suggest this math to those of you who do not like math, or cry because of it.
- The 101 Series – Have I said enough about this product? Probably not. These creationist-based science DVD curriculum is so amazing. My brothers and myself all have enjoyed them. I preferred Chemistry 101 or Biology 101, just because it was that much more exciting to me. What I thought was incredible was that the whole family loves it; from the three year old brother to my *ahem* year old dad! The information and graphics that are given in these DVDs are very impressive and extremely informative. This is just what I thought of this product, as a high school student, but I was very impressed with what a former Chemist teacher and another homeschool mother had to say about this product! It just made me stand behind this company and product even more. I can’t wait for Physics 101 to come out! (Oh, The 101 Series has an affiliate program, too!)
- Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) – Writing has always been something I enjoyed. I thought I was real talented in this area, as well, several years ago, until I was given this curriculum. It was fantastic! The amount of grammar I did not know was surprising. What was really impressive about this writing curriculum was the checklists and banned words. With each writing assignment came a checklist. On these checklists were the things you MUST have in your written paper, such as a sentence that started with –LY, short sentences, sentenced that had which or what in it, and a few others. Also on those checklists were to make sure you didn’t have any banned words in your paragraphs. You could not use the words, good/bad, said, come/came, etc. If you just look at those words, you’d think, “That’s easy!” But trust me, it isn’t. I never realized how often I used those words! The final products of written assignments were mouth-dropping in comparison to my writing of the year before. If your child needs any improvement in writing, or you want them to perfect themselves in that area, this product is for them.
- YWAM – My family uses these books for a few reasons in our homeschool. 1.) History 2.) Geography & culture 3.) Bible. We all enjoy reading both the missionary books and history biographies of those great men and women of years past. The amount of education we received from reading these books alone was amazing, not to mention hearing the story of Christ through the works of missionaries, as they ministered to the people of different countries. Highly suggest these.
- Lamplighters – Oh. These little beauties. We used these books for both literature and character training in our homeschooling. Many of these books are reproductions of classics, many of which we never hear of, such as: Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince (Awesome in the dramatized CDs), What’s Her Name?, Charlie’s Choice and many others. My mom and I could easily spend $100 in less than five minutes, when we are at their booth. There are just so many to choose from. My mom has learned to find the books that would best help us in the characteristics that we lack in, and then gives them for us to read. They really do help.
- Homeschool in the Woods – My brothers and I used these for years! AWESOME! At the beginning we would do the whole lapbook and activities, while learning about some time period in history. We loved them. It wasn’t until my mom had an idea to make it a binder book that we started to just use the timeline drawings from Homeschool in the Woods. Those timeline figures did wonders to our binder books. If you want some hands on learning with your children about certain time periods, this would be an incredible investment.
- Answers in Genesis – Gah! I love AiG. There books on creation are all over our shelves. This is what my brother and I grew up on. The creation books from AiG are what first planted a firm foundation to be creationists. The books that this company provides are so informative and full of compelling evidence that this world was created by God and what is better, they aren’t hard to understand. If you’re looking for resources that’ll build a foundation of creation, go to Answers in Genesis. Amazing stuff.
There a plenty more! Here are a couple more that I suggest. My suggestions for these next ones are from my younger brother using them in his schooling, and from other homeschooling families recommendations, not because I have personally used them myself.
The best thing about doing Charlotte Mason through most of my homeschool years was being able to watch how my mom planned our school years. Later in High School I was able to help plan my school, of course, my mom had complete control, she just let me choose a couple things…which to me, seemed like I helped plan.
What is one homeschool curriculum that you really enjoy using?I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.