For many years I’ve been in the position of being a contact person for new homeschool families. I’ve found myself counseling many nervous moms as they try to find their way in a brand new world after pulling their kids from school. The first few weeks can be quite daunting!
- The very best is Teaching Textbooks. I can’t say it enough! We LOVE Teaching Textbooks. You can read more about how much we love Teaching Textbooks in a blog post I did a while back.
- Looking for a free online resource? Check out Khan Academy. This is not a traditional curriculum at all, but there are some families that use it as their stand-alone resource.
- Another online program, ALEK.com provides a families with a student side and a parent log-in. I think the site is too pricey for a subscription based program; however, I really like their assessment program. For families that are struggling to identify their student’s knowledge level, I highly recommend utilizing the free trial. You can also check out my review of the program here.
- Apologia is the leading supplier of homeschool curriculum for science for a very good reason. No one does it better! The company has expanded in recent years and now offers a large number of additional resources.
- Answer in Genesis produces a multitude of resources on science and creation apologetics. Everything from a monthly magazine, educational DVDs, workshops, and traditional history and science curriculum.
- Institute for Excellence in Writing is the golden standard for writing curriculum in most homeschool circles. We’ve used IEW material for years, and while I do think it’s the best… I have to point out that my favorite thing about IEW is not the curriculum itself, but the company’s founder Andrew Pudewa. In retrospect, the one speaker I wish I had listened to earlier on in our homeschool journey is Andrew Pudewa, or as I like to call him “The Great Pudewa”. I would have saved myself a lot of headaches and a lot of money if I had actually listened to a lot of his wisdom. If you need inspiration or guidance, consider purchasing audio files from the IEW website to hear many of his workshops.
- This fall (2013), we’re jumping into a new writing program Write At Home. I can’t give you a full review until we’ve actually used it longer… but I’m excited about it.
- New homeschoolers will of course find the recommendation to study Latin to be a bit over the top. But when you are ready, you absolutely HAVE to check out Visual Latin. This is without a doubt one of the best pieces of curriculum in the homeschool market. Period.
- I would NOT say that this program qualifies as one of our current favorites, but as a new homeschooler back in 2001, we were jumping into seventh grade and we wanted the structure of having a curriculum that showed up all in one box and told us exactly what to do. We used Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse for our first year. They offer a computer based programs, online programs and a traditional workbook program. You can use their material for every subject or just purchase a couple.