Check out these top 5 curriculum’s for homeschoolers!
Whether you are looking for new curriculum or you are a seasoned homeschooler looking for new ideas check out these highly rated ones.
If you want a popular curriculum set that covers all the subjects and can be bought together thus removing the guessing work from piecing them together one of these might be for you.
First lets talk a sec… Choosing a curriculum is a very personal thing and what works for one family might not work for another. Some things to consider when choosing are do you want your books and media to have a religious influence? What style of learners are you teaching? This is a super important thing to know. The basic learning styles are
Mixture of two or more
Most use more than one however, it is important to figure out what the main learning style is before proceeding. I wish I had done this when I first started. It would have saved me several hundred dollars and lots of long frustrating hours and tears.
Would more projects and less book work be better? Or is the computer going to be a large component of your daily homeschool routine?
Make sure to evaluate all of these factors before deciding! It saves money and frustration… just trust. 🙂
When looking at curriculum if you are a hands on person like I am you want to pick up the books flip through them and get a good feel for what you are getting into. The best way to do this is to visit a homeschool curriculum fair.
There are fairs usually once a year during the summer. Its a giant gathering of so many amazing people and curriculums but be prepared to take your wallet and want everything you see! Its like the homeschool parents candy store. Some of the really cool things I saw there I would never have found just searching online.
The best part was the super amazing deals on things like Rosetta Stone. The homeschoolers discount as I like to call it can really open up doors.
I am not a curriculum sales person and have zero compensation for any reviews here. All of this is purely opinion and I beseech you to do some research and find out what you think. All prices are based on what I found online: $ inexpensive $$ Moderately expensive $$$ Expensive
Long standing and frequently a top contender on most folks list. My experience with ABeka is limited to one year of second grade math workbooks that we used. My fidgety 2nd grader at the time struggled to sit still during the work and felt considerable stress during the timed drills weekly. (Which I had thought would be a good measure of learning, I was very wrong!)
This curriculum is one that can be purchased separately or as a boxed set that covers every subject out there. I know at the local homeschool curriculum fair the ABeka display was quite large and even busier. I stood in line 30 minutes to get the single math book we used that first year.
Covers: K-12th Grade
Price: $$ Sold by subject and Grade level.
2. BJU Press:
This particular one I have no real opinion on because I have never used it. I have however seen the massive following it has and witnessed first hand at the homeschool fair the line to speak with a sales person. Some of their stuff did appeal to me however, when I was searching for curriculum at the time the heavy religous aspect wasnt for me.
If that is your thing that’s great, I just was not drawn to this. I love teaching my children about religon and beliefs I just wanted it to be separate from our main body of work. Call me right or wrong it was the choice I made. Another beauty of homeschool, the choices we get to make instead of being dictated by a school board.
Covers: K-12 Grade
Price: $$ Subject and Grade level (from what I see)
3. My Father’s World
Again not one I have personally used but gets seriously rave reviews whenever I hear other homeschoolers talk about it. I am aware that this one uses the Charlotte Mason approach. Which if you are not familiar with is:
So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”
If you are not familiar with the types of homeschool styles of teaching I implore you to give them a good look! I made up a quick quiz to help get you started.
Click HERE to try the quiz out
Covers: K-12 Grade
Price: $ By Grade level
4. Moving Beyond The Page:
Ah, here is a curriculum I have grown really familiar with. It is run by age level and not grade level. I know at first confusing until you realize it’s actually brilliant! Don;t worry there are places on their website that determine what level is best for your child. For example they offered a 8-10 year level and it ended up working great for my 9-year-old but was not challenging enough for my 10-year-old who got bumped to the 9-11 category. By that age the teacher involvement has lessened some and the student is required to work more independently.
I think my favorite thing in receiving this curriculum was that we bought the whole Sha-Bang!!! It came in this enormous box I could not move off the porch and I am not even sure how it got there. I had to open it up and take it piece by piece into the house. Best UN-BOXING day ever!
I love how the projects came with everything we needed like seriously down to the pipe cleaners for the science stuff and dirt in a bag for the planting projects. Each one of the sections is started with a novel. So one year we were reading Little House In The Big Woods and to go with that in other subjects we had Native American stories for social studies and the books all work together! I love it. The kids seem to like it also. The workbooks are great and you can move as fast or as slow as you want. There is so much information in each one. The pace is set to follow per the book or you can move along through things faster or slower.
I loved this flexibility. There also are not quizzes constantly which stressed out my little one and made him not want to do the work. With that stress gone I was able to get him to really enjoy the work without worrying about memorizing it.
Covers: K-12 Grade
Price: $$ Age Level
Another one I hear wonderful things about but I have no personal experience with. I am aware that it is a christian focused curriculum. It seems to cover all subjects and is well reviewed. I also noticed they offer a subscription service. Per their website this curriculum has been newly redesigned. I wish I knew more about this one to share. Other than ladies on my homeschool fb page who say they love it I have no experience with it.
Covers: K-12 Grade
Price: $$ Grade level
This just scratches the surface of what is really available. These are some really well known and larger curriculums that can be purchased as a set for all subjects or individually.
I don’t want you to feel like you have to purchase an entire set. Sometimes you find a particular curriculum has one subject you like and you can pull from others for different subjects. This is totally ok! I did that the first year we homeschooled because the cost for two kids doing an all in one curriculum was super expensive.
The more you ask around the more you discover. Feel free to comment with some of your favorites as I would love to hear feedback.