Monday, April 7, 2014

My Top Picks For Homeschool Curriculum


These are just a few of my favorite choices.

Top Places to Shop:

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 purchase curriculum from the provider's website.
 You can also find great deals on used curriculum at Amazon.com and Ebay.

Curriculum Choices (Complete) :
My #1 Choice for the very best in complete curriculum choices is.....

The DVDs are spectacular! 

Other Top Complete Curriculum Providers:

Individual Subjects

Math:

Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition Home Study Kit & Teaching Tape Technology DVD Set Bundle  -
Bring in some outside instruction, and ensure that your students are really getting their Saxon math lessons! Designed to meet the needs of homeschoolers, Teaching Tapes features instruction by a state-certified teacher who explains and demonstrates each concept, example, and practice problem. Perfect for students working at their own pace, Teaching Tape DVDs will help students gain a solid understanding of the material they're working on.



An unique integration of manipulatives and DVD instruction that is focused on concept mastery. 



Science:







21 Years Strong as the Leading Bible-based Nature Journal
Readers call it, "The Christian answer to National Geographic" -- EVERY ISSUE A KEEPSAKE!
English/Grammar

My absolute favorite! Easy Grammar.
However, most all curriculum providers offer English/Grammar.

Unit Studies:


(Such Fun!)
Prairie Primer | Main photo (Cover)
Base your schooling on the Little House series! Written by a Christian homeschooler specifically for homeschoolers, this hefty book will help you get the most out of these beloved books. Like KONOS, there are so many activities to choose from, you may want to pick and choose or, as one mother suggests, use different ones with different children according to their interests. Each of the nine Little House books is a different unit focusing on themes found in that book such as: the Postal Service, Railroads, Plants & Animals, 1800’s American History, Courtship & Dating, Photosynthesis & Uses of Plants, Food Chains, etc. Additionally, each unit covers virtually all subject areas (history, science, health, nutrition, practical skills, literature, writing, geography, Bible, character building, crafts and more). The nine units are divided into four weeks each, so that the entire resource can be completed in a year, although you may choose to make it last for two by slightly altering the suggested daily schedule. There are four lessons given for each of the four weeks, with the fifth day left open as a “catch up” day. A Weekly Planning guide highlights resources and
materials to be gathered ahead of time and helps direct the focus of the study.

Where the Brook and River Meet
Where the Brook and River Meet | Main photo (Cover)
A literature-based unit study by the author of The Prairie Primer, based on Anne of Green Gables. It covers literature, composition, Bible, fine arts, social studies, economics, health, physical and occupational education, and life skills for the duration of the course. Areas of study not included which you will need to purchase separately are science, math, and grammar and spelling (if needed). The author also suggests using a one-year Latin course of your choice “in keeping with the spirit of Academics and Anne.” I think that would appeal to Anne as well! There are four books required for use with this curriculum - The Annotated Anne of Green Gables, Anne‘s Anthology, Writers INC (2001 edition), and The Green Gable Letters from L.M. Montgomery to Ephraim Weber 1905-1909. Other resources are recommended throughout the curriculum, which you will probably be able to find at the library. The curriculum guide is divided into nine units, each one focusing on four to five chapters of Anne of Green Gables. Each unit can be completed in four weeks, thus allowing the study to be completed in a year, but it can also easily span two years if students choose to complete more of the activities or even spend more time on the activities. Planning guides are given at the beginning of each unit, and daily lesson plans are also given for those wishing to finish within a year. Both of these resources allow you to better plan the time and
activities to fit your schedule. Occasional student worksheets are included, which are reproducible for your family‘s use. This unit study guide was revised and updated in 2004.

The Pilgrim's Progress All-In-One Curriculum

The Pilgrim's Progress DVD shown in the picture above is a great resource for the book. However, the movie has scenes that may frighten young children. 

Search online for many other fun and educational unit studies! History unit studies can be fun and educational for the whole family. For example, we took a field trip to Historical Savannah, GA while studying early settlements. We visited Magnolia Springs State Park which was also know as Camp Lawton during the Civil War. We learned how the park was built as a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps and much about President Roosevelt.

Reading/ Literature:


BJU Journey Books for Young Readers
The Arby Jenkins series is great for boys. We loved Stuart's Run to Faith.




Various books for Christian girls:

Stepping Heavenward 
by Elizabeth Payson Prentiss

Beautiful Girlhood 
by Karen Andreola

Anne of Green Gables 
by L.M. Montgomery

Little Women 
by Louisa May Alcott

Joni: An Unforgettable Story 
by Joni Eareckson Tada 

It’s (Not That) Complicated: How to Relate to Guys in a Healthy, Sane, and Biblical Way 
by Anna Sofia Botkin 

The Diary of a Young Girl 
by Anne Frank 

The Story of My Life 
by Helen Keller 

So Much More 
by Anna Sofia Botkin 

The Little House Collection (Little House, #1-9) 
by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Joyfully at Home: A Book for Young Ladies on Vision and Hope
by Jasmine Baucham

Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity
by Sarah Mally

Raising Maidens of Virtue: A Study of Feminine Loveliness for Mothers and Daughters

by Stacy McDonald
History:

Abeka History

BJU Heritage Studies/History




Bible Study:

My #1 suggestion...Read through the Bible with your family!


Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of English Language | Main photo (Cover)
The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of English Language is a great resource for Bible Study!
The meanings of words change over time. Take the word “marriage,” for example. Who knows how a modern secular dictionary will define it tomorrow? Fortunately, we have a standard available that will not change, because the definitions are based on the word’s Biblical usage and basis in one of 26 original languages. This reprint of Noah Webster’s classic is nearly a textbook in itself, as it gives examples of word usage from classical literature and the Bible. What better way to understand the writings of America’s founding fathers than to define their words as they would have understood them.



We enjoyed these!

BJU



This is an online movie. You can also purchase the dvd.
Fix some popcorn, get comfortable, and watch this with your kids during  Bible time or family time.
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We love this at our house!



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Great for preteen and teen girls, or for a group.

Polished Cornerstones (for girls) and Plants Grown Up (for boys) from Doorposts. I have not used these , but I have heard good reviews.



God and Me journals for girls.


Balancing the Sword. Fill in the answers as you read through the entire Bible. Find at Rainbow Resource.
Balancing the Sword w/ on-line software | Main photo (Cover)


Educational Websites:

*Christian parents be aware that educational activities on these websites may be from a secular point of view. 


Other Helpful Websites and Resources:


Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.



The Georgia Home Education Association is a network of home education families and support groups dedicated to observing the Biblical commands for parents to train their children. The purpose of the association is:
To aid in the creation and growth of home education support groups throughout Georgia.
To provide information regarding the legal climate of home education in Georgia and in our nation.
To protect the freedoms of home educators in Georgia and in our nation.
To establish an effective grass roots network to be able to take immediate action to fight legislation harmful to the family and home education.
To assist home schoolers in locating supports groups in their area.
To publish a state newsletter and conduct periodic state home education conventions and other educational/training opportunities.
To direct families coming into or leaving Georgia in terms of support groups and laws governing home education.
To provide families new to home education with basic resources and information about home education.
To honor the Lord Jesus Christ and advance His kingdom.

Personalized diplomas and diploma covers, caps & gowns, honors items, graduation announcements, and IDEAS to help you make this a special time for your graduates.

Offers
you encouragement, advice, and standardized achievement testing to support you in homeschooling.

Provides affordable, standardized testing and test preparation materials to meet your testing needs.

Printables and Resources
for Home, Home School, and Classrooms.
Great record keeping forms here!


Product Details

"Every Christian parent with a child in a government school should see this [movie]. A mass exodus from government schools is the only way to preserve the souls and minds of our children." (Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist) "Every church in America should show IndoctriNation. Every Christian should show IndoctriNation to their friends." (Ted Baehr, MovieGuide) If you're not ready to take a hard look at the true state of public education, you will want to avoid this unflinching and highly controversial documentary. But that would be a mistake! Nearly 90% of Christian children attend a public school. Their families have a vested interest in all that happens there. Join Scottish homeschool father, Colin Gunn, across the USA. Colin and family drive a school bus on a road trip from New York City to Washington, DC, from Boston to the Creation Museum, on a quest to understand the origins and social impact of American's modern public education system. Are the public schools an educational "neutral zone," or a humanistic program designed to undermine the influence of the Church and the family? Is there truth to the "salt and light" argument that encourages Christians to send their kids to public school? Featuring compelling interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and other whistleblowers, this film is part documentary, part testimonial, and totally captivating. Above all it is both an encouragement and challenge to the millions of Christians who need to know what God's Word says about the discipleship and training of the next generation. You will want to give this DVD to every parent you know. With Samuel Blumenfeld, Geoffrey Botkin, Scott Brown, John Eidsmoe, John Taylor Gatto, Ken Ham, Sarah LaVerdiere, Neal McCluskey, Michael Metarko, E. Ray Moore, Gary North, Erwin Lutzer, Doug Phillips, Howard Phillips, Karl Priest, Bruce Shortt, R.C. Sproul, Jr., Kevin Swanson, Herb Titus, Robert Ziegler, Voddie Baucham and many more!

Homeschool Magazines:






Other magazines:

Home Educating Family
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Home School Digest Magazine

Videos:














10 comments:

  1. Great lists...but you cannot honestly do all of these in a year, can you? I have some of them sitting on my shelf because there is simply not enough time. Sigh.

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    1. Oh gosh no! I can not do all these is one year. These are some of my favorite picks over the years. With only one year left to homeschool, I wish I could go back and start over. My favorite memory is reading through the Bible with my kids. The Prairie Primer was fun for my daughter when she was younger. After 15 years, I am going to miss it so much! Enjoy each day, and keep it fun!
      God Bless,
      Chris

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  2. Do you you have any suggestions for someone who doesn't have alot of money to buy a cirriculum, but def. wants something Bible based? This will be my first year homeschooling, and my daughter will be in kindergarten.

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    1. My first suggestion would be to enjoy this first year. You can easily put together your own kindergarten material based on ideas you find in certain curriculum. You can join websites like those listed above for printable worksheets. Bible can easily be incorporated into all subjects. Make flash cards for letter sounds and have a Bible word to associate with it. For example, the letter "D" sounds like the beginning of David. paste a picture of David on one side and the letter on the other. Go over the sound, tell about David being a little shepherd boy who fought lions and Goliath. Make up trace paper for the letter D or simple words. Some websites have these. Check Enchanted Learning or Edhelper. You can also buy a cd of children's Bible songs to go along with it. Lapbooks are fun. I have tons of ideas. Email me justmechrismt@gmail.com and I can give you more ideas on the subjects you want help with or give you my # to call.
      God bless,
      Chris

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  3. We have used many of these resources also..... I love homeschooling, although right now, I LOVE summer and a break. :) The fun thing is that my kids are still learning every summer, but we just don't do the regular bookwork that we do during the school year. What a blessing to school our children. Thank you for posting this. :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting. This will be our last year. It's bitter sweet. I will miss it very much!
      God bless.

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  4. I love your book list. I have many of these same books on my shelf! I'm a big fan of the Well-Planned Day planner and have used it for years.

    Thanks for linking-up at Beauty Observed!

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    1. I love Well Planned Day too. The format for writing down weekly assignments is great. Thanks for hosting link ups on your blog! I host new link ups each Wednesday that run for a whole week. Feel free to link as many posts as you'd like! The link is still open now.
      God bless.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your curriculum picks. We are always looking for new suggestions. I found your blog at What to read Wednesdays

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  6. Wonderful resources for homeschool! We love Math-U-See, and I am hoping to try Abeka and Apologia in the future. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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