What Curriculum Should I Use?
Adapted from a compilation by Kathy Middleton. Taken from the CHECK website.
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Curricula Resources - General
There are many curricula available to homeschooling families, but there is no one “best” curriculum for every family. Each family must make its own curriculum decision by considering such things as the grade level and learning styles of students, teacher experience and confidence, the availability of other resources, and family finances. We encourage homeschoolers to consult curriculum review manual, such as Mary Pride’s Big Book of Home Learning or Cathy Duffy’s Christian Home Educator’s Curriculum Manual to obtain a broader perspective of the programs available.
These are just a few of the many curricula available to homeschoolers. Purchasing a curriculum is the most important decision a homeschooling family will make as it establishes its educational program. Accordingly, we recommend that prospective homeschoolers carefully consider all the options available by reading curriculum catalogs and homeschool magazines, visiting resource centers, attending workshops and seminars, and especially, consulting with other homeschooling families.
This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many other curricula which might be cited, but these are the ones of which we have some knowledge and/or familiarity. This listing does not constitute any endorsement of any curriculum, but simply lists them as resources.
3DLearn Interactive Academy (formerly Willoway Cyber School)
- Full-Time All Inclusive 7-12 Program
A Beka Books
- Traditional approach utilizing textbooks with emphasis on drill, repetition, and memorization; colorful, paperback, lots of busywork
- Pre-K through 12th grade with supplementary materials
- Major Christian publisher, conservative, patriotic
- Also offers Correspondence School and Video School
Advanced Training Institute International (ATI)
- Intensively Scriptural unit study approach developed around Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles seminars
- Utilizes Wisdom Searches, unit studies focusing on passages of Scripture
Alpha Omega Publications
Offers different brands of Christian curriculum covering all subjects for grades K-12:
- Switched on Schoolhouse - computer-based curriculum for grades 3-12
- LIFEPAC - a worktext curriculum for grades K-12
- Horizons - “spiral learning” format for Math and Language Arts, grades K-6
- The Weaver Curriculum - a Bible-based unit (integrated) study that incorporates every method of teaching for grades preK-12
Bob Jones University Press
- Traditional approach utilizing textbooks balances learning fact, understanding concepts, developing reasoning skills and nurturing Christian character
- Well known publisher of texts for private Christian schools, offer a full range of homeschooling materials for grades K-12
- Classical approach utilizing textbooks of prepackaged curricula for grades K-8 with all materials supplied for grade ordered
- Secular but generally pro-Christian
- Academically very strong, with a commendable emphasis on developing creative thought and communication as well as basic skills.
- 3 year-olds through 6th grade
- Author is Doreen Claggert who believes children need to learn discipline and good study habits the earlier the better
- Bible-centered, systematic and thorough
Christian Liberty Academy
- Traditional approach utilizing an assortment of textbooks from 25 various publishers
- Grades K-12; Christian based with custom designed curriculum
- Provides parents with a support structure and administrative help, while allowing the greatest possible freedom in curriculum selection and scheduling
- Utilizes ListServs and the World Wide Web.
Covenant Home Curriculum
- Classical approach utilizing texts from secular and Christian publishers
- K-12 grade somewhat tailored to individual needs of children.
Escondido Tutorial Service
- Geared for ages 12-16
- Video-conferencing classes with a Christian worldview
- All courses include readings outside class, writing assignments, and group discussions during the 2-hour class session each week.
Foundation for American Christian Education (The Noah Plan)
- Principle Approach for K-12th grade utilizing two Program Notebooks outlining every subject. One notebook covers K-8th grade, the other covers 9-12th grade.
Keystone National High School
- High school only, utilizing textbooks
- Unit study approach or “project” approach centering around Christian character traits and covering all subjects except phonics and math.
- Three volumes of lesson plan/textbook for grades K-8 with each of the three volumes covering two entire years
- Not grade leveled
- High school curriculum available with two volumes, consumable student books with lesson plans covering one academic year each
Laurel Springs School
- Provide families with an education program which gives them maximum flexibility to pursue their own interests. Many different learning options are available
- Utilizes computer with internet and multimedia capabilities along with a printer
- Classical approach utilizing textbooks for K-12 grades
- Reprints classic American school texts, including McGuffey Readers, Ray’s Arithmetic, Harvey’s Grammar, and Spencerian Penmanship.
- Strong emphasis on individual, rote learning and fill-in-the-blanks for elementary grades
Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Online Courses
- Online courses taught by a variety of teachers and tailored to the subject matter of the Advanced Placement college exams
- Traditional approach
- Readywriter: 12 colorful worksheets for each of 16 exercises to help student with their writing style and skills (neat lines, zigzags, spirals & circles)
- Alphabetter: 12 colorful worksheets for each of 16 drill exercises to help students with simple 4-minute timed alphabet exercises
- Calculadder: 16 colorful worksheets in each of 6 spiral-bound books to help students with timed math drills for grades 1 through 8
- Sactifinder: Bible drill sheets
- 22 CD-ROM set which includes high quality texts, Encyclopedia, Dictionary, flash cards
- K-12 grade program developed by Dr. Arthur Robinson, father of 6 children, who wanted a good homeschooling program for his children after the death of his wife.
- Daily schedule: 2 hours of Saxon Math (not included), one page of writing on any topic, reading from good literature to fill up the rest of the day
Rod and Staff Publishers
- K-12 Mennonite program utilizing God-oriented textbooks
- Reflects Mennonite philosophy of pacifism, nonpolitical, hard work and diligence.
Scholar’s Online Academy (SOLA)
- Classical Christian approach utilizing e-mail, moderated newsgroups, discussion lists moderated by instructors and real-time conferencing
School of Tomorrow (Accelerated Christian Education, A.C.E.)
- Traditional approach for K-12 grades utilizing 12 workbooks (called PACE’s) per subject
- Social Studies, Math, Word Building, Science, English
Seton Home Study School
- Classical approach that is solidly grounded in Catholic values utilizing solid academic textbooks from Catholic, evangelical and secular sources
- Pre-K through 12th grade utilizing books as the core of the curriculum – biographies, historical fiction, Usborne, Dorling Kindersley, Eyewitness, etc. – all sold through the company
- Unit study program for middle & high school students with all subjects integrated around a timeline.
- Organizes material in historical order in which the student is given the outline and they develop their own “textbook”
University of Nebraska Independent Study High School
- Non-Christian study for grades 9-12.
- Priority is the personal, one-to-one student attention they offer through supervision by a qualified adult supervisor (not the parent) in your local area. The supervisor is the link to the University of Nebraska program.
Curricula Resources – History
Curricula Resources – Science
- Science activities with clearly written instructions; uses kitchen products; entertaining illustrations
- Highly recommended by the National Science Foundation
- Good for all learning styles
Good Science (Institute for Creation Research)
- K through 6th grade
- Studies science under the attributes of God
Helen Nelson Unit Studies
Museum of Science
Curricula Resources - Language Arts
Eagle’s Wings Educational Materials
- K-8 grade phonics and spelling and Kindergarten math
Easy Grammar & Daily Grams
- Grammar basics for 3rd grade and up
Learning Language Arts through Literature
- Language arts program for 1st through high school based on Ruth Beechick’s methods outlined in her book “You Can Teach Your Child Successfully.” Diction-based program centering on excerpts from great children’s literature and Bible passages.
Writing Strands (National Writing Institute)
Educators Publishing Service (EPS)
Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking (Riggs Institute)
- Multi-sensory phonogram-based method of teaching phonics, spelling, and handwriting with a single manual.
Curricula Resources - Math
- Manipulative based math program
- K-12 curriculum authored by Steve Demme
- Saxon Math: Kindergarten through Calculus program developed by John Saxon utilizing textbooks
- “incremental learning” – teach one skill at a time and then let students keep practicing that skill
- Saxon Phonics: incorporates reading, spelling, handwriting
Curricula Resources - Foreign Language
The Learnables (International Linguistics Corporation)
Curricula Resources – Art
Draw Write Now (Draw Your World)
Home School Suppliers
Christian Book Distributors
Home School Book Depot
Baptist Book Store
Common Sense Press
A Reason For… (Concerned Communications)
The Moore Foundation
Rainbow Resource Center
Shekinah Curriculum Cellar
Joyce Herzog Learning Products & Services
Sing ‘n Learn
The Sycamore Tree
Managers of Their Homes (Titus 2)
Where Should I Start My Research?
taken from the CHECK website
You can get a great start at your local library or through your favorite bookstore. The resources listed here are separated into homeschooling overviews, philosophy, legal issues and periodicals.
- The Big Book of Home Learning
- Volume 1: Getting Started
- Volume 2: Preschool and Elementary
- Volume 3: Teen and Adult
- Volume 4: Afterschooling
- The Way Home
- Prides’ Guide to Educational Software
- Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual
- Volume 1: Elementary Grades
- Volume 2: Junior/Senior High
The Moore Foundation
- The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook
- Home Style Teaching
- Home Spun Schools
- Home Grown Kids
- Home Built Discipline
- Better Late Than Early
- School Can Wait
- A Survivor’s Guide to Home Schooling
- The Christian Home School
- The How & Why of Home Schooling
- Home School: Taking the First Step
- You Can Teach Your Child Successfully
- Teaching Children: A Curriculum Guide to What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Sixth Grade
Home School Legal Defense Association
- The Right Choice: The Incredible Failure of Public Education and the Rising Hope of Home Schooling
The Foundation for Biblical Research
- What the Bible Says About….Child Training
- Will Early Education Ruin Your Child?
- Successful Home Schooling
Macauley, Susan Schaeffer
- For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
Colfax, David & Micki
- Homeschooling For Excellence
- Home Schooling and Constitutional Liberties
Home School Legal Defense Association
- Home Schooling and the Law
- Should Home Schoolers Obey the Law?
- Where Do I Draw the Line?
- The Homeschooling Father
Magazines and Newsletters
CHECK News (Monthly Newsletter)
P.O. Box 1332
Topeka, KS 66601
TPA Homeschooler (Monthly Newsletter)
P.O. Box 3968
Wichita, KS 67201
The TPA Homeschooler provides vital contact information about Wichita area sports, events, support groups, seminars, and many other opportunities.