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Interested in Homeschooling Curriculum?
You’ve come to the right place. There’s plenty of curriculum reviews to look at, but if you haven’t read my post on How to Choose the Perfect Homeschool Curriculum for You and Your Child, then I would suggest you read it first.
It helps you think through what to look for and think about when choosing curriculum.
One of the first things I do when looking into any homeschool curriculum for my children is to read the reviews.
To read the in-depth review of a product, that I have written, just click on the colored title of each product that you are interested in.
Bible Courses and Lessons
Do you have a preschool or elementary age child. They are going to love Donkey Ollie.
Donkey Ollie is part of SchoolhouseTeachers.com and it is a series of animated Bible stories for kids.
Ollie gets into his share of problems during the series, and he and his fellow donkey and farm animal friends have to get out of some difficult situations.
There’s music and sound effects, the animations are fantastic, and there’s even a real-live farmer at the end to make an application and teach a skill.
These sheets are perfect for any child or adult wanting more information about each book of the Bible and chapter/verses.
Teach Sunday School.com also gave us the opportunity to use and review their Bible Blueprints sheets. These are a great addition to the Bible Breakdown pages above.
By printing these out and filing them in a binder, these are so helpful when studying the Bible.
LightSail for Homeschoolers
Having and holding a physical book to read is wonderful, but when I saw LightSail for Homeschoolers’ digital book collection I was in my glory.
You’ll understand my reasoning if you read my Homeschool Tips from A to Z: The Letter L post for Library.
Thousands and thousands of digital books, audiobooks, augmented reality books, video clips, 360-degree images, unit studies, World Book Encyclopedia articles, historic news articles, live streams…… just read my review and you’ll see for yourself! A ton of reading options, incentives, and awards to keep your child reading.
Progeny Press: The Fellowship of the Ring Study Guide
Do you have a high schooler that needs a literature credit? Progeny Press is a well-loved publisher within the homeschooling community, and for good reason.
Their Christian-based literature guides help your child think about and evaluate story parts in comparison to the Bible.
Progeny Press’ The Fellowship of the Ring Study Guide utilizes The Fellowship of the Ring novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Ready for Reading
Do you have a preschooler who is ready to read? Well, look no further. Ready for Reading leads you step by step with tons of activity ideas and games to help you teach the alphabet letters and sounds.
Letters are taught in the order of importance so that your child will put words together faster.
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Word Build Online
Word Build Online is a website that features different games to teach kids the meanings of the parts of our English words.
I’ve always wondered why our spelling is so complicated. It’s because our language is not based on how a word sounds and is spelled but rather because of the meanings of the word parts.
My daughter and I learned a lot from this site. Your kids will too, and their vocabulary comprehension will greatly improve.
Handbook for Writers by Excellence in Literature
With all of this reading, we can’t forget the subject of writing. Excellence in Literature: Handbook for Writers from EverydayEducation.com is two books in one.
The first part teaches your child how to think and write persuasively.
The second part is all about grammar. It’s set up in an easy-to-find manner so that you can look up any grammar rule quickly and see the correct way to write something.
This is an invaluable tool for any child to keep in their notebook for reference.
Fix It! Grammar
Do your kids need more practice editing their writing. If so, Fix It! Grammar may be what you need. This curriculum is easy and the lessons are short.
When your child is finished with the curriculum, they’ll have a completed, professional quality, edited and rewritten story of The Frog Prince. Take a look!
Since we covered reading and writing, we need to discuss math.
CTCmath breaks down all the math skills needed for each grade, so you can quickly access exactly what your child needs to work on. Diagnostic tests and fun speed drill games keep skills sharp.
Teaching Textbooks just updated to their 4.0 online version. Their fun, quirky characters with sound effects keep kids engaged and encouraged.
Teaching Textbooks now has the functionality for parents to see overall grades and averages quickly and easily.
Mastering Essential Math Skills: Pre-algebra
Mastering Essential Math Skills: Pre-algebra is another math curriculum that you may want to look at.
The lessons are short and it’s perfect for either an entire curriculum or just for practicing through the summer. A workbook with accompanying video lessons makes this curriculum a win-win.
Tough math requires a good calculator and the TI-30XA Scientific Calculator is the one for the job.
This calculator performs functions into calculus and trigonometry math problems, all the while, being very affordable at under $20.
If your child is going to be taking the SAT or ACT, this is the only model of calculator allowed to be used on these tests. This course doesn’t teach math, but it does teach how to use this very affordable resource.
Buck, First Bank Account
Let Buck guide you and your child through the process of finding the perfect banking institution and opening a bank account.
Buck helps kids learn the importance of saving alongside the ratio of spending habits.
The checklists at the back of the book are invaluable in comparing institutions and helping you decide the best option for you and your child.
TabletClass Math is a comprehensive, online math provider. I reviewed the Algebra 2 course and it looked very good and thorough.
The Scope & Sequence was extensive, the videos were clear and easy to understand, and the teaching was great.
If you’re looking for a high school level math course, be sure to check out TabletClass Math.
Math isn’t fun without games.
Personal Finance Lab: Budgeting and Stock Market Game
The Budgeting and Stock Market Game is really neat. With its real-life experiences and situations used in the game, your child will learn what real-life is with a mortgage, car, insurance, repairs, and the everyday ups and downs of real-life budgeting.
Also included in the Stock Market Game, kids can virtually invest their pretend money into the stocks of their choosing, and then they watch real-world headlines and events to see if their stocks grow.
Kids can invest and sell anytime while they play the game and it is a real eye-opener into the world of stocks.
MathRider is a downloadable software that has your child ride a horse through magical lands to get to their final destination.
They will only reach their destination if they continue to improve on their math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
The horse runs and jumps the fences faster if they can answer the math questions faster, and of course, the horse will run slower if they still need some time to think and recall the answers.
Speed Wheel Drills
The Speed Wheel Drills aren’t set up to be used as a family game, but my daughter and I competed against each other, the clock, and the total number of correct answers to see which one of us would be the fastest and most accurate with our math facts recall.
If there’s no one else to compete against in the family, then kids can just try to improve on their own previous times.
Greg Landry’s Homeschool Virtual Science Labs
Enough of math, let’s move on to science. Greg Landry’s Homeschool Virtual Science Labs are really neat.
You don’t have to worry about buying expensive science supplies and any explosive messes with science labs being virtual.
Mr. Landry has set up the lab in a well-organized fashion and the kids just follow the instructions, record their data, follow the Scientific Method, and create their formal lab report.
When they’re all finished in the lab, kids hang up their lab coats, take off their goggles, and turn out the light.
Homeschool in the Woods: The Essential Timeline Library
Do you love timelines? Homeschool in the Woods has put together a massive collection….. I mean a massive collection of timeline figures.
Not only can you use these figures for timelines, but you can use them for games, notebooking pages, lapbooks, PowerPoints and so much more.
Read all about it and see some pictures here. Homeschool in the Woods: Essential Timeline Library.
Fine Arts was always a favorite of mine, and it still is!
For music, we played a memory-style game called Maestro Mastery: Explore the Composers.
While playing the game, you can listen to the composed and instrumental music on YouTube. The links are included in the directions.
Not only do you attempt to find a pair of matching composer’s faces, but then you put them in chronological order. Don’t worry, there’s a chart provided to help you.
Art class for homeschoolers has gone virtual.
Drawing with Graphite Pencils: Beginner Level From Artistic Pursuits
Drawing with Graphite Pencils: Beginner Level is interesting. The teacher didn’t show us each line to draw, instead, she taught us steps in the drawing process.
In the first step, we learned how to look at and draw only the outside of our object. Then, other steps followed to help us make our drawing more interesting.
As long as we followed the drawing steps, we could draw whatever interested us.
Creating A Masterpiece
Creating A Masterpiece, on the other hand, did teach you step by step what to draw first, then second, etc.
We all worked on the same project at the same time, pausing the video with each step.
It was very easy and our projects turned out very well.
For this Art History Program, the teacher showed us real works of art from the time period that we were discussing, and then we based our project on that time frame as well.
This art curriculum was more than just pencil drawing. There were plenty of projects using unique materials.
Healthy Habits Tracker
Do you wish your kids would do their chores without you having to tell them to?
These encouraging habit tracker sheets help get kids into the habit of chores, personal care, exercise, strength training and so much more.
These sheets are fun and colorful and a real joy to use.
High School Transcripts
HomeScholar’s Total Transcript Solution
Not everything we review is a student curriculum.
Sometimes the parents need teaching, too. HomeScholar’s Total Transcript Solution helped me to understand the value and importance of a good student transcript for my kids.
The HomeScholar equipped us with plenty of templates, classes, tips, and one-on-one assistance to make our child a transcript that is beyond exceptional.
The Homeschool Review Crew is a branch of The Old Schoolhouse (TOS).
Besides the Homeschool Review Crew, TOS has created SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
This subscription-based, online site has over 450 different courses and classes for preschool-age children up to twelfth grade, in every subject imaginable.
Some lessons are purely text-based, while others are all audio, video, or a combination of all three.
Your whole family can use any class or course on the site for just one subscription rate, and it is totally affordable.
Super Teacher Worksheets
Do you need any worksheets for your K-5th grader? Look no further.
Super Teacher Worksheets has thousands to choose from, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can use their worksheet generator to create your own.
There are worksheets for every subject including games, puzzles, riddles…. all sorts of fun stuff to keep your child engaged and learning.
These books are bright, vibrant, and will keep your kids engaged.
Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know is such a good little book for little people.
This book is easy to understand for young ones that they can do whatever they want when they grow up, but the most important thing is to love God.
This is a great book for a Christian family and would be perfect as a Christmas or birthday gift.
Elementary Level Books
It’s never too early to start introducing your kids to Bible stories. The Dad Who Never Gave Up and The Little Man Whose Heart Grew Big will help you do just that.
Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer teaches elementary-age and middle school-age children about why, where, and how to pray.
I think all kids like to hunt and find hidden pictures.
Seek and Find: New Testament Bible Stories is a fun, engaging book that will give your child plenty of practice with finding those hidden pictures based on the New Testament Bible stories.
Welcome to BibleWorld is another fun seek-and-find type book that helps kids understand the layout of the books of the Bible. It also teaches kids in a memorable way what Bible stories are in each section.
The whole book is set in an amusement type setting, and the rides represent different Bible stories.
When you read the review, I’ve also added some unit study ideas that will give you some great starting off points for a simple missionary unit study.
Additionally, there’s Fanny Crosby: The Girl Who Couldn’t See but Helped the World to Sing.
This is a very educational biography and gives a good look at Fanny’s love for God as well as a couple of her hymns that we still sing today.
Books for Middle School Level and Up
Archer & Zowie by Hans Bluedorn was a cute little book for middle school kids.
Archer & Zowie take us with them through one day of playtime as their imaginations take them out of this world to battle overgrown penguins and a microwave oven that has turned into a Teleportee Machine.
This book is cleverly cute and pure fun.
Historical Fiction Books
My daughter and I love historical fiction novels. You remember so much more about historical events and people when the facts can come to life with adventure and dialogue between the characters.
Blue Skies West is a unique story. Your child can read and learn about the California-Oregan Trail as experienced through the horse’s eyes.
In this story, Blue, the family horse dreams of those green pastures ahead, all the while living and travelling through horrible hardships. This is a must-read for history and horse-lovers alike.
Pursuing Gold is another historical fiction that takes place during the American Civil War. Through this story, you learn about how our money, as we know it today, came to be.
This story is suspenseful too, and will keep you turning one more page. It has an accompanying literature guide that provides more information and pictures about the topics in the story.
Prisoner of War is a memorable story that takes place during WWII.
I have read this book twice so far and have really enjoyed it. I hope to read it to my grandchildren one day, when they are older.
There are two main groups of characters in this story, the prisoners and their allied soldiers.
The prisoners try to escape while the soldiers intend to rescue them. There’s tactful planning and a large amount of suspense in this exciting story.
YWAM Publishing gave us the opportunity to choose a Christian Hero from History and read their story. We chose Louis Zamperini: Redemption, and it did not disappoint us.
Mr. Zamperini’s story is unforgettable and you will want to share his story with others, and then, of course, watch the movie about him as well.
We’ve also been able to read and review YWAM’s book, Corrie ten Boom: Keeper of the Angels’ Den. Corrie’s life is one of forgiveness as she travelled the world sharing her story, and with this book you can teach your kids how to forgive others and share God’s love.
Books for High School Level and Up
Pursued to Eternity by John Riley was a good book.
This book is geared for late middle and high school students. It gives a lot of great information about historic cultures that influence us today.
Through the acts of people during biblical time, one man’s faith in God was changed and his thoughts on Creation were questioned and put to the test. A must-read for anybody doubting God’s Creation.
Mere Evengelism is for teens and adults interested in evangelism tips that are based on C.S. Lewis’ personal evangelizing tactics.
Draw Near is a creative, devotional, habit tracker book that encourages you to spend time in God’s word and in prayer every day.
There’s plenty of spaces for creativity while you think and meditate on God’s word.
Books for Parents and Teachers
Christmas is right around the corner, so you’ll want to read the review and get your free copy of “25 Days of Christmas“.
This ebook is filled with fun, engaging Christmas activities that you can do together as a family to help you and yours keep Christ at the center of Christmas.
Sharing God’s Big Love with Little Lives teaches adults how to relate to preschoolers and young elementary age children, so that we can effectively teach them about God and His love for them.
The author is an expert in this area because she has spent thousands of hours over the years teaching little people and talking to their caregivers about God.
The author is Miss PattyCake! She’s upbeat, fun, and full of energy. You can sense her love for these little people as you listen to her audio book. She shares plenty of stories as she’s worked with kids over the years.
It’s a must-listen-to book!
Movies and Audio Products
God’s Not Dead: We the People
Family-friendly movies are sometimes hard to find.
I had the privilege to see and review God’s Not Dead: We the People. You don’t want to miss this inspirational movie.
Homeschool Awakening features Kirk Cameron and a group of other homeschooling parents as they discuss the why’s and how’s of homeschooling.
This film takes us inside their homes to get a closer look at their schedules, struggles, and the impact that homeschooling has made on their lives.
If you know of anyone that is considering homeschooling their child, then they should watch Homeschool Awakening.
LifeMark is a movie about love, sacrifice, and life.
The movie is based on a true story, and this one is going to be hard to forget. Get your tissues ready, as well as, get ready to laugh, because LifeMark is special one.
Adopted boy, David, searches for his birth parents only to find out more than he bargained for.
The lessons in this story are inspirational and impactful. I highly recommend it.
Jonathan Park Adventures: Audio Dramas
Audio dramas are always winners with my kids.
Jonathan Park Adventures will keep them begging for more.
This Christian family finds themselves in some rough circumstances while they aim to teach kids about God’s Creation and science facts.
These are perfect to listen to in the car or on rainy days. You won’t be disappointed.
Adventum: Biblical Audio Dramas
The Adventum dramas bring the Bible to life in a whole new way. Kids can use their imaginations as the actors do the different voices, the sound effects make it sound so real, and the music adds its own drama components.
When my middler Sunday school class listened to these, they kept wanting to listen to the next one. I allowed them to color, doodle, or draw while they listened, and the dramas kept their attention well.
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