I think every homeschooler has favorites. I have been homeschooling for over 12 years; we graduated our first homeschooler this past Spring. Our two children are 8 years apart and we are just now getting to use some of the curriculum we love all over again.
I wanted to share with you what our top ten homeschool curriculum resources are. I hope you discover something new to try.
1.) The Mystery of History – Hands-down our all-time favorite homeschool history curriculum. This was the first ever “series” that we completed from start to finish. When we first started using it I was all about incorporating ALL of the activities, worksheets, pre-test, quizzes, etc. but I soon learned that my daughter did not thrive on that type of learning. This is when we discovered notebooking and have used it ever since!
The Mystery of History series provides a historically accurate, Christ-centered approach to world history for all ages. It is written in a conversational tone and makes for a fabulous living history book!
2.) Philosophy Adventure™ – My daughter used this curriculum when she was in 9th grade. She really learned a lot and it was her favorite curriculum that year. She wrote a review if you would like to read it here. I was able to give her multiple high school credits using this one resource!
Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.
3.) Teaching Textbooks – Teaching Textbooks is everything we need in a math curriculum! From the self-teaching aspect to the auto-grading, we will NEVER use another math curriculum in our homeschool again! It is self-teaching and auto-grading for grades 3-12.
4.) Easy Grammar – I think teaching grammar is super important. It is a major pet-peeve of mine to hear people speak incorrectly and use words with the wrong tenses. I try to instill good grammar in the early grades through teaching strong phonics skills. Starting in 4th grade we really kick it up a notch and start using Easy Grammar. You can start younger than 4th grade as they offer earlier grades, but I think 4th grade is a good age for my children to really focus on prepositions and other parts of speech that are a little more advanced.
What I love about Easy Grammar is the fact there isn’t any sentence diagramming! Don’t let that scare you though, my daughter can dissect a sentence and pick out all the parts of speech like a pro, quickly!
5.) A Living History of our World Series – We have the old editions that use notebooking journals, but Masterbooks has really done a great job updating this series. If you enjoy a Charlotte Mason approach to history, you may want to check this out. It is written in such a great tone; directly to the child (but doesn’t dumb it down). We thoroughly enjoy history in our homeschool and this makes our favorites list!
6.) Sassafras Science – This homeschool science curriculum is a new addition to our favorites. Last year we used Sassafras Science Zoology and my daughter learned AND retained so much! It is based on notebooking, which I mentioned we love. find out what we like about it here.
7.) Considering God’s Creation Science – This Charlotte Mason inspired science curriculum is a Christian life science homeschool curriculum for grades 2-7. There is a student notebook that we enjoyed immensely. We typically use this curriculum in 2nd grade.
8.) Cover Story Writing Curriculum – we used this in 8th grade. My daughter has always been very particular in DVD/video curriculum and she loved this!
9.) NotebookingPages.com Lifetime Membership – When my oldest was in 4th grade everything fell apart. There were LOTS of tears (on both of our ends) and I really wanted to quit homeschooling. Thankfully my husband would not allow me to give-up. Notebooking swooped in and saved the day and we have been using it ever since!
10.) Phonetic Zoo – Like math, spelling for our oldest was a constant thorn. I accept the blame as we did not find and stick with a solid spelling program when she was in elementary and middle school. Late in the game we tried Phonetic Zoo and suddenly she was able to spell! I suppose we discovered that she was an auditory learner when it came to spelling. We are using Phonetic Zoo A with our 4th grader this year and will continue all the way through the series.