Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum: So Many Choices!

Choosing Homeschooling Curriculum

Now that you know your child’s learning style and your teaching style, how do you find the best homeschooling curriculum? When we first began homeschooling, there were a number of curricula available, but not nearly as many as there are today. Some companies provide whole sets complete with language arts, handwriting, science, math, art, and foreign language. Others focus on particular subjects. But the choices go on and on. Just a partial list would include:

  • A Beka
  • Alpha Omega
  • Amanda Bennett Unit Studies
  • Ambleside Online
  • Apologia Science
  • Bob Books
  • BJU Press
  • Calvert School
  • Christian Liberty Press
  • Classical Academic Press
  • Exploring the World
  • Five in a Row
  • Learning Language Arts Through Literature
  • Learning Pathways
  • Math-U-See
  • Nancy Larson Science
  • Rod and Staff
  • Singapore Math
  • Story of the World
  • Sonlight
  • A Reason for Handwriting, Science, and Spelling
  • Saxon Math
  • Tapestry of Grace
  • WriteShop
  • Writing Strands
  • Zane Bloser

So where do you start? One of the best ways is to ask other homeschooling friends about the curricula they are using, especially those families with similar learning and teaching styles.  Find out what they like about the books they are using. What are the lessons like? Do they include a lot of hands-on activities? Is everything included, or do you have to supplement with outside resources?  Is it easy to stay on track? Are their children excited about learning? Can they use it again with other children, or does it consist mostly of consumables?

Ask friends with older children if you can try some of the curriculum their children have outgrown. Many homeschoolers with more than one child save their books from year to year, as they will most likely use them again. We have books for students from K-12 on our shelves now, and of course we don’t use them all every year.

Homeschooling Curriculum Reviews

You can also look up reviews of the homeschooling curriculum online. There are lots of sites where you can find reviews, and  most are written by homeschooling moms who have put the curricula to the test. Here are a few places you can start:

Many companies also offer catalogs free of charge, and some will even send you a sample. Check online with the publisher to see what’s available. And if you attend a homeschooling convention, be sure to visit the vendor’s area to see the products first-hand.

What other ways have you found to help narrow down the choices for homeschooling curriculum?

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