If you're new to homeschooling, you may be a bit overwhelmed with where to start. You may have had a curriculum recommendation or two from a friend but are not really sure which options are a good fit for your family.
Or maybe you've been homeschooling for a while and are just now wanting to try something a bit different. Maybe you've always done things a certain way, and the idea of sifting through new options is exciting and overwhelming.
Wherever you are in your journey, I want to encourage you to pray for direction before you ever start your search. The world of homeschool curricula is a great blessing, but it can also be all-consuming and push you in all sorts of directions.
I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to consider a vision for your homeschool. Think about what you'd like your homeschool to be like. Consider whether you prefer something more teacher-centered or student-centered, more hands-on or independent. The options are endless, so taking the time to do this will ensure that the curricula you select will serve you and your goals for your family . . . and not the other way around.
Another thing to consider is the subjects that you will be covering throughout the upcoming school year. Click A New Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling to watch a short video on specific subjects for each grade level. A FREE download of the Guide, including the subject overview and a blank form for record-keeping is available for all members. Sign up for FREE Member Access.
Now if you're ready to dive in, here are some good options to consider!
The best way to shop homeschool curricula is at a homeschool convention. Sadly, this option is not as readily available because of current restrictions. If a homeschool convention comes to your area, however, I strongly encourage you to visit the vendor/exhibitor area. There, you can view the curricula, flip through the books, and often receive a convention discount.
This is a FANTASTIC resource for finding and purchasing homeschool curriculum. It is my personal favorite because they have some of the best prices available, and free shipping is often offered for their email subscribers.
The search option allows you to search by curriculum, subjects, grade levels, best sellers, and more. You can view curriculum and book samples, along with thorough descriptions and reviews.
Click here to go straight to their homeschool section.
On this site, you can view a listing of homeschool curricula by subject. The website offers recommendations, along with a thorough description and overview of each curriculum.
The resources above are very helpful when looking for a specific subject or grade level, but if you're just starting out, you may find it much easier to look up a "big-box" curriculum. Each of the curricula below provide instruction for the core areas, including Bible, history/geography, and science, along with recommendations and options for the fine arts and independent studies.
My Father's World curriculum combines the Charlotte Mason philosophy, classical education model, and unit studies with a "Biblical worldview and global focus." It includes both a basic and deluxe package for each grade level, along with a themed booklist for each week.
For the early grades, children have their own individual curriculum that teaches all subject areas in an engaging and hands-on way. In grades 3-8, the children enter the "Family Learning Cycle," where they gather together to learn Bible, history, geography, science, and art and music (deluxe package). Additional activities are also provided for older students in the cycle, before working independently at the high school level.
My Father's World also offers curriculum options for language arts and math, along with enrichment activities and games.
We have personally used My Father's World in our homeschool for many years, and I will be sharing reviews for those interested in learning more. Click here to watch what is available now.
Sonlight is a literature-based curriculum with a Biblical perspective. Each year, students work through specific spines in the areas of Bible, history/geography, and literature. Through living books, students are introduced to a variety of topics and historical events.
Leveled readers are included in the bulk package for practice and further application. Additional subjects can also be purchased through Sonlight, including science, math, language arts, etc.
Sonlight does offer the opportunity for group learning if children are close enough in age and/or ability. Independent studies, such as math and English language arts and reading are then be done separately.
Masterbooks offers a variety of homeschool curricula with the goal of increasing the student’s "faith in God, our Creator, and the authority of His Word." Their produc