I want to start by saying that I don’t believe success in homeschooling is dependent on expensive resources. At our house, curricula and resources are here to help, but they don’t dictate our learning adventures. We often use these materials to guide us, or as a starting point, or we use it as intended for a time, and then move on. If a resource doesn’t suit our needs, I let it go, even when I love it and the kids don’t!
Over the past year, I’ve reviewed close to 40 different resources, from beginning reading to college prep courses. Below are my favorites, and are either currently in use in our homeschool or safely tucked away on my bookshelf waiting to be used and loved by another kid. Each is linked to my full review.
- Math-U-See Geometry: If you have a high school student that hates math, this could help! Each lesson is clearly explained in depth via video. It offers a clear and concise study of geometry without overwhelming your student.
- Memoria Press Literature Study and Greek Myths: We tried Grade 2 Literature and Greek Myths (middle school) this year, and both exceeded my expectations.
- SchoolhouseTeachers.com: If I could only have one online subscription, this would be my choice. I don’t use it exclusively (but I could). In addition to the curriculum provided (I pick and choose what will work for us) I use it for ideas, planners (student and mom) and college planning assistance. This resource is helpful for filling in extra subjects and electives for high school students at an affordable price.
- Rainforest Journey: This was by far my youngest daughter’s favorite resource this year. It’s online, colorful and interactive.
- Writers in Residence: This program is wonderful for students who resist writing. Lessons are short and carefully designed to help your child organize their thoughts before they begin writing. We aren’t currently using it due to time constraints, but I plan on getting back to it with my daughter (13) soon.
- Orphs of the Woodlands – This is a terrific little app to have on your phone and let your child work their way through while you are running errands or waiting around somewhere for a sibling to finish an activity. The story and characters are adorable and the activities are challenging and fun.
- Artistic Pursuits – I love to explore art with my kids, but when it comes to drawing, I’m no help at all. This program helped my 12 year-old learn some new drawing techniques and provided inspiration for her evolving artwork.
Do you have a favorite curriculum or resource that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments! I would love to give it a try in the coming year.