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One of biggest struggles homeschool parents have is over curriculum. Think about it, every spring you see catalogs upon catalogs of curriculum come through your mailbox. There are homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs every weekend across the United States. And, when you’re a homeschool newbie, one piece of advice you get from veterans is to “attend a convention, so you can SEE the curriculum”. I have given that advice myself. Through the years, I have used a variety of different curriculum. You can see some of what we have used here. I have found three of these to be our favorite curriculum choices. Does that mean we will stick with them forever? I’m not sure. However, I do know that when curriculum season starts these three have consistently crossed my mind.
We LOVE Apologia. It is very thorough and the hands-on activities included in the book are fun and easy! Most of the time we have had everything on hand to complete the activities, and if we didn’t we could choose another option from the awesome note booking journals. The note booking journals really make the program, in my opinion, because for this uncrafty, un-sciencey mom I don’t have to come up with activities to keep the kids busy while learning. I can read from the textbook, and they can color or complete an activity in the journal. Most of the stuff is self-explanatory so they can even do it on their own. It has really added a lot to their learning. It also comes with Science experiment sheets so the kids can write down what they learned after the experiments.
Christian Light Education Math
A few years ago, I had a huge math dilemma. We had been using Horizons but it was no longer working for my oldest. I ordered numerous different math curriculums (because I was unable to get to a convention) and could not find one that I thought would fit. A blogger friend recommended CLE and I ordered it. We have loved it! I have gone from having a little girl who thought she was dumb in math, to one who is confident in her abilities. Her standardized math scores were excellent, and she is able to finally complete speed drills (which for her is a huge accomplishment). I loved seeing the excitement in her eyes when she realized she can do math, and do it well. CLE Math has made a huge difference in our homeschool.
For me, the thing that I love most about Notgrass is that when it comes to textbooks vs. literature it truly is the best of both worlds. I have always been a fan of literature based history, yet I love the ease of textbooks. Notgrass History gives me both in a package together that my kids actually like! I don’t have to choose one or the other and that has changed the way we do History.
What are your favorite curriculum choices?