My Favorite Homeschool Resources

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Sometimes it's fun to look at the favorite homeschool resources of other moms so that you can get ideas for what you can use for your children.

Here is a list of some of my favorite homeschool resources that I have compiled over my 12+ years of homeschooling. I hope you benefit from this list. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Language/Writing/Reading

For teaching reading our family favorite is Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons

More information on teaching Reading - Homeschool Reading

A story on my blog about how we taught our 4 children to read - Teach your child to read

Easy Grammar for late elementary if needed.

Winston Grammar for late elementary depending on learning style. I use either this or Easy Grammar. I don't think you need both, but you could use one each year if you thought your child needed it.

Mad Libs are the best way we have learned about the parts of speech. The retention level is pretty high too. We use these at least once a week. Younger and older children alike can participate together. Then everyone gets to hear the goofy story they all created.

Spellquizzer - The absolute best spelling program I have ever found. It can complement and enhance any spelling program you are using or it can be used alone. It's very simple, yet very effective!

Spelling Power Ten minutes a day that can be used for all ages. Little teacher preparation is required.

Spectrum Spelling - Inexpensive books that reinforce the basics. No teacher preparation required.

Apples Spelling - For older students who still need spelling help. Simple and effective to use.

More ideas on homeschool Language Arts.


History

Story of the World books, CDs and workbooks - I loved reading these books to my children. It made History come alive for all of us.

History of US – great American History series. I loved reading this series to my children too.

Beautiful Feet guides and books - These are great for the younger grades. We just read 1-2 pages per day and reviewed the previous pages each day. Great pictures!

Mystery of History Volumes I, II & III - Another great set of resources and stories for History for the middle grades.

History reading lists -

Sonlight Curriculum

Let the Authors Speak: A Guide to Worthy Books Based on Historical Setting

Turning Back the Pages of Time - This is the handiest homeschool history resource I have ever found. It's small but mighty! We just chose one or two periods to study each year and then read the books recommended on these pages.

Picture Books - Here is the best list of picture books that parents can use to teach tons of history concepts and events - Homeschool Social Studies

More ideas for homeschool History curriculum


Math

Math U See - We have used this for many years in many different ways for most of our children.

Spectrum Math - These are complete math books that are very inexpensive, yet provide all your child needs for math for a year. No parent preparation needed.


Saxon Math - We have used these some but not as much as the other 2 programs listed above. This one might be a fit for your family.


More ideas for homeschool Math curriculum

Economics

Money and Kids does not offer any formal curriculum, but the site does provide resources and information for raising financially empowered kids. It covers topics from general financial literacy to allowances and chores to lemonade stands and babysitting jobs.

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy - This is a must-read book for any American. It's a very simple explanation of the history of economics in America written in the format of an uncle's letters to his nephew. Age 9-adult level.

Science

Apologia Science - The best all-around Science curriculum. They have books and resources for all ages and levels of Science.

For elementary Science I recommend Considering God's Creation

I also recommend using picture books for elementary Science. Here is a complete list of our favorite books to use for Homeschool Science.

More information about how to teach homeschool Science - homeschool Science curriculum

Art

See the Light Art DVDs - These are great lessons taught by master artists in a fun and yet informative manner. See my full interview with the creator of this program at Homeschool Art Lessons.

Typing

Although there are a lot of free typing programs out on the internet, I still recommend using a program like Keyboard Classroom that I reviewed at Homeschool Typing. It was developed 23 years ago and covers everything students need to know in an enjoyable format.

Ebooks I have written with more of my favorite homeschool resources included:

101 Activities Parents Can Do With their Preschool Child - Here is a great resource of activities I have collected from my years of experience as a homeschool parent. There is now a second book in the series called 101 MORE Activities Parents Can Do With their Preschool Child. Both books are available at Preschool ideas for just $3.99 each.

How to Homeschool Kindergarten - All my best tips on teaching Kindergarten collected into one ebook that you can use to help guide you through Kindergarten in a low-stress, high results method.

Internet Resources for Homeschooling - This is a collection of hundreds of websites that I have found that can be used for homeschooling. They are arranged by subject area and are all clickable from the book. You will find resources for preschoolers all the way into college.

Cooking Resources - Although cooking has nothing to do with homeschool resources, everyone needs to eat. If homeschool moms can get their cooking time under control, their whole day runs a whole lot smoother. I've written Cooking from Your Cupboard and Smart Way Cooking. They can both be found at Easy Meal Planning. They are both $9.95 but can save you hours of time and pay for themselves very quickly.


My Favorite Family Games

I hope you have enjoyed my list of favorite homeschool resources. You can view a complete list of homeschool reviews that I have written. You can even let me know about your favorite homeschool resources by entering your review at the bottom of that page.

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