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Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

Hopefully these homeschool reviews will help you in your homeschool journey. With so many book and curriculum choices, it's hard to know what to pick and what not to pick. I've been homeschooling for 13 years and I still get confused sometimes.  I like to go to used curriculum sales and book stores, so I have been able to look over quite a few books over the years.  I was also a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew and did lots of homeschool reviews over the course of a year on all the products and books that were sent to me.

A good homeschool planner can really help organize all your curriculum choices for the year for each student. You can download my free homeschool planner and view all your options for the year in one place.

If you need some individual help and advice, you can always get an hour of coaching and talk to me personally at homeschool coach.


When choosing books and curriculum here are a few things I look for:

1.  Clear straightforward explanation of the book or system.  I don't like anything too wordy here though.

2.  Simple page layout.

3.  Interesting material for both student and parent.

4.  For me I like books that I can pick up and use right away.  I don't like a lot of teacher preparation.  My goal is for my children to be self-taught.  If I have to do a lot of preparation, then my children are not able to teach themselves.

Homeschool Reviews I have done:

Abeka Review

Alpha Omega Lifepacs

Alpha Omega Math

AOP Monarch

Apologia Science

Beyond the Hedge book

Children Learning Reading

College Plus

English From the Roots Up

Homeschooling ABCs - Start Homeschool Learning Course.

Horizons Math

How to Homeschool Kindergarten

Kinetic Books

Math U See

Maverick Books - Hank the Cowdog Series

Organized Parenting

Quarter Mile Math

Robinson Curriculum

Ruth Beechick's 3 Rs

Saxon Math

School of Tomorrow

Sonlight Curriculum , Sonlight - Pros and cons

Spectrum Math

Spellquizzer - Great way to enhance any spelling program or list

Startwrite - Customized Handwriting Program

Supercharged Science

Switched on Schoolhouse Math

Switched On Schoolhouse

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

TenMarks Online math program

Time 4 Learning

Turn Back the Pages of Time - little history resource

Usborne

Winston Grammar

Web Design for Kids (....And Curious Grown Ups)

Writing With Ease

All Homeschool Math

More Homeschool Reviews on my blog:

  • ABC Teach - 35,000 pages of printable materials
  • Aleks - Online Math program
  • All About Spelling - Best Spelling program I have seen.
  • All About Spelling Beehive Reader - Great readers!
  • Amazing Bible Timeline
  • Americas Heritage - Free homeschool History program
  • Apologia Homeschool - The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell.
  • Artistic Pursuits
  • AVKO - Online multi-sensory program for anyone including dyslexics.
  • Beginning Handwriting - Best book on forming letters that I have found. Not sure if it's still free, but it's definitely worth the price if it isn't.
  • Beeyoutiful - Natural health and body products.
  • Cerebellum Corporation - DVDs you can use for AP test preparation.
  • Childrens Bible Hour - Bible stories applied to today.
  • College Prep Genius part 1 and College Prep Genius 2 - SAT test preparation program.
  • Critical Thinking Company
  • Family Mint
  • Financial Accounting Course - Great High School/College Accounting course. No textbooks!
  • Graphics Toolbox 
  • The Great Latin Adventure
  • Guardian Angel Publishing - Unique and very useful ebooks you can print off or view on your computer.
  • Homeschool in the Woods - Great map resources.
  • Homeschool Physical Education Gymathtics - PE DVD Gymathtics Get Math and PE in at the same time!
  • Ideal Curriculum - Monthly curriculum kits available for homeschoolers.
  • Lapbooks from Journey Through Learning - Lapbooks you can use that you don't have to figure out on your own.
  • Keyboarding Lessons - Lessons designed for Christian Schools for both Elementary and High School.
  • Kinderbach - Fun music instruction for ages 3-8.
  • Kregel Publishing
  • Lesson Planet  Tons of online lesson plan ideas.
  • Lobster Network Online lending library for homeschoolers.
  • Math Facts Factsfirst by Saxon
  • Math Galaxy
  • Mathletics - Great online math service.
  • Math Mammoth - Great self teaching math books.
  • Mathscore
  • Math Tutor DVD
  • Mystery of History, Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space, Christian Kids Explore Chemistry - Three great resources from Bright Ideas Press included.
  • Moon Sand 
  • Nature Friend Magazine - Great magazine with NO advertisements!
  • Growing Healthy Homes Nutrition 101 - Health and nutrition program for all grades
  • Rays Math
  • Roots and Fruits - K-12 vocabulary program teaching Greek and Latin roots. Very valuable resource.
  • Sarah's Wish - Wholesome books written by a homeschool grandfather.
  • Study Pod - Nifty book holder you will love.
  • Sue Patrick Workbox System - Homeschool system that has helped lots of homeschool families get organized.
  • Super Star Speech - Learning games that we loved!
  • Terrestria
  • Virginia Soaps and Scents - Great soaps made by a homeschool family.

All of the above reviews can be found on my blog Home Schooling Resources.

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