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Complete Curriculums (note that you can purchase individual items from these companies, too - you're not locked in to the complete curriculum)
Abeka (Evangelical)
Calvert (secular)
Critical Thinking Press
Five in a Row / Before Five in a Row
Kolbe Academy (Catholic)
Seton Home Study (Catholic)
Sonlight (Christian, easily modified to secular)
Tapestry of Grace (Evangelical, but can be modified)
Veritas Press (Christian)

Math (can look here on the Sonlight website for info on different programs)
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Horizons Math (this link is Sonlight, but can be purchased elsewhere)
Math U See
Saxon Math
Singapore Math
Teaching Textbooks

Language Arts (phonics/reading/writing/grammar/vocabulary, handwriting, literature)
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Daily Grams
Easy Grammar
Explode the Code
First Language Lessons
Handwriting Without Tears
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Phonics Road
The Phonetic Zoo
Progeny Press
A Reason for Handwriting
Saxon Phonics (at ChristianBook - available elsewhere, too)
Sonlight Language Arts
Spell to Write and Read
Teaching the Classics
Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Winston Grammar
Wordly Wise
Writing With Ease

Science
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Academy of Science for Kids
Apologia Science
Elemental Science
Evan Moor 'Learning About' Series
Sonlight Science

History
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Evan-Moor History Pockets
Homeschool in the Woods
Mystery of History
Notgrass
Story of the World
Tapestry of Grace
Veritas Press

Geography
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
GeoMatters (sells a variety of geography programs and materials, incl. Galloping the Globe, Trail Guide to...)
Homeschool in the Woods (nice maps)
Knowledge Quest

Foreign Language
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Powerspeak (formerly Power-Glide)
Rosetta Stone

Economics
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
Bluestocking Press (publishers of Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?)
Exploring Economics (Notgrass)

Health
Materials may be less expensive if bought from general vendors, listed below.
A Beka Health

Unit Studies (these will often complement other curriculum, such as Apologia science)
Amanda Bennett
CurrClick

General Vendors
Christianbook.com
Home Science Tools (variety of science supplies, different publishers/makers)
Rainbow Resource Center


Education Websites

Brightly Beaming Resources - Letter of the Week (preschool)
education.com

Methodologies (concepts and teaching methods frequently employed by homeschoolers)
Charlotte Mason
Socratic Method
Classical Education
notebooking
lapbooking
 

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Since this forum has a number of people who homeschool, I thought we could put our heads together and make some lists and links for the folks who are looking into homeschooling. Let me know what I've missed, and I'll add it in to this main list. That way, post #1 can be a quick resource for anyone looking into homeschooling (or for hs vets who can't get enough of curriculum - you know who you are :p). It would also be great for hs vets to share what they've used that they would use again... or what they wouldn't use again. ;)
 

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This year, I found a great site called Currclick. They have all kinds of homeschool materials, for all ages and subjects. Many titles are free, but even even the ones that aren't free seem reasonably priced. They have frequent sales too, including a "Pay What You Wanna Sale" in late July. I scooped up on stuff to go with my science and language program. It's worth it to get on their free email newsletter, as they notify about sales and specials.
http://www.currclick.com/
 

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This year, I found a great site called Currclick. They have all kinds of homeschool materials, for all ages and subjects. Many titles are free, but even even the ones that aren't free seem reasonably priced. They have frequent sales too, including a "Pay What You Wanna Sale" in late July. I scooped up on stuff to go with my science and language program. It's worth it to get on their free email newsletter, as they notify about sales and specials.
http://www.currclick.com/
Didn't even think about unit studies. That's what I would consider Currclick, would you agree? (Amanda Bennett has unit studies, too - I need to add that)
 

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Education.com

They allow you to download for free (limited per month) and email you previews of new materials. (I linked the Zombie Apocalypse worksheets)

I downloaded a lot of their preschool activities for Roo.
 

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Didn't even think about unit studies. That's what I would consider Currclick, would you agree? (Amanda Bennett has unit studies, too - I need to add that)
They have tons of unit study helps, particularly lapbooking, copywork, and note booking pages. Oh, and I found lots of ebooks with writing prompts.

The other gold mine is Pinterest. No fooling! There's even a Homeschooling with Pinterest group on Facebook.
 

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Very good idea. Links are always helpful. One of my daughters homeschools my grandson.

The first grade porn sessions were too much for her and my SIL
 

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ksmama, what science and language programs are you using with your CurrClick? What curriculum (any subject/age) is a 'standard' for you?
For science, I'm using the Apologia series for grade school students, particularly Exploring Creation with Zoology 2:Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. On Currclick. There are some lapbooks and copywork books that support this. Here's a link for one. I also am using Mystery of History Vol 1, which covers Creation to the Resurrection, so when I found a unit study to support a G.A. Henty book that could be used with Ancient Egypt, I grabbed that one: Cat of the Bubastes There are also several copywork and lapbook titles for various periods of ancient history that we will be studying. Even if I don't use them, I have something for back up if I need the support.
For writing, I have a program I found on Rainbow Resource, called Meaningful Composition 4+. It starts out with a good coverage of grammar basics, but will soon be nothing but writing; I hope my son doesn't keel over. I have alotted time in his day for copywork, but so far, he's getting a LOT just by the copywork he's doing with his English From the Roots Up-he has three new roots each week, and has to write the root, definition, and the derivatives and their definitions on a worksheet I got from Cindy Rushton..but you can make the exact same thing with a note card, notebook paper, red and green markers, and a glue stick. (My printer died last week, so mamabear had to improvise). If this writing course is too much for the boy, I have journal prompts and notebooks.. he CAN and will write daily.
 

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Have any of you used this? http://www.letteroftheweek.com/ My kids all go to public school, but I have used the worksheets and other resources with them at home as well. It's free :)
 

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For the past few weeks at Costco they have been selling supplemental educational materials. Just a years worth of worksheets in a book. The ages I saw range from Pre-K to 8th grade. I have a few different types of these my mom gave me for Roo (from her teaching days) and I have picked up a few of these when I see the Pre-K and Kindergarten ones.

Target also had workbooks at the front of the store by the $1 section when you walk in. These are thin workbooks but they have info and activities the others I have did not cover.

Websites are dandy but having hard copies to fall back on when the power is out is good too.
 

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For lack of a better idea where to place this, I'll start here. My school year changed drastically yesterday. I withdrew my 14 year old son from the local high school, per his request. He wants another year to get ready for high school; We aren't sure we really want him back there anyway..so with the help of a dear friend, I'm putting together his Freshman course of study. We've got the core subjects lined out, but we(she's into prepping too) want to put together a Life Skills or Practical Knowledge course, incorporating resources geared towards independant living..we can't call it Prepping 101, but what a golden opportunity to teach our sons skills that will help them forever. We also can't call it Home Ec, although elements of that discipline certainly would be there. We thought we'd have the boys journal about their reading and practical projects, as well as make sure to take lots of photos. Oh, and those blog posts and youtube videos need to be recorded as well, almost forgot those! Now, I need to compile a list of books for them to read. Ideas and suggestions welcome!
 

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Yeah, It's good and very well organized according to grades. Let me ask you a question, If you are able enough to homeschool your child yourself then why are you sending them to public schools.
 

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Yeah, It's good and very well organized according to grades. Let me ask you a question, If you are able enough to homeschool your child yourself then why are you sending them to public schools.
Can't speak for others, but for me, I've been at this since 1987, when I only had 4 children..by the time my oldest two sons were in their mid teens, we had added 6 more babies to the fun. The boys reached a point where they wouldn't do their work for me, and we had friends who had successfully placed home schooled kids into this school, so we did the same. Then when their sisters were ready for 9th grade, we sent them. My youngest two boys needed more one on one time, as they were slower to learn to read. Our local school is a good one, and I like most of the teachers and staff I've met. I view them as one more resource for educating my children. If we'd asked, they would have worked with us so that my son could have taken just his white day courses, but we felt he would have still been over stressed, and it would have been too complicated if we chose to start over next year. People choose homeschooling for various reasons, and just because its right when we started, doesn't mean we are stuck in that course forever.
 

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Obviously Home schooling is different in different regions and the rules and packages are not always going to be the same. Our son just finished grade 12, home schooling the last 4 years. He had a choice of homeschooling and keeping up on his work or going to public school, He chose to work, realizing that the system is flawed, but sometimes, actually most times you have to work within the mess. We found that most courses spend to much time on the mechanics of the heavily flawed English language and too little on content. The big advantage for him anyway was that he could work on math all day if he felt like it. or if it wasn't working out that day he could work on social or science and of course English. He actually learned how the political Right and left function. I don't think he would have embraced the concept is public school. And most of all He (this is his description ) have to be around a bunch of punks with their pants around their knees. :rantoff:

Some people home school their kids all the way through, others the first half, some have tried ever second year.

One thing is for sure Homeschooling is not for everyone. but if it fits your child it can be great, if not it may be a wreck
 

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We liked the Total Health curriculum by ASCI, they have both middle school & high school levels but they are similarly named so you have to be careful.

My older daughter loved Bob Jones history & it is very well written. My younger daughter doesn't like textbooks, so we used Beautiful Feet with her which is a literature based curriculum. Beautiful Feet has some wonderful books but the Genevieve Foster books are a definite must read. They give US history in the context of world history & tie it all together beautifully. If I remember correctly, they are reprints from the 50's.

Christian Liberty Press is a great place for very economical curriculum & also sells their versions of tests, study guides, & answer keys for some Abeka & Bob Jones curriculum that's much more economical & streamlined than the ones from Abeka & BJU.
 

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My DD struggled in 1st with reading and we went around and around with the teachers about it. They put her into a reading recovery program and I soon got emails about her being difficult, her not trying, her just not making progress...blah, blah and finally, an email saying that she (the reading recovery teacher) had told my daughter that her parents were disappointed in her!! I took her out of the program in January and we limped through the rest of the year but by that time she was so far behind that she was getting physically ill every morning just thinking about going to school. The 1st grade teacher was adamant that it was all a focus problem and was adamant that she had ADD. So, to be on the safe side, I had her evaluated for it and was told she wasn't a candidate for that diagnosis. Then I asked the school if she could be tested, their answer....No. Really? There's all kinds of kids on AEP plans, but for some reason she couldn't be tested by the school because I kept saying I thought maybe she was Dyslexic.
Got so mad that I'm homeschooling her now for 2nd grade. I took her all the way back to 1st grade phonics with Explode the Code and we're only focusing on phonics, reading and math. We use Saxon math and have good results, although it doesn't necessarily teach the "critical thinking" skills that common core is pushing now. I think we're doing fine so far. She's reading more and more every day. I wish we had more people in our area that homeschooled, but around here it's akin to witchcraft and midwifery, lol.
 

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My DD struggled in 1st with reading and we went around and around with the teachers about it. They put her into a reading recovery program and I soon got emails about her being difficult, her not trying, her just not making progress...blah, blah and finally, an email saying that she (the reading recovery teacher) had told my daughter that her parents were disappointed in her!! I took her out of the program in January and we limped through the rest of the year but by that time she was so far behind that she was getting physically ill every morning just thinking about going to school. The 1st grade teacher was adamant that it was all a focus problem and was adamant that she had ADD. So, to be on the safe side, I had her evaluated for it and was told she wasn't a candidate for that diagnosis. Then I asked the school if she could be tested, their answer....No. Really? There's all kinds of kids on AEP plans, but for some reason she couldn't be tested by the school because I kept saying I thought maybe she was Dyslexic.
Got so mad that I'm homeschooling her now for 2nd grade. I took her all the way back to 1st grade phonics with Explode the Code and we're only focusing on phonics, reading and math. We use Saxon math and have good results, although it doesn't necessarily teach the "critical thinking" skills that common core is pushing now. I think we're doing fine so far. She's reading more and more every day. I wish we had more people in our area that homeschooled, but around here it's akin to witchcraft and midwifery, lol.
When I was in 2nd grade the teachers said and did the same thing with me. I was behind in reading and because of that behind in other language arts. My mom being a teacher herself started pushing me to read books of any kind at any grade level to help me learn to enjoy it. By the end of 3rd grade I was reading Stephen King type books and had a 6th grade reading level.

Some times all it takes is developing an enjoyment for something for a child to become good at it.

Keep up the good work with her.
 
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