Welcome to Day 4 of the Back to Homeschool blog hop. All week over 50 bloggers have been sharing homeschool information and encouragement. You can find the landing page with links to all of my posts and links to the other participating bloggers here. All week I've been blogging about ways to prepare for the new school year. Today I'm posting about preparing your supplies and I'm sharing some of my favorite homeschool curricula and resource companies.
I can't believe that I've been homeschooling for over thirteen years now- including the preschool years when I was in such a hurry to do "real school" with my kids. I've always been a bit of a curriculum junkie, and I've tried out quite a few. In the last few years, I've reviewed for The Schoolhouse Review Crew and had the opportunity to try even more. Over the years I've found favorite companies and favorite curricula. I have a whole page dedicated to some of the homeschooling (and homemaking) resources I like. In this Back to Homeschool post, I'm sharing five of my favorites.
Grapevine Studies offers a unique approach to Bible study. They have Old and New Testament studies as well as topical studies. With Grapevine Studies, you and your kids will use simple stick figure drawings to draw through passages of Scripture as you read and study them. I've reviewed for Grapevine before, including this review of the study Ruth- which is the one I'm currently using with two of my children. Through the month of August (2015), some of the popular Grapevine Studies bundles are on sale. With a bundle you can take multiple ages of kids on a study through the New or Old Testament.
I've gushed about Schoolhouse Teachers before. It has been an awesome resource for us. Schoolhouse Teachers, from The Old Schoolhouse, is a subscription site. For one price for the whole family you can access all of the current and archived classes they have going on. There are classes and materials available for preschoolers through high schoolers as well as support resources for parents. My older kids are using Schoolhouse Teachers for several electives this year. I reviewed it recently here.
Moving Beyond the Page
I'm pretty particular about literature. And I like using a literature-based, unit study curriculum. Moving Beyond the Page is one I came across as a review, and we really liked it. I've actually reviewed for Moving Beyond the Page twice now. You can read about our first experience here. I've also purchased separate literature units to use with my younger girls. The curriculum can be a complete curriculum that covers history, science, and literature. Or you can purchase individual unit studies and use them to supplement your primary curriculum.
Most homeschoolers will recognize the name Apologia. The company has an excellent reputation for its creation based science curricula for both elementary and high school. But I've found, as I've had the opportunity to review for Apologia, that they also have some great worldview materials, and a new field trip journal that we've enjoyed. (You can see the review here.) One of my younger girls' favorites has been the Exploring Creation With Chemistry and Phyics book. (My review is here.)
CurrClick's tagline is "Curriculum and classes in a click." I love it because I can grab what I need and download it right away. It's a site that sells digital curriculum for many grade levels and subjects. You pick out what you need, pay, and then it's ready to download and begin using right away. Currclick has also begun offering live classes. I haven't used any of them yet, but I've heard very good things.
Do you have a favorite spot to find curriculum and resources for your homeschool?