Friday, August 26, 2011

Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

Wow! It's that time again! Summer is almost over, the new school year is upon us, and it is always refreshing to get some new ideas. What worked for you? What worked for this particular child? There is so much out there it can be overwhelming.

Now that I am nearing the end of my formal homeschooling career (I only have one left and this is his last year. He is the middle right one)

I thought it might be helpful to list a few of our favorite curriculums. Maybe they are new to you and would be helpful. I always enjoyed finding out what worked for other families.

History was one of our most favorite subjects and we used many different things. One of our favorites for the elementary years was The Mystery of
History curriculum. You can find out more information about it here.

Grammar was a very difficult subject for me....until I realized that kids
just are not ready for it until jr. high or even high school. Instead of wasting your time in the elementary years, spend that time familiarizing them with the terms (nouns, verbs, etc...) by playing games and fun activities and then when they are ready for it we found that it went much more smoothly. We used the program Analytical Grammar and found it to be most helpful! For more information click here.

A book that was very helpful in studying any novel in literature was a book called "Any Novel" Novel Study Guide. It was very useful because you could use it with multiple children and multiple books of your choice. For more information click here.

Take the fear out of making a Transcript!
If you are looking for a good way to make a transcript go here.

Here are just of few of my favorite websites for homeschool materials:
Well, I hope this helps a little. I have many more favorites so perhaps I will share them on another day.