Finding the Homeschool Curriculum that is Right for You
We’ve all been there before: trying to decide how to pick a homeschool curriculum. We’re looking for a good math, spelling, preschool, or all-in-one program, so we go to our favourite homeschool-momma forum or Facebook page, and we ask for advice. Hopefully we get a good collection of responses, but there’s always that nagging doubt—is this everything? Is there more? How can I tell if a homeschool curriculum that’s great for one friend will be the right fit for me?
By using these three resources, you will be able to find information and comparisons on all the top homeschool curriculums out there, so you’ll be sure that you are finding the one that is right for your family.
1: Cathy Duffy Reviews: The Ultimate Homeschool Curriculum Guide
If you’re not sure where to start looking, this is the place to go. Cathy has been teaching since the 80s, and is still going strong, with hundreds of homeschool curriculums reviewed on her website. While it can be great to receive recommendations from trusted friends, Cathy offers a unique perspective of side-by-side comparison because she has tried such an incredibly wide range of curriculum choices. Each review includes an in-depth look at the content and teaching style of the material, as well as an overview of age suitability, prep time, parent involvement, and more.
The most valuable feature of this website is Cathy’s 102 top picks. As you browse through each subject category, you will find highlighted icons next to the items Cathy has identified as the best of the best. Many of these are the time tested and popular curriculums you may have already heard about from your friends… but you could also find some lesser known hidden gems that just might be perfect for your family.
2: Homeschooler Reviews: Curriculum Reviews Galore!
So what if you’ve narrowed it down to a few curriculum options, but you feel like you need more input and information to compare them before you make a final decision? Checking out the official websites for each of the products is a must of course, but you also want some honest reviews, preferably not from the company that sells the product. HomeschoolerReviews.com has got you covered. This site gives you a range of reviews from multiple mommas, so you can get a better idea of how each curriculum has worked (or not worked) for different families.
Edit: Another place to go for even more additional reviews is The Curriculum Choice.
And, if you are interesting in checking how you’re curriculum preferences align with common core, take a look at the homeschool resource roadmap’s comprehensive guide.
3: The Free List: Homeschool Curriculums on a Budget
It can be great to look through all the fancy-shmancy homeschool curriculums out there, but you will learn pretty quickly that a lot of them can get pretty pricey—what if the best curriculum for you is a free curriculum? (Ah, how the word rings like music in our ears) Well then, OnlyPassionateCuriosity’s Free List is the place to go! Organized by grade and subject matter, Heather has put together the ultimate index for frugal homeschoolers. No matter the age range you are searching for, you should be able to find a rich helping of free resources here for your family. And if you don’t find what you were looking for her, check out my Free Lists pintrest board, where I add every list of free resources I come accross.
Thanks for reading! If you are trying to pick a homeschool curriculum for kindergarten or younger, check out my ultimate preschool curriculum list for some ideas.
Did I miss a review website you always love to check? Do you know of another site that can help us find hidden gems or more of those elusive freebies? Let me know in the comments below!