Our Favorite Homeschool Resources (Includes a Link Up)

The following is a post by Homeschool Classroom founder and editor, Angie.

I hope that people are enjoying the writing prompt so far!  I am planning to do them for three more weeks, so a new prompt will be posted on Sunday.  (If I notice that people are participating and want more prompts, then I’ll continue it as a weekly carnival for at least a while longer.  Or, who knows — maybe for longer.)

Anyway, let’s get back to the topic at hand this week — Our Favorite Homeschool Resources.  

What is your favorite homeschool resource that you've used?

This is our fourth year of homeschooling, and each year, we’ve managed to change up quite a bit of what we have done the previous year.  Each year, I think we’re getting closer to what really works for our family, but we’re just not there yet.

With so much change each year, as we work to tweak to get closer to our ideal, I figure that my best indicator of what is my favorite should probably be what has remained with us throughout all of our changes.  Because of this, I’m going to list more than one favorite.  Trust me — if it has survived with us for four years, it’s a sure sign that it must be working for us.  (No science or history program can boast that in our house, that’s for sure!)

For this, I have focused on specific curriculum, and not all of the other amazing resources that make homeschooling possible, like our faith, our family, our friends, and so forth.

Things We Have Consistently Used During All Four Years of Homeschooling

Horizons Math

I really like this program and it was the math program that we started out with.  I like the spiraling approach, as well as the variety it has to offer.

Sometimes, I don’t like how many questions they give of review things.  I know that repetition is good, but when several lessons in a row have a whole second page full of addition problems, it can get a little tedious.  Thankfully, of course, I can decide for us that we don’t have to do them all.  Usually, I will say that if they get X number correct, then I will cross off Y number of them.  If they get them wrong, then they have to do them all.

Teaching Textbooks

While we didn’t do this our first year (because nobody was old enough), we have worked on it for three years in a row.  The kids love this math program, and I do too.  I enjoy that concepts are reviewed many times, and not just learned and then forgotten.  I also like that, with three kids, I don’t have to be directly with each one of them during math, though I am always available for them for questions.

One of the things that I like best (which the kids aren’t crazy about) is that when a student gives in incorrect answer, they are offered the option to watch the solution.  In our house, I require the kids to do that (which is why they aren’t crazy about it).  But, I think we all agree that they learn the material better when they learn about their mistakes.

Both Horizons and Teaching Textbooks have placement tests available on their sites for figuring out where would be the best level placement for your child.

Language of God

This is a grammar program put out by Catholic Heritage Curricula.  I really like that there are not a lot of materials I need for it.  I only need the workbook for each level that the kids are in (which start at $13.95 and get more expensive as they progress on with the program, although the highest level is still only $24.95).

I also love (most importantly) that grammar is taught through Bible stories, stories of saints, and examples of people leading good lives.  Selfishly, I also really like that each book really can be done in one school year.  (Sometimes we run into issues with some of our materials being more difficult to do this with when you also like to do field trips, co-op, and other activities.)

I can’t wait to see what other people’s favorite resources are!

Angie is a homeschooling mom to three children and writes about the adventures of her life as a domestically challenged nerd-type turned stay at home Mom at Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online, Tiny Owl Designs, and Just a Tiny Owl {Etsy shop}.


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Comments

  1. says

    We have been using Horizons for math too but I am so tired of it. I agree that sometimes, it is just too much and my daughter with Autism will get so overwhelmed. So, I am trying to find a program with more manipulatives and less paper pushing. Any ideas?

    • says

      Tabitha, I hear lot of parents saying they like Math Usee.. I haven’t worked with it, we use Rightstart Math which has very few worksheets, it complements with Math Games and it has tons of manipulatives, it takes the asian approach of math which is quiet different from the us-one. You’ll find the review in my post and in the post is a link for another review where she did an excellent job of writing a review (for I’ve read PLENTY of them before deciding to go ahead and try it out. And of course you can go to http://www.rightstartmath.com

      Good Luck

  2. says

    I have heard such great things about Teaching Textbooks. Abby isn’t ready for it yet, but we’ll have to try it when she is. Horizons was too fast paced and advanced for her, when we tried it in 1st grade. Honestly, I can’t find a math that we like yet. I tried MUS and she still isn’t getting it.

    I do like BJU Press Heritage Studies. I can not say enough about this social studies curriculum. My daughter and I both enjoy it.

    We also like Apologia. We just finished Anatomy & Physiology and will do Land Animals next.

  3. says

    I have heard a lot of great things about Teaching Textbooks. I may switch to that when we get to the more difficult Math. Thanks for hosting the link-up. I am looking forward to the next one.

  4. says

    Btw thank you so much for the opportunity to participate and I really enjoy the other’s favorites :-) I hope there will be more !! God Bless

  5. says

    We switched to Teaching Textbooks this year from Singapore with my oldest. I love Singapore for the younger years but really appreciate the built in teacher in Teaching Textbooks as the math gets more complicated!

    Wish I had seen this sooner as I would have loved to write a post about my favorites! Looking forward to seeing what next weeks prompt is!

  6. says

    I agree with Heidi! I actually wrote a post and then realized that the link up was closed!! :-(

    Oh, well. I’ll catch next weeks!

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