60+ Homeschoolers Share Their Favorite Homeschool Curriculum – What Curriculum Do You Use?

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I polled my readers a few weeks ago and asked them what ages they were homeschooling and what curriculum they used. I have over 60 gracious moms comment below this post sharing what they are currently using to homeschool their children.

I always love hearing what works for other homeschooling families. There are some great ideas below that I think will be very helpful for any family that may be homeschooling or thinking about doing so.

Enjoy reading the comments below and let me know what curriculum you use.

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60 thoughts on “60+ Homeschoolers Share Their Favorite Homeschool Curriculum – What Curriculum Do You Use?”

  1. We use Masterbooks for history and big kid math, Teaching Textbooks for elementary math, Apologia for science, and IEW for writing and grammar. I’ve been homeschooling for 9 years.

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    • I have been homeschooling for almost 8 years. We use apologia science and follow Charlotte Mason philiosophy. I use basic math workbooks, MCP Plaid phonics books with hooked on phonics, and try to follow mystery of history with added living books and unit studies.

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    • We love masters books for math and language arts for the kids in 1st grade.we use a lot of the Charlotte Mason books for history, science and geography. Ambleside online readaloud books.
      And lots of play outside and inside.

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      • I have been homeschooling for eight years. I have used Abeka, Apologia, Alpha Omega, and Generations. I love looking into new curriculum and staying focused on Jesus Christ and the bible. Thanks for all you do. Kapra Watson

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    • I have been homeschooling for 9 years now. I use right start math, biblioplan history, science in the ancient world, who is my neighbor for Bible spell to write and read and IEWfor my 4th grader. Apologia physical science, dave Ramsey homeschool curriculum, saxon math, IEW, fix it grammar, generations literature and mystery of history 4 for my 8th grader.

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  2. We use a lot of Masterbooks (Math Lessons for a Living Education, Language Lessons for a Living Education, More than Words) but I piece together our curriculum from so many sources! Answers in Genesis is my go to for science, and I flesh out a lot of our curriculum with free online resources.

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  3. I have been homeschooling now for 4 years. I have 3 daughters 7, 6, and 2. I ended up with using Abeka Academy homeschool kit with video and worksheets and we just go at our own pace. I can skip certain videos if I feel it is too much. Currently we are trying 4 days of “school” and one day as a “free” day where we do library, park day with friends or church…some type of free spirited learning days. A couple extra stuff we throw in is Money Munchkids, education.com (they have online games like abcmouse too), Spanish workbooks, and a lot of usborne books for drawing, coding, and learning books of that sort.

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  4. This is our 8th year homeschooling! We use a variety of curriculum. For math we like Teaching Textbooks (because it’s fun and interactive, but also that my kids can do it independently. Puts my mind at ease, knowing we will eventually hit algebra!). For Science 2 of my kids are using Master Books, and one is using Science Shepherd (elementary). Both are working well, and I’d highly recommend both! Our favorite elementary history was Notgrass “Star Spangled Story” and we were so sad when we finally finished it! One of my greatest helps/ finds was Spelling Power, for my struggling speller. It has made a big difference in his spelling, and this is our 2nd year using it. When I started homeschooling I was a “boxed curriculum” user, and bought all from one company. We enjoyed it, but have now realized that we prefer some variety, and that different companies have different strengths πŸ™‚

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  5. This is my first year homeschooling. I have a 5, 8 and 12 year old. I am using Sonlight for the 5 year old and Masterbooks for the 8 and 12 year old.
    We are loving the gentle approach to Masterbooks and allowing the kids to truly master a concept before moving on.

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  6. I am a former homeschool student and have been teaching students for the past 14 years. I have taught using Veritas Press, Memoria Press, living books, & Saxon curricumum for 12 years+. Personally, my favorite ‘curriculum’ is a public library card and plenty of time to read, play outside, & sing/dance/create with various household materials. As a student, I used Artes Latinae, Konos, Making Math Meaninful, Far Above Rubies, & Saxon math at various times. My mom was an ‘eclectic’ homeschool parent who gave me a lot of freedom to pursue my passions of reading, writing, dancing, & playing outside. I am forever grateful to her and to other teachers/tutors who came alongside to encourage & challenge me.

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  7. This is our first year homeschooling. I have a 5,8, 12 year old and using Masterbooks with all 3 mixed with Sonlight Pre-I with 5 year old. We are loving Masterbooks gentle approach so each kid is able to gain mastery before next concept is introduced.

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    • We are in our 10th year of homeschooling. We use a Hodge podge of curriculum so here it goes….we are using Apologia Young Explorers and high school live classes, CTC Math, Abeka, Cover Story, Easy Grammar, Spelling Power, Teaching Textbooks, Notgrass History, Veritas Self-paced, All About Reading, BJU, and Total Health. ?

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  8. The only consistent piece in our 5 years of homeschooling has been IEW. We started with PAL (after tears with our first 2 choices), and have never strayed.

    We have been through the math circus of choices and have yet to find the right fit. We did find out very quickly that online math doesn’t work for us at all.

    We are currently redesigning our homeschool days, reevaluating our choices and looking for a better way to do things FOR US. I capitalize that because it’s so easy to forget that every child is different and one size definitely does not fit all.

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  9. We have been homeschooling for 2 years now. The curriculum we are currently using is Singapore Math, IEW reading and writing, and Classical Conversations. Life of Fred is another math curriculum that we love and use to supplement, it has a story format that my girls really enjoy.

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  10. We have been officially homeschooling our 6 children for 4 years now (starting when our oldest was 5). We use Heart of Dakota and we absolutely love it! I hope to continue to use it all the way from preschool to High School!

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  11. We?ve been home schooling now for almost 25 years. I have six kids. Three are married and out of the house. The two oldest kids did some Bible college and spent some time overseas. The next oldest is about to graduate with honors from a Christian university. I don?t think one particular curriculum or method is ?the answer? or a perfect fit. Each child is unique. If you name it, we have most likely used it at some point in the last 25 years! We go through various seasons, both within the year but also for longer stretches. You have the years of babies and toddlers and the dynamic that brings. Currently, I have one that?s almost graduation age, who has a lot of learning difficulties. Things are a lot harder for him and he gets stressed out much easier. In this season of our life, we have a variety of farm animals and that comes with quite a few chores that need done on a daily basis. First and foremost, I try to deal with character issues as they come up. My two boys are often frustrated with each other. The younger wants the older boy?s attention, so he will do annoying things. This greatly annoys the older and they start the cycle again and again. Dealing with all of these dynamics is a big part of homeschooling. As difficult as it is sometimes, I?m thankful that they?re home where we can address these character issues instead of off in another school setting where I have no idea how they are behaving. I almost daily feel inadequate and I cry out to God for help. When people complement us about our children, I always say that it is only by God?s grace and it?s in spite of us with all our own flaws. This isn?t false humility. I really believe that. Bottomline: God is good and he will equip you if you cry out to him. There?s no magic curriculum that will fix everything. (I am very thankful for curriculum though!) We started out with Abeka, and eventually moved into unit studies for a while, then stuck with Sonlight for multiple years. Now we listen to a lot of audiobooks from the online public library. We also use Masterbooks and Teaching Textbook for math. We are using IEW and the Biology on video (can?t think of name right now) in a co-op. We still read voraciously, which was instilled in us through using Sonlight. My oldest son at home is really into blacksmithing and taxidermy, so he?s reading all he can and has mentors in both fields. Our journey looks a lot different now than it did in the beginning. God is using the process to refine each one of us.

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  12. We haven’t been using a set curriculum, we’ve been doing unit studies, workbooks and a bit of this and a little of that. Trying to homeschool on a budget

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  13. I use AlphaOmega Publications for all English and math. I use the Complete Canadian Curriculum for science and social. I have been homeschooling for 3 years.

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  14. We have been homeschooling for over 20 years, with at least 16 years left to go. Our favorite curriculum so far is IEW. We only started using it a couple years ago, but it has revolutionized our schooling.

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  15. I just began homeschooling this year with my son. We are repeating kindergarten again this coming year though because he was a one of the younger kindergarteners at his homeschool academy & he’s not quite ready for 1st grade. This was our trial year to see how we both liked in & we love it! Next year I will add my preschooler & freshman in high school to the mix. We are all excited though.
    Since this was my first year we didn’t really use a specific curriculum. We mostly used Sound & teach my child to read in 100 lessons, science through the library homeschool events, math with toys & learning tiles. We have used Owlegoories for Bible time.

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  16. Thank you for this opportunity as I was able to only watch a few of the video sessions. This is our 3rd official year of homeschooling and we are currently using Learning Language Arts through Literature (LLATL), Fix-It-Grammar (The Nose Tree), Learn Math Fast, and Layers of Learning (History, Geography, Science, and Art). LLATL has been wonderful as it goes back and touches on what has been previously covered as you progress through the year, can be done independently as each lesson informs my son when he a discussion with teacher is needed (this has been great on days where my disabled father has needed extra attention), and each lesson is not overwhelming to an active child. Fix -It-Grammar has short, 15-20 minute lessons that take one sentence a day and has him mark the correct punctuation, define and write the daily vocabulary word, rewrite the sentence, and progressively has him mark the nouns, articles, pronouns, etc. Learn Math Fast breaks down it lesson in a unique way that encourages mental math. Each worksheet stress that if you miss any problems, you need to go back and review before going on. Their website offers addition worksheets you can use to reaffirm the lessons. Layers of Learning (LoL) is our favorite. Each unit covers history, geography, science, and art. Each unit has a suggested book list, brief explanation of the topic, then multiple dive deeper, explorations, expeditions, and experiments of which you can choose to do as little or as many as you want. We do not have a Bible curriculum as we have not found one that focuses less on memorizing the scripture and more on living it.

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  17. This is my 12th year homeschooling with a combination of curricula: Tapestry of Grace, Phonics Road and Writing with Skill for English, Apologia and Novare science, and Singapore Math and Math U See (with VideoText for my oldest). I used to think I would pick one curriculum and stick with it til the end, but I?ve learned one size doesn?t necessarily fit all 4 kids (although Tapestry does), and that the curriculum has to work for both of us?student and mom. And sometimes I?ve changed because I?ve gotten a bit tired of teaching the same curriculum! πŸ™‚

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  18. Love this comment thread! Very helpful to me – we’re just starting our homeschool journey and I love to hear what works with other families!

    We homeschooled one year of preschool – when my oldest were 4 and 2 – and used Before Five in a Row. We had a blast with it and loved how it was chill and very relaxed.

    I’m planning on starting to homeschool again this coming fall, with my oldest in 1st and my middle guy in Kinder. 2 year old brother will be playing alongside us this year. We’ve chosen My Father’s World for both older kids. I LOVE how the Bible is so integrated in the curriculum, and I’m really looking forward to learning with my kiddos this year. I also like the “open and go” aspect of it – I work from home, so this year I need something that doesn’t take a ton of planning time.

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  19. I have been homeschooling for 9 years. I use veritas press for high school as well as dual credit at our local community college. For elementary, I use Saxon math, shurley English, IEW, apologia science, and veritas history. I also want to give a shout out to virtual homeschool group, I?ve used them for various classes.

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  20. I’ve been homeschooling 7 years or 12 if you count from birth. (-; Together we study the Bible, sometimes with Abeka or a Bible Studies like The Fruit of the Spirit by MB publication. Science & History we use a mix of Abeka, Purflix (Drive thru History, AIG, etc…), and anything they are interested in explore. Two free resources we use are typing club & Mango for Spanish.
    3rd grade: Abeka for LA, Reading, Spelling, Writing and Masterbooks for Math.
    6th grade: Abeka for Math, Writing Strands by Masterbooks and we used Generations 6th grade Literature curriculum. This was our first year using Generations.org literature and I highly recommend checking out it. I usually don’t recommend curriculum but the is one I keep telling people about! He enjoyed it so much that he’s already chose it for 7th grade along with their history and Proverbs bible study. Good stuff!

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    • Entering for my wife who missed the summit. We use teaching textbooks and gather round homeschool for our four school age children. Thanks.

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  21. Hi, I first want to thank every person who made an effort to put this summit together -every bit came as a blessing! I first started homeschooling about 10 yrs ago when my eldest, a boy, did not seem emotionally ready for formal schooling. We started off with a formal curriculum of high academic standard (TCE), but since English is not our first language and my child was a struggling reader, it lasted no more than 8 months before I realized that it was not a fit. At the time I decided to jump over to being more eclectic using CONOS for character building, doing Abeka Maths and reading loads of real life stories together. After another year past and my middle child joining the scene, we switched over to Singapore Maths and started using a literature based South African designed Curriculum, Little Footprints that incorporated Language arts, Science, Geography and History in much the same way as Sonlight. We continued in this less structured way, yet somewhere along the way I lost focus of what is most important as I started worrying about academic performance, feeling all the more inadequate and even sending my oldest to a pvt school by the end of his third homeschool year. By the time my third child entered into more formal education, I really struggled, for my fear of not being able to successfully supporting him as a kinesthetic learner with huge struggles in mathematics and reading, ate away at my own productivity as I lacked a solid / foundational vision for homeschooling. We continued using Singapore Maths at the time and continued for 2 more years with “Footprints on our Land” , a follow up on Little Footprints. At the beginning of this year, I decided to switch over to Time for Learning with my youngest and I could really see the difference as most of the lessons are visually and auditory stimulating. Working with a kid with learning difficulties can at times be really hard and humbling. There are stunning curricula available out there, but listening to the Homeschool summit just reminded me again that without God nothing will be sufficient, yet with Him, nothing is impossible!

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  22. Hello, I have been homeschooling for 6 of the best years of my life. We thank God everyday for the freedom and joy that comes with it. I’m pretty eclectic and spend a lot of time researching and asking other homeschoolers what they use. To me, finding the materials I want to use is always the hardest part but the beauty of it is that we can change it up if something is not working. I use Apologia, Winters Promise, Sing Spell Read and Write, All About Spelling, Christian Light Publishing, and BJU for math this year. The only thing that isn’t working great for us this year is the BJU… we will probably either go back to Teaching Textbooks next year or Christian Light Publishing. πŸ™‚

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  23. I was homeschooled from 7th-12th grade. After receiving my teaching degree, I taught in a small Christian school for 6 years. I am the mother of 3 children (3, 2, and 6 months). We are currently using the A Beka 2 and 3 year old preschool program.

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  24. We’ve been using The Good and the Beautiful curriculum for about 2 years now after switching from a more secular curriculum. Too many questions kept coming up or i’d have to skip over whole sections because it didn’t fit with our views. We both love the good and the beautiful! It’s a wonderful Christian curriculum that really engages kids.

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  25. Hi Kimberly,
    We have 3 boys between the ages of 8 and 3 and are currently in our second year of homeschooling. We use Sonlight for history, Bible, literature, geography and science. We love reading good stories together, studying God’s word, and marvelling at his wonderful creation. We use Singapore maths and various Australian spelling and language arts programs.
    Last year we were blessed by going through Focus on the Family’s character building series called Kids of Integrity, which I highly recommend to any family.
    I’m grateful for the more experienced homeschoolers who are willing to share their experiences for the benefit of others and have been particularly encouraged by the sessions I was able to listen to from the Homeschool Teaching Summit this week. I was able to incorporate some of the ideas (particularly in behaviour management – the kids’ and my own!) into our home this week and the difference was evident. It was a great reminder of why we choose to homeschool.

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  26. Thank you so much for this summit which has been such a great blessing !!!
    We are french-speaking,we homeschooled our 2 sons during 12 years .We created an association to support french-speaking christian homeschoolers . We are helping to create homeschool materials as far as there are not yet christian evangelical curriculum in french !

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  27. This is my third year homeschooling. We currently use Bible Road Trip, Math Mammoth, Mystery of History, Joyful Heart Spelling, Laying Down the Rails (character building), Berean Builders science, and free resources for art and music. We also read a lot of library books!

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  28. Homeschooled for almost 5 years . Currently use The Good and the Beautiful for LA (reading,spelling,grammar, art appreciation, geography all in one ) and history. RightStart mathematics for one and CTC math for the other one.

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  29. My son loves RightStart Math. It’s his favorite subject. He’s also been enjoying Writing Strands this year. And he’s particularly enjoyed the Astronomy Unit from Sabbath Mood Homeschool. He’s declared that he has to hurry up and learn math so that he can become an astronomer and count all the planets in the Milky Way! We’ve been working our way through Streams of Civilization for history. It isn’t his favorite subject, but my husband and I appreciate the Biblical perspective and the look at cultures all over the world.

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  30. I have been homeschooling for 19 years and am on my last kiddo. We’ve always loosely followed a Charlotte Mason approach. Depending on the year I use Hear of Dakota (which I LOVE) or Notgrass (which is more affordable). For math we use Life of Fred and supplement with worksheets. I use Rod and Staff for grammar practice. I have written my own curriculum for writing (Wonderful Writing Prompts and Stupendous Story Starters by A. E. Fuhrman–both available on Amazon).

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  31. I homeschooled my nephews and niece for three years until their mom had moved (I don?t remember which curriculum we used because it was about 5 years ago), but I hope to start homeschooling in our community because it is important to plant as many seeds as possible while they?re young and taking it all in! May it all be for the glory of God!

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  32. We just started our homeschooling journey last year, we have four kids 7

    and under. So far we have used Masterbooks and Sonlight!

    Tanja Muller, I just read your comment, and language isn’t my first

    language either! Which country are you from, since we share the same

    first name? πŸ˜‰

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  33. Homeschooled for almost 5 years now. Currently using The Good and the Beautiful for LA (they also weave spelling, grammar, reading, geography, art appreciation into it) and history. RightStart Math for one kid and the other uses CTC Math. Apologia for science (if we get to it)

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  34. This is my first year homeschooling. We are using Masterbooks for math, Spelling by sound and structure, My Father?s World Adventures in US History, and Shurley Grammar.

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  35. I have been Homeschooling for 7 years mostly to my 10yo and 7yo boys. When they were younger, their curriculum was reading, free play, parks and life skills. I am now using a variety of curriculum – Montessori Math, Right start math, literature story lessons, and building foundations for scientific understanding.

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  36. We have been homeschooling for 3 years. My kids take several classes through our local co-op which meets weekly. At home, I use Horizons (math, phonics/readings, writing, and spelling) for my second grader. My older kids (5th & 8th grades) use Teaching Textbooks for math and Building Spelling Skills for spelling. For grammar, we have used Easy Grammar as well as Grammar Galaxy. My 5th grader is currently using Kahn Academy for grammar, while my 8th grader is taking grammar through our co-op. For science, I use God’s Design for Life for my younger two, while my oldest takes Science using Apologia through our co-op. We all study history together using Story of the World. For any other subject that we’re interested in learning, I use on-line resources, the library, the Bible, and my own imagination.

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  37. We have been homeschooling for seven years. We participate in Classical Conversations, use Notgrass History with great joy, also enjoy Apologia Science materials along with the wonderful books and materials Answers in Genesis and Generations has available. We also use Saxon math and read so many good books as we add many living books and unit studies of all kinds to our core curriculum. We seek to incorporate character and biblical studies to our work as often as possible. Everyday is different as we all are learning new things through reading and exploration of the wonderful world God has given us to enjoy. It takes time to figure out the best routines, but thankful for the opportunity to help our children learn and grow.

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  38. Our family is just starting out in the homeschooling adventure. As of this point we may just make up our own curriculum, however I?m learning more about homeschooling every day. My son will be entering kindergarten in a year

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  39. I?ve been homeschooling my 2 sons (3rd & 5th grade) for a little over 7 years now. We use Right Start Mathematics which I and my boys enjoy for different reasons. I like that they are exposed to higher math concepts and they love the manipulatives and games.

    We also use Moving Beyond the Page for our main curriculum. This is a box set that comes with a literature bundle, language arts, science and social studies units. The company?s website has educational links and the pacing guide really helps us stay on track too.

    I?m planning to take some time this year to look for curriculum that will help us incorporate more biblical principles as well.

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  40. We have three boys aged 8, 6 and 3, and are currently in our second year of homeschooling. We use Sonlight for history, geography, Bible, literature and science. We love reading good stories, studying God’s word and exploring his wonderful creation together. We have been using Singapore maths and various Australian spelling and language arts programs (mostly available from Blake education), with a sprinkling of art ideas from Pinterest πŸ™‚
    Last year our family was blessed by Focus on the Family’s character building resource “Kids of Integrity” and I would highly recommend it to any family.
    The sessions from this year’s Homeschool Teaching Summit that I was able to listen to were very encouraging. I was able to implement some of the ideas this week and the difference was evident. It was a good reminder of the reason why we choose to homeschool and to get our priorities in the right order. What a blessing to have experienced homeschoolers who are willing to share their experience and passion for discipleship in the home!

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  41. I just started homeschooling. I use Saxon math with instructional videos by Art Reed, BJU Press for reading, Apologia and Bright Ideas Press for science, and Writing with Sharon Watson. My child is in 6th grade. I also use schoolhouseteachers.com

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  42. We’re in our fourth year of homeschool. Both our 4th and 2nd grade kids use All About Spelling, DIY Awesome Comics! books, vintage Road to Writing booklets, Lego WeDo, The Science Chef book, a chemistry set with molecule model pieces, and the refreshingly diverse history book, Story of the World (we usually listen to the CD of it over lunch- I skip or edit bits or encourage critical thinking at times). The younger child uses Life of Fred volumes A-D, as he enjoys the storytelling, while the older child uses Dreambox math games, perfect for his borderline dyslexia as they’re read aloud, challenging, and plain old fun (but must be seen as tools, not replacements for the parent). The fourth grader uses a Daily Grammar booklet featuring Scriptures, and the second grader enjoys his Draw Write NOW booklet with a polar theme. We add a ton of good books from the library, field trips, the occasional worksheet, being outdoors, online videos (they love Dr. Binocs) and projects. We usually start the day with Bible study or readings from missionary bio collections, like Hero Tales. Whew, I didn’t realize until now how much we get into!

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  43. Hi, this is my first year homeschooling my 8 year old. I use some of Abeka because a friend of mine uses it so she shares her resources since her child is a year ahead of mine. Plus Curriculum is expensive. I am pretty eclectic and use whatever I can scrounge up online, and workbooks from Walmart the dollar tree and thrift stores also have amazing resources.

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  44. Homeschooled for almost 5 years now. We currently use The Good and The Beautiful for LA (which includes reading, grammar, art appreciation, geography etc) and history. RightStart math for one and CTC math for my other. I?d love to win this! I enjoyed the sessions I got to listen to for free

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