Skip to main content

View Diary: Resources I Use for Homeschooling (40 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  What a lovely list of resources! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Moody Loner

    There is so much available nowadays that it is good to get recommendations from folks. It helps slim down the options and definitely pinpoints the best ones.

    I especially liked the textbook website. I'm afraid their prices have gone up to $19.95 and I wish they just had a simple list of all texts available. I'm going to go back and explore even though we don't use very many texts. I do rely on them for high school math instructions, particularly Key Curriculum Press. Even used, one of their textbooks runs $50-$75. Yikes.

    •  Complete curriculum has ... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Moody Loner, angelajean

      one text per grade per subject.  Of the ones I skimmed through science was evenly split between life, physical and earth sciences for the forts six years then does more in depth Earth science and physical science in 7th, 8th and 9th, biology in 10th and chemistry in 11th.
      Math is by grade level until 9th for pre-algebra, 10th has two texts for Algebra and Geometry, and pre-calculus in 11th. Social studies is fairly grade level and basic in early years focusing on history alternating between US and world studies from about fourth through about ninth grades with economics or civics in 10th and back to world history for 11th.  Language arts uses classic books and poems, at least for the sixth grade test, and all the reading is included with each lesson, so if she is told to read chapter 3 of the secret garden and answer questions, the chapter is in her PDF and the questions are there too.

      •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Moody Loner

        I think we'll skip then since I already have texts that work for us. But what a good resource for someone starting out, especially if their child learns well from textbooks.

        We turned to Key Curriculum for math because they used so many real life examples to teach higher math. My kids learn best with hands on experience and the text provides plenty of opportunity for that. Ironically, they don't recommend their texts for homeschoolers because of the amount of group work that they encourage but they underestimate the abilities of homeschoolers to improvise. In one example, they take everyone's pulse in class and graph the results - my son asked everyone he encountered for a day to take their pulse instead. It worked just fine :)

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site