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Can you teach reading at home? In the early years of homeschooling this question was on an ever-present loop from others. No matter who I talked to whether they were family or strangers everyone wanted to be sure I could teach my child how to read. Now I chuckle and think sure I can teach my child to read, it’s more a matter of how do I find ‘the’ reading & phonics curriculum out of the slew available.

This top 10 list gives you ideas from other Teach Them Diligently families that have used these materials to teach their child or in some cases many children to read. We want you enjoy this exciting time of life. Watching the glimmer of understanding and joy fill your child’s eyes as they read for the first time is one of those life moments you won’t forget.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Reading & Phonics curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Elementary Reading & Phonics Curriculum

  1. Explode the Code (linked to the book at CBD)
  2. All About Reading
  3. Abeka
  4. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (linked to the book at CBD)

What a delight we have so many options to homeschool our children through the early years of learning. If you have a wiggly child that just can’t sit still many curricula give you ideas on how to fold in something like jumping on a trampoline while singing the alphabet song. Arts and crafts that work on little fingers agility making writing easier while reinforcing phonics and word families. On the opposite end of the wiggler spectrum and you have a snuggler that wants you to read everything to them we can find curriculum to fit that too.

  1. Language Lessons for a Living Education (by Masterbooks)
  2. First Language Lessons (by Well-Trained Mind)
  3. Easy Grammar
  4. Sonlight
  5. Bob Jones University Press Phonics and Reading
  6. Rod and Staff

Let’s not forget that each child is unique and is maturing at their own rate. This can mean we try to start homeschooling at age 5 fall like the ‘local school’ but our son just doesn’t get it or can’t sit still long enough for a lesson. There is plenty of time to take a deep breath and wait. Try again in a couple weeks and for now focus on something else like science and dinosaurs.

Don’t allow the pressure of proving yourself as a homeschooling mom and teaching reading to push you or your child into trying to keep up with an artificial learning timeline.

The early years of homeschooling can be filled with fun. Read a louds on rainy days. Using finger paints with your child working on letter sounds. God gave you these wonderful little minds to tend and guide. Do so with a gentle hand and a prayer on your lips.

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This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

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Tips for Introducing a Love of Reading

Top 10 Homeschooling Preschool Curriculum Choices 

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Help! My preteen thinks history is boring. I need help finding a homeschool history curriculum my middle schooler will enjoy and engage. The families of Teach Them Diligently have been there and thankfully they are sharing their middle school curriculum favorites with us! This list is all about middle school level history, social studies, and geography.

These curriculum options cover the range of homeschooling styles. Beginning with a traditional detailed textbook based style that many of us parents learned from ourselves. To our #1 pick Notgrass History more unit based with a strong dash of textbook style. Then we have a chronological world history option that has lots of opportunities to add hands on projects for your kinetic learner or even add in the younger ones with their big siblings lesson.

History doesn’t have to be boring!

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a Middle School History/ Social Studies/ Geography curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Middle School History, Social Studies, Geography Curriculum

  1. Notgrass History  from the website- Textbooks generally provide context and comprehensiveness. Unit studies generally provide depth and richness. In our courses, we attempt to bridge the gap between these two approaches by giving you tools that help you teach the heart, soul, and mind of your student. Our curriculum is easy for parents, requiring little planning or preparation. Our curriculum is rewarding for students, helping them learn to analyze the present by understanding the past.
  2. The Mystery of History  from the website- The Mystery of History is chronological, Christian, and complete world history curriculum that is easy-to-use, historically accurate, Christ-centered series
  3. Story of the World  (by Well-Trained Mind) from the website- The Story of the World is an award-winning resource for families looking for a history curriculum they can fall in love with. Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas — find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This read-aloud series is designed for parents and teachers to share with elementary school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.

Ever wonder how these curricula want us to teach our children? Here is a video about our #2 The Mystery of History and how you could use their history program in your home.

  1. Masterbooks History
  2. Beautiful Feet Books
  3. Exploring the World through Cartography ( by Classical Conversations)

History is not all that is in this lovely list. There is Social Studies that your middle schooler can understand and discuss at a much higher level of critical thinking. This can be folded into field trips and even current events finding similarities to the past. The compare and contrast of what has happened and what might happen now is often very intriguing and engaging for preteens.

  1. Abeka History
  2. Heart of Dakota
  3. Simply Charlotte Mason History
  4. Veritas Press History

Before we leave this great list lets talk about why would a child well versed for years in geography need to continue in middle school? If your preteen knows their world geography then move on to Biblical geography and historical geography. Now that your preteen is old enough to understand the maps of WW2 Europe it can compliment history and deepen their understanding. Add maps to your Biblical learning so your preteen knows how God used the land itself to help Gideon.

Weave these subjects into your day to day learning to make for a more balanced, better educated preteen. Look through these top 10 curriculum choices to find which ones best match your families home educating style. Try free lessons that many of these companies have available. Watch videos by the creators and see what they have to offer. These top 10 curriculum choices in Middle School history, social studies, and geography will help your Middle School preteen.

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Top 10 Homeschool Middle School Math Curriculum Choices

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Homeschooling parents often find themselves surprised and even scared when facing the increasingly intense middle school years. The subject of math only makes these feelings more intense. How do I go from the good old days of addition, carrying, and memorizing the multiplication facts to 8th grade Algebra so advanced it can be on my teen’s high school transcript?

Time for another surprise only this time, it’s a pleasant one. Many families have successful navigated these curriculum waters before and they want to help!

Here are the top 10 choices for Middle School Math Curriculum

Our community of families at Teach Them Diligently have been asked “what do you recommend as a Middle School Math curriculum choice.” We took all these suggestions for Middle School math and 39 other subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

  1. Teaching Textbooks
  2. Saxon Math
  3. Math-U-See

You can see in the broad range of styles and approaches in our top 10 that you can continue to homeschool your preteen as per your chosen homeschooling style.

There are many options in our list that span the spectrum of homeschooling styles from a very structured traditional homeschooling option such as the #2 on the list Saxon math, to interactive software/online like our #1 winner Teaching Textbooks, to a more open language based option (great for gifted preteens) #4 Life of Fred.

4. Life of Fred

5. Principles of Math (a Master Books curriculum product)

6. Abeka Math

7. CTC Math

Be aware as you move through the middle school years it is time to start thinking ahead to college. Not to begin pressuring your preteen but to know what prerequisites are required at their top college choices. This can help guide your informed  curriculum choices to build a foundation that your teen can have as many options available to them as possible.

8. Singapore Math

9. Horizons Math  (an Alpha Omega curriculum product)

10. Bob Jones University Press Math

Middle school is a time of transition and change for your preteen and you. No need to be anxious about curriculum as well. Let your fellow homeschooling families help your through these important curriculum choices. The preteen years will be a thing of joy and growth for the whole family.

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

Also check out “The Change Ahead for Middle School” an article here on the TTD blog by Stef Layton.

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“Oh, curriculum, curriculum, how shall we choose thee? How can we know that we have chosen well for our beloved children??”

When I am talking to homeschool moms, the question of curriculum comes up a lot. There are so many options available to us now, and we tend to be overwhelmed and almost paralyzed as we take a look at them all. Add terms like, “learning styles,” “Charlotte Mason,” and more to the volume of choices to wade through, and homeschool moms and dads can really get nervous about the entire process.

This summer, we hope to alleviate some of those fears and help you wade through the choppy waters of curriculum as we walk together through the results of the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorites Top 10 Curriculum Choices for each subject and level. Coming up in the days ahead, we’ll take a look at the top 10 curriculums as chosen by Teach Them Diligently families and give you a little more details about the top 3 of each one. We’ll also talk specifically about how to choose curriculums for each of those stages. Stay tuned, so you don’t miss a thing. In the meantime, I encourage you to download the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorite’s Guide and start utilizing that resource to help you decide what your homeschool will look like next year. Click here or at the bottom of this post to download now.

Still wanting more Curriculum Information? Check out these awesome posts from the TTD Blog.

  1. The Number 1 Reason a Curriculum Fails and Why You Should Change How You Select Yours by Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed gives a lot of helpful insight from a gal who has a masters degree in curriculum. (She’s a curriculum WHIZ, I tell you!) You’ll find some great tips here for choosing the perfect curriculum for your family.
  2. Get a Dad’s Perspective on Curriculum choice through this article from Steve Blackston of Husband of a Homeschool Mom. Steve’s articles are fantastic to help dad’s see mom’s point of view– and mom’s to see dad’s. I encourage you to check them all out by searching his name in the search bar on the blog.
  3. What to do when a curriculum isn’t working by Lana Wilson. Trust me, there will be choices you make that simply do not work for your family. We all have done that! This article will give you some great insights as to what options you have. I think you’ll find that it’s almost always better to jump ship that remain on a sinking one when it comes to curriculum.
  4. My Homeschool Doesn’t Have to Look Just Like Your Homeschool. We are all different. Our children are different. We even have different needs at different seasons. This article will walk through (and hopefully give you a sense of freedom!) several areas of homeschooling!

 

Be sure to download your copy of the Homeschool Family Favorites Guide today and be watching the TTDBlog in the days ahead as we walk through the curriculum choices you have!

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Looking to buy or sell used curriculum and resources?? Check out Homeschool Yard Sale!! We’re hoping it will become your go-to place for all things “swap.” :) Check it out here! It’s free to use!

 

 

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Vacation with a Vision

No matter when you go, or how you go, or even where you go, vacations are a great way to rest and recharge with family. They can mean even more if you endow them with vision. This year, get the most bang for your buck by asking the question: What could we do that would change us?

VISION STATEMENTS

A Vacation Vision gives your vacation purpose. And it works even if you’re not leaving town. For example:

This year, we’ll focus on others.

Go on a family missions trip. Spend the week helping build a Habitat Home. Volunteer to cook or clean at a camp. Help family friends pack up and move. Spend your vacation shopping, cleaning, babysitting, and cooking for someone experiencing illness or loss.

Staycation: Camp in your backyard, flag down the ice cream truck for a treat, have a treasure hunt, or play flashlight tag

This year, we’ll learn something new.

Pair new adventures with learning. Try a new Chinese restaurant after everyone can use chopsticks. Take a trip to the mountains that includes white water rafting. Learn sign language before visiting in a deaf community. Tour a factory or a local market.

 

Staycation: Learn what it’s like to visit old spots at new times. A trip to your favorite lake is good. A sunrise breakfast there—even better! A drive-thru for shakes and fries is good. Drive-thru with kids in their pjs—even better!

This year, spontaneity is our watchword.

Choose spur-of-the-moment activities like roadside museums or the scenic highway. RoadsideAmerica.com lists locations for everything from the world’s largest peanut to a Cadillac ranch. Select state favorites or map a particular city to find unique attractions. These apps may also help: Hotel Tonight (last-minute reservations) and Travel Zoo (map-based locations).

 

Staycation: Camp in your backyard, chase the ice cream truck, have a treasure hunt, or play flashlight tag.

 

When choosing to vacation with vision, you won’t just see a change in the scenery. You might also see a change in your family!

 

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Homeschoolers teach children themselves for a variety of reasons.  One thing we all have in common is that parents can be the best educators for their own children. No other teacher loves your children as much and knows your children’s unique learning needs. So we teach our own children…sometimes at home, in the car, at the library, at the museum. We homeschool at home, but that doesn’t mean we have to homeschool alone.  Community is the secret sauce.  A Parent Practicum can show you the way.

Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)

Parent Practicum is a FREE, 3-Day Parent Conference on Classical, Christian Homeschooling. You’ll find a community of local families, eager to explore the classical model of education and tools that make learning all subjects with all their children satisfying. At Practicum you will practice the skills of learning and get your hands dirty becoming students. Student Camps are available for students of all ages at a nominal fee. For both adults and students, advance online registration is required. Hundreds of Parent Practicums are offered around the globe from May to early August. Find a Practicum near you!

Students and parents learn best together in community

After summer Practicum, families gather together during the school year in communities, meeting once a week and creating a safe place for practicing speaking skills, encouraging one another and discussing big ideas. Trained parent-tutors model skills and facilitate. Young children enjoy learning in a group setting. They get to play games with the memory work and cooperate on science projects. A CC community provides parents and students with encouragement, fellowship and accountability.  Practicum trains Parents, Tutors and Directors.  Everyone grows through encouragement, leadership, and training. Hear from Sean about why he loves community.

Community helps teens build strong, positive friendships

Our Challenge program for teens is designed for students to build lasting relationships with their peers. They go through mock trial, debates, presentations, and other challenging activities together, sharpening their presentation and debate skills against each other—something they just can’t do on their own.

Visit Classical Conversations to begin the journey and find a Practicum near youGet expert advice and resources from our knowledgeable Product Sales Specialists at Practicum.  Listen to parents talk about their why for going to Practicum here.

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Every day, you give your all to enrich the lives of your children and educate them because that’s your calling. They will always be your first priority. But it can be easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you’re using a parent-led approach to homeschooling – there’s a lot to think about. “Am I doing enough?” easily creeps up when you’re laying your head down to fall asleep.  Our first priority is to make the Abeka curriculum effective so that you can lead your child’s education with absolute confidence and zero stress.

You Don’t Have To Be a Trained Teacher To Be a Great Teacher

No matter what subject or grade you’re teaching or what level of education you’ve received, Abeka Curriculum Lesson Plans are designed with a proven step-by-step method to help walk you through each piece of our traditional, parent-led approach. You will succeed! We even give you the exact words to say if you need them. Or, if you want to, you can get creative. It’s up to you.

Whichever route you choose, lesson plans serve as a helpful, comprehensive guide, whether you’re brand new to teaching or an experienced veteran.

What’s Available For K4–12th Grade Planning

We take the guesswork out of lesson planning and give you the confidence to stay on track every day. For K4–6th grade, Curriculum Lesson Plans include a detailed, easy-to-follow daily guide, formatted in conveniently bound booklets. Similarly, lesson plans are included in the Teacher Edition of each textbook for 7th–12th grade.  You can sleep soundly at night knowing that tomorrow’s lessons are ready to go, because every day when you wake up, you’re already set up for success.

Included in every subject guide:
  • Quizzes & test timelines (suggested)
  • What to teach when (suggested)
  • Teaching advice
  • Grading guides
  • Tips for when & how to use teaching aids
  • Engagement activities
  • Learning games
  • Discussion questions
  • Step-by-step instructions for teaching compositions, including research papers

But Do Lesson Plans Really Help That Much?

Absolutely. Whether you teach eclectically or use solely Abeka’s curriculum, our teacher support materials will work to keep you organized and on track. If you’re using Abeka across subjects, you’ll start to notice that the subjects all interrelate. A spelling word that your child is learning will also relate to the scientific terms in another lesson, helping them to review those terms in a new way. That’s what we refer to as cross-subject integration, and it’s a big part of why Abeka’s curriculum works. Then, we layer the spiral review approach into our discussion questions, games and activities, which means that integral pieces of each lesson will continuously come back again. As themes continue to circle back around, important concepts will be cemented in your child’s mind.

 

We believe that learning is not about regurgitating answers, it’s about nurturing your child into becoming a well-rounded young adult. And that’s what our teacher support materials are designed to do – educate your children for life, not just for test-taking. Meanwhile, having a plan gives you peace of mind that you are doing enough.

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Test out our teacher support material for yourself. With a daily plan in place, we guarantee that your homeschool experience will drastically improve. That’s why we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on new materials. If you don’t think they’re making your life easier, just send them back. We’ll happily refund you.

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With the end of the school year around the corner for many homeschoolers, the folks at Alpha Omega Publications put together an end-of-year checklist to help you navigate this busy season. Work through this checklist to make sure your school year wraps up smoothly, and you can pick up again in the fall with ease.

 

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Finalize record keeping.

Depending on where you live, you will have different legal requirements for record keeping. No matter what your state requires, we recommend keeping documentation of the following: attendance records, details of the curriculum your child used (publisher, grade level, etc), samples of your child’s work, any correspondence with school officials, portfolios, and test scores.

 

Before wrapping up your school year, be sure all your record keeping is up to date and filed away for safe keeping. Whether you’ve chosen to organize in a three-ringed binder, file folders, or computer files, make sure things are clearly labeled by school year and your child’s name.

 

Give yourself a year-end review.

This is especially important if you’re taking a summer break. Review what you did this year, including what you liked, what you didn’t, what worked especially well for each child, and what has room for improvement. By writing your future self notes about how things went this year, you ensure that you won’t accidentally repeat things that didn’t work next year. Come August or September, your year-end review will be a leg up when you jump back into your homeschool routine.

 

Handout final grades (or your equivalent).

Once your children have completed their last assignment, give them a report card, progress report, or other form of yearly assessment. Even if you don’t use traditional grades in your homeschool, it’s important for young learners to be able to track their progress.

 

Celebrate progress!

At the end of the year, be intentional to take time to celebrate! Celebrate what you accomplished by staying true to your call to homeschool and celebrate what each of your children accomplished. Show your children you noticed what they did and acknowledge the hard work it required, perhaps with an end-of-year certificate of achievement. Another year accomplished is absolutely worth celebrating!

 

AOP Homeschooling LogoFounded in 1977, Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, support services, and an accredited online academy. Visit Alpha Omega Publications online or call 800-622-3070 to learn more.

 

 

 

 

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