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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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Home educating your preschooler is a great and high energy season of life. Homeschooling at this age in your family might involve singing songs, park play dates, loving on and playing with  younger siblings, and coloring with big crayons. You have been teaching your child since birth but now you feel it’s time to get a more formalized curriculum.

Read a book or two on homeschooling and variation can be overwhelming. Questions abound, and that’s okay. It’s common to have more questions than answers at first, so let’s tackle one of the biggest questions and needs of your homeschooling life– curriculum.

Is there even curriculum for preschoolers? Yes, there are many that are either full preschool curriculum programs or preschool level learning for a specific subject.

What books should I use? This is often influenced by what style you are choosing from Charlotte Mason, living books, traditional style, or even a more eclectic style with the structure of a curriculum. The list below covers a broad spectrum of curriculum options for your family so you can find something that fits your style.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a Preschool curriculum choice, and we compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

The response was wonderful and so many great options. We have compiled a top ten list that will ease your stress level and start your homeschooling off to a bang!

Here are the top 10 choices for Preschool Curriculum

  1. Before Five in a Row Preschool  From FIAR’s websiteThis important product has two sections: the first presenting 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4+.  The second presents an entire treasury of learning readiness activities intended to be used in your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime, bath time and more.
  2. Rod and Staff From the website“This series provides preparation material. Six workbooks give practice in coloring, cutting, pasting, and following directions while learning neatness and carefulness with books. The storybook gives auditory and oral practice for the child.”
  3. Abeka Provided structure curriculum for 18-24 month, 2 year, and 3 year old. From the website“Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”

The extra fun part for our littlest homeschooling students is you can go at any speed your wish. Slow it down and add in lots of enrichment projects and field trips. Speed it up for a child that is thriving and wants to learn faster than average.

  1. All About Learning Press
  2. Little Hands to Heaven (Heart of Dakota) 
  3. My Father’s World

Creating a homeschooling environment in you home that matches your family is paramount this year. From simple and sweet, basket time in the morning, to baking in the afternoon. Perhaps a more structured style that blends with your other children’s learning is needed and you have to integrate multiple grades. Your family is special and wonderful. Take the time to find what works for you with the help of other families that have been there and have graciously passed along their knowledge.

  1. Sonlight
  2. All about Reading Preschool
  3. Timberdoodle Preschool
  4. A Year of Playing Skillfully- The Homegrown Preschooler!

No matter what you choose have fun and enjoy the beginning of a wonderful homeschooling journey. Preschool is a delightful time of your child’s life when the world is bright, big, and wonderful. You are who they look up to, to guide them through this blessed life. Enjoy!

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.

 

Also, check out “Back to Homeschool for Preschool Moms” on the Teach Them Diligently blog for even more tips and helps for homeschooling preschool. Click here to read that article now.

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Finding Homeschool Support

Finding Homeschool Support

Finding the right homeschool support is almost as important as knowing why you’re homeschooling in the first place. And, sometimes, even knowing where to look for that support proves to be a challenge.  If you are just starting on your homeschool journey, I hope you’ll find some good ideas for where to look for the support you need. If you are a veteran home educator, I hope you’ll purpose in your heart to look around and see the many ways you could bless those around you by using what God has put in your hands and offering that needed support to those who are starting after you.

Look to Those Who’ve Done It

When I was first considering homeschool as a young mom, I called a veteran home educator in our church to ask her what homeschooling was really like. This woman’s children were many years older than my own, and they were very accomplished in the way they handled themselves and interacted with both children and adults. This gave me confidence that home education could actually work as I was seeing it in action right in front of me.

One afternoon, this mom graciously spent more than an hour on the phone with me, answering my questions openly and honestly and painting a clear picture of what homeschooling looked like for her family. I was particularly intrigued that their schedule allowed them to take more than a month off from school at Christmas time each year so that their teens could work in the family business making fresh wreaths for the holidays. This idea of building flexibility into a school schedule was totally new to me. And, because she knew my children from church, my friend was also able to weigh in on learning styles and to give me some ideas to help my kids with the transition to learning at home. Of all the homeschool books I’ve read and the numerous speakers I’ve heard talk about home education, that single conversation with a friend and veteran homeschooler remains the most powerful and informative I have had.

Other Great Places To Get Support Along the Way

Outside of the special friend who can serve as a mentor and sounding board to you (and I pray that God sends you one of those, and then that you BECOME one of those,) there are a number of great places to find homeschool support along the way. God created us to live in fellowship with one another, so local groups, co-ops and associations are fantastic places to get connected and find support for your journey. Joining with local and even online groups can build lasting friendships and be a source of valuable help and encouragement along the way.

Local Homeschool Support Groups

Homeschool groups, like everything else in home education, are as varied as the people involved. Our family belongs to an academic co-op that has well over 500 students enrolled, but that same co-op started with just a few families meeting together at a home to do some classes and activities together. Field trip groups, enrichment groups, athletic groups, and others are available in many areas around the country. We have certainly been blessed by taking an active part in homeschool groups through the years, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to find one near you to get involved.

Can’t find a homeschool group in your area? Consider starting one yourself! The Teach Them Diligently Leadership Summit would be a great place to share ideas and get pointers from homeschool leaders in your area. Click here to learn more about this free event at Teach Them Diligently 2018.

Online groups can also serve as a great place to ask your questions and share ideas. We would love to have you join us in our Facebook Community and in one or more of our special Facebook groups. (All are remarkably drama free!) :)

Homeschool Support Events

Finally, taking time for personal education and enrichment is also an important way to get support along the way. I tell my children all the time that “you don’t know what you don’t know,” and that certainly becomes evident when you find yourself in a situation where there are a lot of resources and continuing education offered. Special events and conferences like the ones Teach Them Diligently produces offer an intensive dose of encouragement and equipping, often in a weekend. You will be amazed to find yourself among so many like-minded  families, and you will always leave energized, much more knowledgeable, and ready to jump right back into your homeschool journey.  Time and again we see that families who live in fellowship with others and attend homeschool events are much more likely to stay the course and continue on the path God has called them to.

The New Teach Them Diligently Blog Is A GREAT Resource To Help You On You Way!

Support. Strength. Encouragement. Resources. These are just a few of the words that sum up what our vision is for the new Teach Them Diligently blog. Our prayer is that this will become a go-to place for you to get great information about parenting, discipleship, marriage, homeschooling, and more and the support you need just when you need it. And, we’re assembling a great host of amazing writers to share their heart with you right here.

Check back regularly to hear from speakers, authors, homeschool veterans, bloggers, and more as well as regular content from Teach Them Diligently staff. You can be confident that the information published here will be gospel-centered and Biblically sound. We simply cannot wait to see how God will use this platform in the days ahead.

There are many other great homeschool blogs and resources as well. In fact, we just ran an article earlier this year that listed about 15 of the top homeschool blogs as voted by Teach Them Diligently families. You should definitely check them out as well! Click here to visit that post.

Want to learn a little more about the different elements of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Support offerings? Click on the links below

Is there a specific topic you would like to see us address in the days ahead on the Teach Them Diligently blog? How about a specific writer or speaker you would like to hear from? Leave us some feedback in the comments below. We want this platform to be built to serve you the best way we can.

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At long last, we are so excited to announce our first ever Teach Them Diligently top 15 homeschool blogs list as chosen by Teach Them Diligently families and fans. Many of these bloggers will be at our spring homeschool events, which will provide you a great opportunity to meet them and hear them share their heart in their sessions. This year your family can join us in Nashville, TN; Atlanta, GA; Rogers, AR; Mobile, AL; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Columbus, OH. We would love to see you there!

Now, without further ado, here is our Teach Them Diligently Top 15 Homeschool Blogger list 

 Hip Homeschool Moms–HipHomeschoolMoms.com

Hip Homeschool Moms is owned by Trish Corlew and Wendy Hilton and is one of the most Vibrant Communities for Homeschooling Families. Check out their website to find lots of information about Homeschooling, Family, and Deals and join the fun in their Facebook Group which boasts a membership of more than 24,000 homeschool moms (and maybe a dad or two!)

Special Gift for Teach Them Diligently Families:  Become an expert with these free insect note booking pages! 

Confessions of a Homeschooler– ConfessionsofaHomeschooler.com

Confessions of a Homeschooler is a homeschooling and parenting website authored by Erica Arndt. She offers tons of free printables, educational resources, ideas, and homeschool curriculum. She also shares crafting, DIY projects, recipes, home management tips and more! Feel free to drop by her site for some encouragement on your homeschooling journey and some practical tips to make your days run smoother!

Subscribe to her newsletter when you visit her site to receive Her Top 10 Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling.

 Raising Clovers—https://kristiclover.com

If you are looking for homeschool encouragement and advice, then be sure to check out Kristi Clover over at Raising Clovers.  The heart of Raising Clovers is to provide encouragement for Christian families and inspiration to find “simple solutions for a more joy-filled life.” From Kristi’s uplifting podcast, Simply Joyful, to her #HomeschoolHacks on Facebook Live every Friday at noon (PST), you’ll see her passion for helping families get organized so they can joyfully live out the life God has for them. Kristi is best known for her organizational tips. She is the creator of the Ultimate Homeschool Organization Course and is currently writing a book on home organization. Kristi also has a brand new book coming out in a few weeks called Homeschool Basics, co-authored with Tricia Goyer.

Kristi offers one of her books, Sanity Savers for Moms, away for free. You can get your free digital copy CLICKING HEREAnd, make sure you join Kristi at Teach Them Diligently in 2018.

 Not Consumed– NotConsumed.com

Not Consumed is a community devoted to helping families live #NotConsumed in life’s big and little circumstances through practical tips and resources for homeschooling, family life, and faith.

Check out Kim’s generous selection of free printables and content on her freebie page:

One of the favorite speakers at Teach Them Diligently each year, Kim will be joining us for all 6 events in 2018. Make your plans to join her there!

  Not Before 7– NotBefore7.com  

Not Before 7 is where Mary Wilson, a self-proclaimed homeschool night owl and iced tea addict, details her adventures in life and homeschooling. You can find her videos, tips, and thoughts about homeschooling. She loves the adventures that homeschooling brings from the everyday moments to the big ticket traveling fun! 

 Read aloud Revival—ReadAloudRevival.com

It’s hard to connect with our kids in today’s busy, noisy world, but reading aloud gives us a chance to be fully present. At the Read-Aloud Revival we have a program that equips and inspires parents to make meaningful and lasting connections with their kids through stories.

Check out their free book list here: https://amongstlovelythings.com/booklist/ 

1+1+1=1– www.1plus1plus1equals1.net

On 1+1+1=1, you will find many free printables for use in your classroom or homeschool, as well as much, much more.

Subscribe to Carisa’s newsletter to be sent freebies, updates, and more. Also, you can access her workshops from Teach Them Diligently events in our membership site, Teach Them Diligently 365.


Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers—https://www.weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com/


Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers is a blog for homeschool moms. It is full of bible studies, Encouragement, homeschool how to, and lots of other activities for your family.

 The Busy Mom—https://heidistjohn.com/

Heidi St John has delighted tens of thousands of readers through her blog, her Facebook page, and her books. Her transparent style and her rich sense of humor combine to draw her readers into what feels like a very personal conversation over a cup of coffee. Heidi’s ability to bypass our prejudices and preconceptions allows her to speak directly to the heart of every reader as she offers wisdom, inspiration, and grace to those who are all-too-often feeling overwhelmed by all that’s on their plate.   Click here for a free downloadable audio workshop from Heidi just for Teach Them Diligently families!

Teach Them Diligently 365 — https://teachthemdiligently.net/resources/365-membership/

Everyone bemoans the fact that Teach Them Diligently events only last a weekend. With Teach Them Diligently 365, you can get a sense of Teach Them Diligently 365 days a year. Offering access to all the audio sessions from Teach Them Diligently events 2013-2016, exclusive weekly video content from Leslie Nunnery and Teach Them Diligently speakers, monthly virtual video meetups to allow for fellowship and fun among the members, and private members-only events at Teach Them Diligently events, a membership in Teach Them Diligently 365 is a great way to stay focused and encouraged year-round as you pursue God’s plan for you. Sign up for a FREE webinar about how to create the perfect homeschool for your family and click here to get a free homeschool styles video series and chapter from How to Homeschool with Confidence.  Join Teach Them Diligently 365 today and use discount code 365MONTHLY5 to save 50% off the regular monthly membership rate.

Raising Arrows Large Family Homeschooling and Homemaking—https://www.raisingarrows.net/

 Amy Roberts is “Teaching moms everywhere to simplify the big things so they can enjoy the little things!” Click here for access to Amy’s session on the Perfect Homeschool Schedule as presented at Teach Them Diligently.

Simple Homeschool— http://simplehomeschool.net/

Never Let your schooling interrupt your Education

 

Proverbial Homemaker— http://www.proverbialhomemaker.com/

I’m Tauna! This is me: Jesus follower, wife, mom, homemaker, homeschooler, and writer at ProverbialHomemaker.com. 

Homeschool Creations— http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/

At Homeschool Creations, you’ll find free educational printables, helpful tips, and resources for families, encouragement for your homeschool journey, and a homeschool planner to help you get organized. Join Jolanthe at Teach Them Diligently 2018.

 

Free Homeschool Deals—http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/

Hi, I’m Jamerrill! I help families afford the homeschool life by providing the BEST homeschool freebies, deals, resources, & encouragement since 2012!

 

 Awe Filled Homemaker— https://awefilledhomemaker.com/

Laura Prater is a long time military spouse and her and her husband do a lot of Military outreach through their second website- www.awefilledveteranswife.com. Clay is diagnosed with PTSD and they have been very real and candid in sharing their struggles, triumphs, and hope only found in the Lord. They are busy also homeschooling their three boys who range in age from teen down to 8. Here at Awe Filled Homemaker, you will find encouragement for the homeschool mom, recipes, Bible Studies, and plenty of printables to encourage you in your homeschool and walk with the Lord. Teach Them Diligently families can get 1 item FREE in the Awe-Filled store! Click here- https://awefilledhomemaker.com/shop/ and use discount code BlogTTD2017 (ends December 1st.) Make sure you look for Laura at Teach Them Diligently 2018!

Simply Living for Him— http://simplylivingforhim.com/

Simply Living for Him exists to encourage living more simply as we pursue God above all else. Knowing our lives are a reflection of our hearts, Simply Living for Him promotes seeking Him more and the world less, in combination with simplifying life in practical ways. Join me on my journey to clear the clutter as I am simply living…for Him! I am a homeschooling mom sharing about my faith, family, hobby-farm life, and Jesus. I am also an author, speaker, and podcaster that loves sharing my journey with others- and I am all about keeping it real and authentic! Join me as I seek less of this world, and more of Jesus! Click here to get a free printable of  31 days of praying for your homeschool. Make your plans to join Karen at Teach Them Diligently 2018!

 The Unlikely Homeschool— http://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/

Faith-based encouragement for homeschool moms.  Although so blessed to be able to “train up my children” every day…to be the first one to witness the passing of monumental spiritual, physical, and educational milestones…there was a time, that the very idea of homeschooling seemed very unlikely…  Make your plans to join Jamie at Teach Them Diligently 2018!

All 18 of these websites, and the lovely ladies behind them, provide great resources for your family as you continue on your homeschool journey. We hope you’ll continue to follow the Teach Them Diligently blog as well as checking out some of these for encouragement and helps all year long. Then, make sure you don’t neglect to join us at Teach Them Diligently 2018 for the most power-packed 2 1/2 days of homeschool awesomeness you’ll ever experience. Register now using discount code TOPBLOGS2017 to save $7 off your family registration rate!! (offer expires November 3rd.)

 

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5 Tips for Visiting Campus

So your teen is ready for college! The days of unit studies, phonics and book reports have been replaced by scholarship hunts and admission counselors. You’ve read the fliers, searched the websites and talked about majors. Now it’s time for you and your teen to see it all in person.

Lots of colleges and universities have special weekends or open house events so you can see the college before enrolling. You can also plan a personal visit on your own. Whatever you decide, remember these tips for getting the most out of your campus visit:

5 Tips To Remember As You Visit Colleges

Take a campus tour

Your tour will probably be led by a current student who will show you landmarks, dorms, dining commons, classrooms and at least one coffee shop. (College students are rarely far from coffee!) This is a great time to ask questions and get a student’s perspective.

Visit classes

Take advantage of your chance to experience the learning environment your teen will be in. See what the professors are covering and how they interact with the students. Are they approachable? Are they excited about their subject? Be sure to note class size and any projects the class is working on.

Stay overnight

If the college offers overnight stays, encourage your teen to do it! They can ask their roommates questions and experience dorm life. Quite a few colleges require freshmen to live on campus, so make sure both you and your teen are comfortable with the environment.

Schedule one-on-one meetings

Finally, put a face to that admission counselor! Pick the brain of a financial aid expert! Ask an advisor about academic accommodations! These people are here to help you along and make the whole thing less daunting.

Ask lots of questions

  • Why should I choose this college?
  • How is college different from high school?
  • What is something that surprised you about college?
  • What do you like/dislike about this college?
  • What kinds of academic accommodations are available?
  • What’s the area surrounding campus like?

This is an exciting time for your family! It can be complex, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Remember, colleges have teams of trained experts waiting to answer your questions. So try not to stress, and have fun exploring your options!

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Bridget Nee is a writer for Bob Jones University, a Christian liberal arts university in Greenville, South Carolina. After navigating the journey through homeschool and college herself, she enjoys sharing her insights with other homeschool families to help make their experience fun and exciting.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

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