For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been collecting what readers here at Mama’s Learning Corner consider to be the best homeschool curriculum.
You know – it’s that curriculum that you just wouldn’t even dream of giving up!
My goal was to provide a resource for the middle of the year when we need to change a particular curriculum, but we don’t know what to change to.
If and when this happens to you, make sure you bookmark this page and revisit it for fresh ideas!
To find out homeschool curriculum favorites, I questioned my faithful email subscribers. You’ll find the results below!
Want to chime in with your own tried-and-true best homeschool curriculum? Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add it to the post!
♥ NOTE: You’ll find the the majority of readers here at Mama’s have children from birth through 3rd or 4th grade. If you have a a child in those age ranges and are looking for something new-to-you, you’re in the right place!
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Best Homeschool Curriculum
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Five in a Row has been our staple! I love it.
Secondly, All About Reading was such an enjoyable way to teach reading to my now first grader 🙂
Right now for English I love A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian education)
Master Books, I wish I would have found them from the beginning. I love all their curriculums in all subjects.
LOVE…LOVE…LOVE!!! Both my kids have different learning styles but still love their curriculums.
I feel very strongly that we have found the best for us in Veritas Press online History and Literature, Bible Study Fellowship for Bible, Saxon for math, Apologia for Science, A Reason for Handwriting, Explode the Code for phonics both the work books & online, Spelling power. I am insecure in our English – grammar – writing choice.
We are loving Trail Guide to Learning this year! The read aloud books are very engaging, and the curriculum flows wonderfully.
My favorite curriculums to use are My Father’s World, Singapore Math and The Reading Lesson.
I love, love the Reading Lesson and taught both of my boys how to read using it. I am a licensed ESL and reading teacher so I recommend this book. It has 20 lessons of roughly 10 or more phonics and whole instruction approach that includes patterns and concepts learned with adorable pictures and fun stories to practice the concepts. Can be started as early as 3, but best for 4 year olds and up who show readiness to read.
My Father’s World can be pricey, but is worth it. To me, its’ strongest component is the gentle, yet effective approach to learning. Yes, it is a Bible-based curriculum, but it also emphasizes safe books, is family-friendly and multiple children can be taught at the same time. It is a fun curriculum that includes hands-on activities, the arts, note booking, Charlotte Mason style learning and living books as well. Their kindergarten (can be used for Pre-K or strong preschooler) and their first grade curriculums are precious and include all subjects!
Lastly, Singapore Math is working so far with my sons. The pictures are kid friendly and the curriculum is very challenging. If you are super weak in math or need answers to the practice problems/lessons, this math program may not work for you. However, it is a strong program that does review and spiral back so as to revisit past math concepts. It also includes the metric system and is quite affordable.
Life of Fred and Queen Homeschool, also Apologia.. it just makes my kids happy which makes me a happy mama!
I love teaching my students about snow, winter, hibernation and all the fun themes that involve the cold months. I try to turn my classroom into a wintry scene from projects, crafts, and books that we read. My favorite author to read is Jan Brett.
I use Abeka. I like it because it’s a Christian curriculum, and I also like how all the subjects work together. The themes mix and complement each other. For example, your spelling words will show up in your reading/phonics work, or even math/science stuff.
Additionally, I like how Abeka is heavy on phonics and reading. Your child will definitely be an excellent reader!!
Last, the math is great. There are new skills taught each week, but the daily work always includes old skills so you’re constantly reviewing!
There are SO many good curriculums. The best one is the one that works for YOUR child. (And it may be different for each one).
That being said, All About Press, Handwriting without Tears, Apologia science, Math U See and Story of the World are fantastic.
All move at the child’s pace, have lots of hands-on options, and are enjoyed by my kiddos.
I have a feeling we just started it but it might be too early to say! Right Start Math seems to be going well for us. And we began using Konos unit studies this year! The flexibility is wonderful. My four year old knows facts about Helen Keller as a byproduct of listening while playing!
We LOVE All About Reading and Spelling and Math U See. For us, there’s no other program we’d use in their place.
Memoria Press — all the heavy lifting has been done for me, and it works for our family. (7 years strong — from preschool to 6th grade)
Sonlight Curriculum we love it so much. It’s so well laid out/planned and we love the living books…the snuggle time on the couch…and the lack of tests is a great benefit.
Our favorite curriculum is Homeschool in the Woods because it is very easy to use, affordable for our budget, and contains more projects than necessary for getting an in-depth understanding of the topic. My daughter loves the projects and even does extra projects beyond what I assign simply because she wants to.
She loves how each unit comes with a game or party idea at the end of the unit.
One other curriculum we love is Brave Writer. My daughter hated writing last year but now that she has fun projects like code writing and homophones books – and she loves this! Little does she know how much creative writing she is doing! She loves having weekly tea parties to read poetry (Tuesday is a standard Tea Time in our house) and having free-write Fridays to work on a book she is writing.
We love the flexibility with the program and how there is not worksheet after worksheet to complete.
Heart of Dakota 💕💕💕💕 We have used it since the beginning and I can’t imagine anything else! The kids and I have learned sooooo much!!!
We like k12 it keeps us on track and accountable for what needs to be done.
It also has had some biblical lessons in it just love it.
This year we are loving Good and Beautiful for language arts, Mathematical Reasoning and Life of Fred for math, Noeo Science for biology, and Notgrass From Adam 2 Us for history!
I really like funschooling journals with library books, Story of the World and the books (but not the schedule) from Sonlight.
Apologia for science. Ace for grammar, Life of Fred for math..
We are enjoying My Father’s World for a well rounded curriculum. We also like Math U See for math.
I use ABeka Academy. My son is in the eighth grade and he can watch the DVD which is a classroom with the teacher so it takes a lot of the stress off of me and I have time to do more things. He really enjoys it and can get done quicker than when I was teaching.
I’m still very involved but it gives him more responsibility and we don’t get as tired of each other. He’s 14 years old and it works for us!
Five in a Row. Because we love to read!!
What is the best curriculum you use in your homeschool?
Leave a comment with your favorites!
We’re loving America’s Story from Master Books this year! We also love Christian Light Education for math and Story of the World.
Great suggestions! Thank you, Melinda! xo
We have found that no particular group of curriculum producers has nailed it, so we have used mixing and matching that is appropriate for our children. That means Son light for Bible, History, and some language arts. Math-u-see. Excellence in Writing. Berean Builders for science. Abeka for health, art, and PE.
Yes, I’ve pieced curriculum together for many years, trying to get just the right fit for each child. It can be difficult, can’t it?!
I’ve never looked at Abeka for health and PE ideas. Great suggestion!
We love Christian Light Education.
Oh we do, too! We used their reading for levels 3 and 5 and it was excellent and just the right amount of work and exposure to literary elements. I’ve also used their Bible curriculum sporadically.
I do wish I had known about their math in the beginning of my homeschool days. I think it would have made our math journey easier if I’d used it from the beginning! My girls are using Rod and Staff Math now, which is a good fit for them, but CLE’s Light Unit format is so appealing. 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! 🙂
The Logic of English and Math U See for my kinesthetic learner.
I’ve never used LOE, but I’ve heard great things about it!
I appreciate you leaving your favorites. It’s always helpful to see what other moms use and what types of learners they fit best!
Wow! Nobody has mentioned IEW?! Greatest for grammar, writing and thinking classically. They are Christian based. They have many other good, solid curriculum materials for all ages. All ages! Strong, strong, clear direction in writing is given in certain and delightful ways in a particularly great program fir writing called “ Structure abd Style”. The CD or online teaching set helps every grade level. Beautiful investment!
Love the Easy Peasy and Teaching Textbooks ideas too!
Another unspoken gift in homeschooling curriculum is The Mystery of Hostory. Best history curriculum out there if you want your children to grow up with Christ’s History ( His Story…) in their hearts and minds. The truth! All ages can use and minimum prep necessary for mom! Bite size assignments. Very simple but rich.
( I end with a funny story: at a Christmas party, a woman introduced herself to me in this way:” Hi I am Wendy, and I am a recovering curricula- holic”! We all get it don’t we?
Colleen, these are great suggestions! Thank you for leaving them for others to find! 🙂
We used IEW for a period of time, and their KWO just can’t be beat! We’ve carried that through to other writing curricula. I’ve never used MOH, but I know others use and love it!
And YES I totally get the curricula-holic! Ha!
What will forever live on my shelf after 22 years:
Mystery of History
Apologia elementary sciences
Explode the Code(1st-2nd grade)
And we love ctcmath.com, especially now that we have more printable options.
I have a hard time finding truly secular homeschool resources. Could you possibly compile your best known sources for the family that wishes to keep religion to religious history?
We sort of fell into the field of homeschooling. It started off with entertainment for my roommate’s little girl. She loved listening to music so we did youtube videos like abc123, silly songs and little baby bum. Then Abcmouse had some songs. I went to the website and did a 3 month trial. The little one loved it and it was great for her, she was doing abcmouse so much she finished the first 3 levels within a very short time. We used it exclusivy up until last year when she was clearly bored with it. She kept wanting something more. I looked around and we tried a few different ones. We settled on Time4Learning and she started on it and loves ir. She just graduated from the first grade and started working on the 2nd grade. She loves the program and enjoys the science and social studies the best. It is very reasonably priced too.
My son really struggled with reading and writing in public school, K and 1st grade. Decided to try homeschooling for his 2nd grade I used Learning Language Arts Through Literature and he now loves to read and write, in fact he’s always writing his “own” books all by himself. LLATL was God sent. The content of the books are wonderful with good morals, if you’re a Christian and care what your kids are being taught. I also love Saxon for Math. Story Of The World for History.
You know where my heart is — Memoria Press!