When we first started homeschooling, we were overwhelmed by all the different types of curricula. That was back in 1999, and the number of options available now can make any new homeschooling family feel nervous and unsure. Luckily, the Internet allows us to research them with ease. We’ve done our best to list all the different types of curricula, as well as provide links or contact information to review specific brands that fit those categories. If you have a favorite curriculum you’d like to share, or if you are a company that would like to sponsor us for a link back to your curriculum, please contact us.
Complete curriculum kits provide homeschoolers with a full set of learning tools. The sets usually come with textbooks, workbooks, teacher manuals, scope and sequence and may also include additional resources that are specific to a grade level. These kits usually provide a schedule and day to day plans.
Charlotte Mason was a 19th-century educator who believed that education should be based on great literature and the arts. Students would use living books instead of textbooks.
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“Classical education depends on a three-part process of training the mind. The early years of school are spent in absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves. This classical pattern is called the trivium.”
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Correspondence schools allow students to complete lessons via mail or online (see online curricula). Books and exams would be mailed to the student. The lessons would be completed and sent to the school for grading.
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Don’t be surprised, but there are free curricula available! They are greatly appreciated by many families that can’t afford to purchase the higher priced books. Much of the free curricula are put together by homeschooling parents that wish to share their methods and ideas. Some of them are offered by larger companies or corporations. If you are searching for other free homeschooling resources, please see our resources section.
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High school can be a stressful time and planning your child’s high school career can be a daunting task. Many people send their children to a brick & mortar school during those years because they are afraid that they can’t handle the challenge. You can! Homeschooling through high school is not as scary as it seems and there are many resources to help you along the way.
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Online curricula can be convenient and easy to use. Online curriculum sources may offer a complete subject bundle, or they may only offer 1 or 2 subjects. You will have the option to use your curriculum while on the go. Keep in mind that this will require Internet access.
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Many families find that their children prefer using textbooks or workbooks in their homeschooling adventures. Textbooks can offer a way to make sure the student is covering all necessary material for their grade level. Workbooks provide more practice and time for independent work.
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Unit studies allow families to pick a topic of interest and learn about it in an engaging way. They are sometimes known as thematic units or integrated studies.
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“Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on an understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child.”
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“Waldorf Education: An Introduction.” Why Waldorf Works. Web. June 26, 2015.
Bauer, Susan M. “What is Classical Education.” Well-Trained Mind. Web. June 26, 2015.