I remember when my oldest daughter was little and I let her “choose” her clothes. Oh my! It could take HOURS! I love having choices, and giving my kids choices, but when it comes to homeschool curriculum I want input! I want to hear from the “experts” and those who’ve already used what I’m looking at. It can be confusing with all the options out there. I’d like to encourage you to ask questions of other homeschoolers when you’re looking for that right choice. And if you need a great go-to guide – check out Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum.
Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curriculum. She has reviewed hundreds of homeschool curricula to help educators like me make an educated decision when shopping for homeschool curriculum. So as soon as I see a product has been approved by Cathy Duffy, I am more likely to trust it. Here’s a handful of Cathy-approved educational picks available at Educents.com. I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you from endless hours of shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.
Elementary Math & Science
If you haven’t heard of Life of Fred, you’re in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn’t resonate: learners follow the Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don’t even know they’re learning math until they’re told!
Each book has a topic, like Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. I recommend supplementing math learning with science of social studies of the same topic!
This ties in with the second Life of Fred book so well! With the set little ones can learn about (and experience!) the miracles of metamorphosis. Available at Educents for $35.99.
Elementary Reading & Writing
I can’t say enough for story-based learning. It’s one of the oldest ways we’ve learned from each other – starting with fables that teach us to be good to one another.
Grammaropolis is a great tool for K-3rd grade learners on their quest for perfect English grammar, which isn’t always straight forward! This set comes with animated shorts, music videos, books and quizzes, so you’ve got a lot of learning styles covered.
Price: $40, down from $50
Middle School Math
I really can’t say enough about the Life of Fred series! Kids learning algebra and beyond will enjoy the stories and learn the concepts through holistic learning. If your learner is new to Fred but at a more advanced level, it has been recommended that they start from the beginning. That said, re-learning a few known concepts in the Life of Fred framework will help them get up to speed with story and succeed with the series.
Price: $34.08 down from $38 at Educents.
As your kiddos get older you may also like to instill strong financial decision making. The Life of Fred Financial Choices book is a great intro. And if we’re being honest, there’s never a bad time time for parents to brush up on this!
Price: $15.99 down from $19.99
Middle School Social Studies
Comprehensive comprehension: this world history and social studies packet is an excellent kick off to middle school studies. Created for 6th graders, this set lays the groundwork for students to become active citizens by learning about US history and politics, and encouraging learners to understand real ways they can participate, and how it matters.
The package also includes a teacher’s guide for every chapter, lesson plans, audio podcasts on each subject, and editable tests with answer keys: it really sets everyone up for success!
Science for the Family
Summer is a great time to get the whole family involved with experiments to foster learning and family bonding!
This set comes with four science kits at $16 (a $35 savings) with topics covered:
- Weather – learn about rainbows, tornadoes, the greenhouse effect and more.
- Going Green – learn about recycling, compost, and making new paper out of old!
- Solar Energy – watch solar energy inflate balloons and spin a top
- Wonders of Nature – build and ant hill, dissolve an egg shell, do an animal tracks exercise
Price: $63 down from $100
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