May 15, 2012

Homeschool Favourites

Getting Started in home education?  Want some idea of where to begin?
I was asked (via email) by two friends of mine a similar question.
And so, this post was born.

Six years ago, we began our own journey in home education.

The home school world was SO BIG.  And it still is.

We sought to keep things simple.

We tried to refrain from doing everything all at once.
Initially, we thought it was a good idea to stick with the basics.
As time went on on, we were able to add more things to our repertoire.

We also found that some things were not necessary,
and we discontinued them.  It was (and is) a process. :)

"When you Rise Up" is a *must read* for 
any Christian homeschool family.
If you are beginning your own homeschool journey,
I would encourage you to prayerfully read this book!  It is SO encouraging!

The LORD is Faithful.  If you belong to Him, He will guide you.
I found it very encouraging to know that there are many options.
It was also a comfort to realise that I could change from 
one curriculum to another, if necessary.

What a relief!  
And what a blessing!

A gracious friend allowed me to copy what she was doing with her children.

She gave me links and suggestions.
As you may (or may not) know, there are M.A.N.Y. ways to home educate.
No two home school families are carbon copies of each other.
And that is good.  Variety, after all, is the spice of life.

Over the years, I have gathered some of my own favourites.

You will find links to many of them within this post.
If you are just beginning, and you have young ones,
these are a few of the resources we use.

We have been thrilled with our elementary math program.
Professor B Math demystifies many of the concepts
I struggled with as a child.  Click Here to get to the home page of their site.

It, however, does not cover the *extras*

such as measurement, geometry and graphing.
Those aspects of the child's math program would need to be
taught by using supplementary resources.
We have not found this to be a problem at all.

Answers in Genesis seeks to defend the

Biblical account of creation from a scientific stand point.
We have found many of their resources to be such a great
blessing to our family over the years.

Click Here to view the Biblically sound Science curriculum we
have used for the elementary and junior high school years in our home.

I *love* this program for spellingIt's been such a blessing to know
that the children are kept on track by it.  And they learn to spell! :)

Emma Serl's Language Lessons for the elementary grades
truly are wonderful! We are enjoying them immensely.

Excellence in Writing is a terrific resource for those

who want their children to learn to write well.
It is something that I have turned to for each of our
children along this homeschool journey.
They have a variety of products at a variety of levels.

History lessons are a real pleasure with "The Story of the World"

by Susan Wise Bauer.  Click Here to find the first book of the series.
We all gathered around on the school room couch in the
early days and the children listened as I read.
I have happy memories of that
special time spent learning together.
She does include the legends and stories from various 
cultures from around the world ~ it's always best to be in tune
with what is going into your child's mind.
These books are a pleasure, but, they do require discernment.

If you are interested in reading a little of the

*why* behind our decision to home educate our children,
please Click Here.

And, if you are not just beginning,

and you are happy with what you are using....don't change!
Enjoy the benefits and blessings that come with continuing to use
what is working well for you! :)

Many Blessings,


**Disclaimer ~ I am not compensated in any 
way for these recommendations.
These products have been used successfully by us in our home,
and I delight in sharing them with you.


Junior said...

I will definitely be checking out some of your favorite curriculum. My little guy is 13 but because of his disabilities he is on a 1-3rd grade level depending on the subject. We use a variety of curriculum and I am always looking for new ways to help him learn. thanks so much for sharing this.

Camille said...

Dear Junior ~ I trust you will find something of benefit to you both! God truly is Good and HE will guide you each step of your journey. :)

Many Blessings,