Some people choose to fly by the seat of their pants, gathering together resources as they go and using the world around them as a daily teaching tool. Others embrace the security and structure of a curriculum which provides them with peace of mind and an easy to follow schedule.
If the latter sounds like you–or perhaps you’re still in the process of finding out what your homeschooling style is–the first thing to know is that there’s a wide variety of options available.
Many parents enjoy the customization of choosing a separate curricula for each subject (math, reading, etc.) but others love the ease of a complete curriculum, which can provide all (or most) subjects in one neat package.
If the idea of a complete homeschool package is music to your ears, check out these four unique picks that might be just right for the coming school year:
Oak Meadow. If you’re on the hunt for a truly refreshing take on homeschooling, Oak Meadow is worth looking into. They offer a secular, child-centered homeschool package, as well as a distance learning program.
Check out the Oak Meadow section in this year’s homeschooling guide for more information and guidance on Oak Meadow’s options.
Book Shark. This complete curriculum spans 36 weeks, 4 days per week and is designed to be easy to teach, even for those just starting out with homeschool.
From Book Shark, “BookShark is a complete, literature-based, homeschool curriculum developed for Pre-K to Age 16 students. Our curriculum uses a variety of educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization.”
Calvert. Offering a complete curriculum, along with individual courses and unlimited support from trained and certified teachers, this may be an excellent choice for those looking for a truly comprehensive homeschool package.
From Calvert, “Each easy-to-use, complete grade-level package combines the best classroom-tested materials, teacher-created, step-by-step Lesson Manuals, engaging online resources, and proven educational methodologies all in one complete, meticulously planned curriculum that guides you through each day of homeschooling with easy-to-use lesson plans.”
Steps. This unique approach to home education looks at ages rather than grade levels, offering a wide variety of subjects for even the youngest students.
From Steps, on their youngest learning level “History, science, creative writing, life and study skills for very young students. Yes! Your 5-6 year-old can learn all of these subjects, while developing reading skills, vocabulary, and even creative and critical thinking skills!”
Important note: Oak Meadow is the sponsor of our homeschooling guide, but our opinions about their highly respected homeschooling program are our own.