I have not used it, but I am considering the McRuffy Language and Reading/Spelling and Phonics special edition color workbooks. They have secular versions available too. I have used and like both Evan Moor language arts stuff and Spectrum workbooks. From Evan Moor I like the Basic Phonics, Language Fundamentals and Vocabulary Fundamentals series. I also use Spelling Workout, not for spelling but for general language arts. For reading I like the Flash Forward Reading workbooks from Barnes and Noble. Our 8 yo really likes the way the Spectrum workbooks are arranged and he likes working through a physical workbook (not pages printed from an ebook), and the Spectrum workbooks are very affordable, so he will be using those for language arts next year instead of the Evan Moor ebook.
For science, Singaporemath.com has the My Pals Are Here series. I have the textbooks and the Homework book that has questions to answer. It doesn't require much hands on time to work through the questions, and hands on time for experiments can be added when time allows. I also like to read from the Real Science 4 Kids textbooks. They are "real science" but written in language for younger kids and have great pictures. Spectrum also has science workbooks but I have not used them yet. Evan Moor has "Daily Science" workbooks.
For history/geography I am just reading aloud from SOTW and I bought the book of tests and answer keys. I don't give tests but the test questions are good for a review of what we read, or they could be used as worksheets. I bought the history maps from Knowledge Quest to use with SOTW. I am not into hands-on history activities and this keeps it simple for me. Also Spectrum has geography workbooks.
For both history and science I have looked at the Odyssey series but I know I can't spend the time those would take right now. Same with Nebel's science. I have high hopes of being able to do these in a year or two but for now I need to streamline, and this works.
Originally Posted by zebrabelly
Previously we have been using a relatively Classical-ish approach with History Odyssey and REAL Science Odyssey. We have also done some unschooling and throwing other stuff in as fits us. However, as a WAHM who is newly single I'm finding I need to step back my time involvement in schooling two kids. We use Singapore Math and I'm really happy with that since the kids can sit down with it and get it done pretty much on their own. I'd love some recommendations for quality curricula that would work similarly - with worksheets or workbooks so the kids can work independently for a time. My kids will be in 4th and 1st grades next year and I'm hoping to find a good grammar/language arts program, and if it's also possible a history and science one which act more independently than the Odyssey ones.
Edited by PGTlatte - 4/12/11 at 5:23pm