One very common question among homeschoolers is “where do I find the best curriculum?”
There is not one curriculum that’s the best. There is only the curriculum that’s the best fit for your child. This is why I don’t think anybody can tell you what the best curriculum is, because it may not fit your child at all. So, one of the things you want to be thinking about is what has worked for your in the past because that’s the kind of thing that’s likely to be a successful curriculum in the future.
The other thing you want to be thinking about, especially during the high school years, is whether the curriculum was made for homeschoolers. The reason this is important is because there’s a lot of curriculum out there, even sold at homeschool conventions, that was originally developed for public and private high school teachers. These books assume that you are in a classroom setting and includes lots of repetition. It also assumes that the teacher knows the subject. This means if you were to buy a French book that was intended for a public school French teacher, it would assume you know French.
In contrast, if you buy curriculum that is intended and written for homeschoolers, it’s going to assume that you know nothing. It will assume that you don’t know the subject and that your child doesn’t know the subject. This is how you get through, especially those difficult subjects like chemistry, physics or algebra. You will want to choose a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers and this will help you be much more successful.
I have a suggestion for you if are looking for curriculum for the very first time and you have no idea where you are going to start or what you are going to do. Usually, I point people to Sonlight curriculum because I find that it has the best hand-holding and can help you kind of ease in to a homeschool curriculum a little bit. So, if you are completely flummoxed and you don’t have a clue where to start, look at Sonlight curriculum. Other than that just make sure that your curriculum choices are made for homeschoolers.
If you’re a homeschooled teen, or a parent of a home schooled teen, then this book may be of interest to you. Or maybe… you’re a teen who has been in a public or private school, and now your parent is considering homeschooling you? And just think, what if it was your junior year of high school no less?? And what if it meant leaving your longtime school friends?? In this book, Lisa Dunlop writes a story about a girl, named Elizabeth, in just this situation. Lisa herself was homeschooled for 9 years, and is currently taking college correspondence courses. She lives with her mother, father, brother and two cats in Tampa, FL.
As explained in the book, “Throughout Lisa’s years of homeschooling she has watched the many changes which new homeschooled teens go through, often from surly, mistrustful teens to happy, talkative young adults. Her desire to help homeschoolers led her to writing this book in the hope it will encourage both parents and teens.”
This is an easy book to read of only 107 pages, which is interesting, and truly does encourage any teen that may be looking at possibly homeschooling in their future. In her book, Lisa also has given her address for anyone who would like to contact her to ask her questions, or to have her speak at their curriculum fair, seminars, or homeschool meetings.
Homeschooling your teens can be one of the best things you can ever do for them!!!! One day they’ll thank you!
Finding a good history curriculum for high school was one of the greatest challenges I faced when I was being homeschooled. It seemed like most of the good history books stop at the Civil War or World War II. What about modern history? It’s hard to find a history book from a Christian perspective about modern history. Have you run into this problem, too? This difficulty has been overcome with a high school history curriculum from Notgrass Company. Exploring America by Ray Notgrass is an amazing curriculum that is exciting as well as educational. It begins with Christopher Columbus and ends at the present time. Each day is broken up into short concise lessons.
Sometimes history books seem to make the exciting events sound like nothing more than boring facts, Mr. Notgrass has an engaging writing style that makes the events come to life. There are also daily assignments that encourage the students to dig deeper. Sometimes they will read a document, speech, or hymn from American Voices, which is a 400+ page companion book that comes with the curriculum. Other times they will look up relevant Bible verses and also memorize verses. Writing assignments (including writing a research paper) are also part of the assignments. Students who finish the course will have three credits, one in history, one in English, and one in Bible. How’s that for hitting 3 birds with one stone?
This book is essential for every high school student and will give them the tools to take an in-depth look at American history from a Biblical perspective. If you are looking for a really good American history high school curriculum look no further. Exploring America has filled a big gap in the history curriculum for homeschoolers. Exploring America is the best high school curriculum for American history I have ever seen! I wish it had been around when I was in high school.
Exploring America by Ray Notgrass
Reviewed by Amy Puetz