Since I have been homeschooling as long as I have, I often get asked if I currently use any curriculum and which ones I have tried. I am always a little hesitant to give on the spot reviews because sometimes people are just looking to sign up for anything I recommend only because I recommended it. If you are looking to try out a curriculum or supplemental program, reviews can be helpful but you really need to look into any of the programs a little more in depth on your own to see if they would be right for you and your child.
How do you know if a program is right for both of you? Look at it on your own. Check out the demos or if there are no demos online see if there is someone local who has it and would let you review it. Does it excite YOU? Is it something you would want to implement and help your child with as a parent? Have your child look at it. Does it excite them? Are they open to trying it? Does it fit their learning style? Finally, and at least to me, this is most important part, are you willing to modify it as much as you may need to in order to keep in interesting and worthwhile. If either of you hate it, there will be no learning happening. The last thing you need is to create a struggle! With this in mind, always check to see if the company offers any sort of money back guarantee. I most often see them offered for 30 days after receipt.
We are living in a time where technology has really pushed the envelope of how we can learn and what is available. In addition to the traditional textbooks and teachers there are video courses, downloadable pdfs, interactive programs, etc. Instead of going further into what I have and haven't tried I wanted to direct you to one of my favorite sites for resources and supplemental materials for anything my kids want to learn about.
The Homeschool Buyer Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from hundreds of educational suppliers. The Co-op also sponsors "GroupBuys" for curriculum packages that can save homeschooling families lots of money. On the site you'll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships.
They run different specials every month at a fraction of the retail price. What they have available is pretty comprehensive. Before you buy they give you links to the websites for each product so you can check them out more thoroughly before you decide. You can even set the discount percentage the GroupBuy has to reach before you would consider purchasing.
The site is easy to navigate and they even give you a preview of future GroupsBuys along with the added feature of signing up for reminders of when the upcoming GroupBuy starts. Don’t forget to check out the Freebies and Resources sections as well. I must also mention that membership qualifies you for discounts at Academic Superstore!
I would also recommend this site for anyone who wants to supplement their child’s education over the summer. You never know, you may just enjoy it so much that you decide to do it full time come September!
Click here for more information.
I am now realizing that my timing may have been a little off with most people's homeschooling year when I asked for submissions for "I'm a teen and I homeschool!" I know that in our household we were already working on finishing up projects, putting together portfolios and completing standardized testing. I did want to put out a call once again for submissions now that you all have completed your year.
I am also entertaining the idea of changing the feature to be more inclusive of ALL teens! If you have a teen that would like to make a submission but doesn't homeschool, I'd be more than happy to change the focus of this. That page is available for all of YOU so I will cater it to whatever submissions I receive. Don't be shy ;-)
If you would like to see your teen added it’s simple! Send me a photo, a short (or long) description that your teen has written about who they are and what they like to do, any website, etsy shop, youtube channel, story they have written and anything else they want included. I will not only post it on my site but your teen will also have their story sent to all of my blog subscribers!
Here are some ideas of what your teen can include in their description of themselves:
Photo or any other picture they would like to use to represent themselves – as long as you own the copyright to it, please!
City and/or State
What they love to do most
Classes they take anywhere that they love
Sports they enjoy
Music they have written
A short video of themselves
A website or page where they show off what they like to do
A website or page where they sell things they create
…. The possibilities are endless!
Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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