As we wind down this school year and look ahead to next year, I have some new favorites to add to our curriculum. I have put together a list below with lots of goodies I have shared over the years with some new favorites mixed in! We haven’t used every single one, but those I have listed have been recommended highly.
My high schooler used Sonlight 300 this year for 10th grade and we LOVED it. In the early years we felt it was a bit much and never tried again, but now has been a perfect time for us. She takes the weekly schedule and makes sure to complete by Friday (she doesn’t necessarily follow each day, but just completes the five days by Friday.) We only used History and Literature and did do some tweaking, but stuck mostly to the schedule.
So Sonlight has become a new favorite.
Here is our BIG list of favorites and recommended resources with some newly updated additions as well!
A Is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis (excellent resource!)
(one of my favorite read alouds- with Christian themes)
YWAM Books– our very favorite was George Mueller
Imagination Station Series – Adventures in Odyssey –(historical fiction)
The Hedge of Thorns (Rare Collector’s Series) or any Lamplighter books
Sierra Jensen Collection (my daughter read through these several times!)
Through Peril and Sword (Soldiers of the General Book 1) (written by a teenage homeschooler!)
Hinds’ Feet on High Places ( I love this book!)
High School Reading (newly updated!)
(these are our favorites from Literature/History and Bible Sonlight 300)
Other Curriculum for all ages:
Apologia– Hands down, best science for us. We have completed several in the elementary series, and this year my daughter is using the middle school level General Science course. We enjoy the activities throughout each lesson, as well as the notebook activities. Apologia is a top-notch company that I respect immensely. They bring it home to God each lesson, and it is Bible-based.
Polished Cornerstones– This is a very large book from Doorposts that my daughter has been using for a few years. It is worth the investment. It is essentially a Bible study and character curriculum with numerous topics and activities for each age level. There is also a boy version (Plants Grow Up) which we have not used yet.
Math U See– We’ve been using Math U See for many years and my children all have done well with it. I love that the DVD’s teach the lessons, and then I can help my child as needed. I also have high respect for Steve Demme, the writer of the curriculum, not just for his math books, but his heart for ministry and families.
Language Lessons from Sandi Queen– These little gems are perfect for our family in teaching language. Each Charlotte Mason style workbook has short lessons that teach just enough without creating a ton of busywork. We have really enjoyed this series for all levels.
A Child’s Geography– Written by An Voskamp, these geography books are fascinating for the kids and for me 🙂 We’ve completed the first book in this series.
Truthquest History Guide: American History for Young Students Volume 1– Our family used this during our studies of American History, and I actually miss those years. Truth Quest provides a book list for each unit that exposed us to so many great pieces.
Explode the Code– We’ve used all levels from pre-reading up to reading comprehension and my kids have always looked forward to these books. I was able to teach them all to read through these books alone in the early years.
Handwriting Without Tears Nothing helped my lefty, who-learns-differently- son better than this handwriting curriculum!
Favorites for Homeschool Moms
Educating the WholeHearted Child — by Clay and Sally Clarkson
Oh, I am so thankful this gem came into my life. I had never even heard of it as a new homeschooling mom, but there it was on sale at CBD.com, so on a whim, I bought it. Best.purchase.ever. I have read that book practically once a year, marked it up, and recommended it to so many friends. It is a must have.
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
This book gave me the confidence to use the Bible as our main textbook last year. I am so grateful for the inspiration in this book, the wisdom, and the truth that pointed me to the most important things I wanted to teach in my homeschool.
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