Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

Choose homeschool curriculum reviews that help you decide which home school materials are best for your family.

There are so many options available to buyers today that it can be quite overwhelming when trying to decide between free, online, traditional or unit study options.

We have all heard of the Christian "Big Guys" such as ABeka, Bob Jones, and Alpha Omega as well as secular publishers like Saxon, Scholastic, and Teaching Textbooks.

Also, there are others who are not as well known to prospective buyers eager to spend their dollars. So, how do you sift through all the choices and make a good decision? 

Homeschool curriculum reviews are available online, within books, and Amazon searches. After you find a review, what are the most useful aspects to look for in a review? 

How to Review Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

I created this list of key features to look for as you research the various educational programs for your family. 

  • Cost – some of us may have unlimited funds, but for most of us we will have to consider the price of certain resources. 

I remember being stunned when I heard of many home schoolers buying a certain reading program for their kindergartners that was over three hundred dollars for flash cards and worksheets which I was unwilling to do! But to "each his own."

  • Appearance – this may seem odd or unimportant but, trust me when I say, some of my children have been drawn to or unimpressed by the color and design of certain resources. For example, a colorful math workbook is much more appealing than a dreary black-and-white with very little pictures.
  • Other Opinions – no one is suggesting that you must do what everyone else is doing or using within their homes, but it can be useful to see or read comments from others. However, you may find that your children have totally different tastes than other children.  

Once we had a situation where the current "hot resource" for teaching Spanish was a program that my children and I absolutely hated because of the content of their reading selections. None of it was relatable to our children's life at all. 

  • World Views – find out whether the resource teaches from a Christian vs. secular worldview. Is it patriotic or not in its opinions? Does it uphold creationism or evolution? Does it support conservative or liberal political values? 

Most times you will want a resource/publisher that is a complement to your personal beliefs unless you are planning to refute what is presented.

  • Homeschooling Style – you will have to choose between materials that appeal to your teaching style and your child's learning style. Will you select unit studies vs. traditional textbooks vs. online studies?
  • Degree of Difficulty – decide if the level of difficulty for a specific resource is adequate, too much or not enough. The material needs to be sufficiently challenging, but not too difficult for a student to complete on his own after given instructions.
  • Length of Time – does the book(s) require more preparation and instructional time than you have available? For example, if the best unit study requires frequent trips to used bookstores in search of obscure supplements and you don't own a car or have two small children, then that great resource is probably not the best one for you.

As you read books and online homeschool curriculum reviews consider these key factors in deciding whether a particular home school resource is the best fit for your family.

Let them serve as a guide for you, but ultimately the choice is yours. 

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