A Few of My Favorite Homeschool Things
Now that I’ve regained my composure somewhat and realized that it’s a hypothetical choice since no one will really be confiscating my books (Lord willing!), I’m pretty confident about my answer. Bible notwithstanding since that goes without saying, my favorite homeschool resource is . . .
Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson. It’s one I return to again and again for inspiration and encouragement. It’s the book that reminds me why I’m homeschooling in the first place. If I could put everything I love about homeschooling into one book, this would be it. Everything I believe — that homeschooling is a way of life, that we do it for the glory of God first and foremost, that the whole family participates, that quality literature is an essential foundation of all subjects, that character building is as important as knowledge building — it’s all in there. It was the first “homeschooling” book I read when Big Sis was 4 years old and I still recommend it to everyone.
As far as actual textbooks or curricula, the list is varied. Here are my top picks by subject:
We have really enjoyed the Apologia elementary science series by Jeannie Fulbright. The notebooks can be purchased separately and are really worthwhile, too! This science resource takes a Charlotte Mason approach, which we like.
Our choice for math is Math Mammoth. Simple to use, inexpensive, clear mastery-building concepts.
For language arts, we’ve used a literature study approach. At different times we’ve used Five in a Row (FIAR) and just studied quality writing to learn the parts of speech, spelling, and punctuation. Big Sis has always taken her own initiative for creative writing so that has never been an issue for us, thankfully.
History is another subject we have studied with living books. Reading biographies, historical fiction, and watching documentaries has given Big Sis a well-rounded view of history. Field trips to historic sites are a great way to supplement, too! We plan to start getting more specific this coming year by adding in a timeline and using Heart of Dakota curriculum as our guide.
One of our favorite ways to study any book, topic, or basic concept is through lapbooking. We have used lapbooks from In the Hands of a Child, A Journey Through Learning, Homeschool Share, and Amanda Bennett. You can find lots of those resources at Currclick.
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