I am entering into my fourth year of official homeschool. While still a fairly new member to this world, I have learned a lot in the past few years and I love to share what I have learned! I know how time consuming it can be to attempt to sift through the many resources and all of the information that is out there. If I can make that easier for you, then yay!
First of all, there is not one perfect curriculum and even if you use something once, you are not stuck with it forever. Each family, child, and circumstance is unique. That being said, I am going to share what has worked for our family specifically, as well as some more general resources that we love and that are full of many options for families!
I first discovered BFB while attending the owner, Rea Berg’s, Literature Soiree. The way she spoke about history as story, the interesting stories she knew, the way she spoke of literature immediately drew me in. I was finally able to purchase some of her books and curriculum this past year and immediately fell in love. BFB focuses on living history, which means NO TEXTBOOKS, but informational books told in story format that leave you longing to know more! They reprint out of print, classic, and unique literature from around the world. Truly a diverse and meaningful selection.
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This resource began as an instagram community. A place to share ideas and inspiration. From there, it added on a monthly subscription full of printables, articles, and more. I write for the newsletter quite often and was even part of their online conference. This fall, they will be offering seasonal bundles, which would be SO fun for kids. Celebrating the seasons as part of our schooling is something I want to get better at! We have the freedom to do it, so why not?! These bundles will definitely help me in that area!
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I will be starting my fourth year with MFW in the fall and can honestly say I have loved it. All-in-one curriculum isn’t for everyone, but this company is truly a gem. MFW is Bible based, Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum. You will eventually need to add in some language (you can use their language studies) and math (they have recommendations, but the history, bible, science, etc. is all included. What I love about this is that a schedule is set our for you (follow or change as you like) and everything is connected. This means, the poems, art, scripture, etc. relate to the history and science studies as you go, providing a very cohesive curriculum. Also, they provide excellent and thorough book lists!
I have only used RS for one year so far. It works very well for one daughter and is a little more difficult for another. However, the child that is struggling jumped right into level B as she was older. I think this curriculum works best if you start at Level A and build from there. It is a lot of money up front, but then you are pretty much set . . . forever. HA! I have found the teaching in it to be excellent and I love the use of manipulatives and games. It is more time intensive since it is not merely worksheets, but I am trusting that it is worth it. To be honest, math is my least favorite subject, but I am enjoying the process of learning with my kids. One of my friends is actually a Right Start Math Tutor! Another program I hear good things about is Math U See.
I used their curriculum with my firstborn and we had a lot of fun. It could be a great introduction into the world of homeschool. I have heard Jennifer Pepito speak and I really appreciate all she says and shares. She has numerous studies available now, so check them out.
A wonderful resource for book lists and more!
Homeschool conference, podcast, book, subscription, and online inspiration!
I hope this list is helpful! You can follow me @bloom.wild.schoolhouse on instagram for more recommendations!