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Top rated books
These books are the most read, and the most recommended by other homeschoolers. I have not read them all myself, and depending on what you want your homeschool to look like, some of these may not be a good read for you. I suggest doing a search of the title’s reviews, and/or a quick book summery prior to purchasing so you don’t waste your money on something you won’t enjoy. For suggestions on books to use in your lessons, and books for the kiddos, check out the bottom of the many theme pages on this site, or click HERE!
- The Well-Trained Mind – by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer
- The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life – by Julie Bogart
- Home Learning Year by Year – by Rebecca Rupp
- Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace – by Sara MacKenzie
- Educating the Whole Hearted Child: A Handbook for Christian Home Education – by Clay Clarkson and Sally Clarkson
- Dumbing Us Down – by John Taylor Gatto
- For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School – by Susan Macaulay
- 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Your Child’s Learning Style, and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Each Child’s Learning Style – by Cathy Duffy
- How Children Learn – by John Holt
Top rated curriculums
These are the most popular curriculum options currently, as of 2021. Research them well before commenting. Whether or not they will work for you depends on your choice of method, age/grades you’re looking for, lifestyle, what you want your homeschool to look like, and other factors. Take all factors into consideration before committing to a curriculum to avoid issues; such as wasting money and/or time trying to buy and locate everything; or any other issues. Some homeschoolers prefer a book, paper, sitting at a desk style of teaching. A lot of others enjoy using a more fun approach with hands on, on the move educating. Remember, even if you are using the same curriculum as a fellow homeschooler, the way you run your homeschool and teach might be much different. Some of these curriculums don’t leave much room for you to choose just any style of teaching you prefer, but for the most part, it doesn’t matter how you teach; there is no right or wrong answer there. As long as your children are learning, call it a success!
- Easy Peasy All-in-One
- Alpha Omega Publications
- Connections Academy
- Khan Academy
- CK-12 Foundation
Suggested YouTube channels for kids
I know using electronics and videos is controversial. It seems like you’re either all for it, or completely against it. Personally, I am glad to add apps, videos, electronics, etc into our lessons. They have been a great help for us, and you have to accept (like it or not) technology is a big part of the world our children are going to be sent into. Given the rate that tech grows, you might as well educate them on it as early as possible so they don’t fall behind. These are the best YouTube channels I have came across so far that really do teach and help my children a great deal.
- Patty Shukla
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Rock ‘N Learn
- Jack Hartmann
- Peekaboo Kidz
- Wild Kratts
- PBS Kids
- Animal Planet
- Australia Zoo
- Mental Floss
- Homeschool Pop
Homeschool YouTubers for parents
I don’t watch YouTube much, but I do use it in our lessons and the kids watch; it’s just not my thing. But, for y’all I did a little research on some homeschooling YouTubers parents could enjoy. These are the most popular, top rated YouTube channels for homeschooling parents.
- Erica Arndt
- Pepper and Pine
- Homeschool on the Hill
- Jamerrill Stewart
- Grace an Grit
- Road Travel Less
- My Busy Bees and Me
- Mama to Five
- Just Sew Trish
- ARRRGH! Schooling
Of course, my top suggested site for any homeschool related reason is this one. 🤣 But, for anyone not finding ages, grades, topics, etc, whatever you may be looking for, I have put together a list of sites I have found over the years. There are many terrific sites, for many uses worth mentioning. Depending on what it is you’re looking for, what method you use, your religion, your location and a few other factors, you may find these sites helpful. All of these sites offer at least some free resources (downloads, printables, board games, flash cards, etc), others may cost, but should be fairly cheap; at least last time I checked them. Sites do change and update, and I only have control over mine, which you can always count on to be FREE! I do try to share a wide variety of worksheets and everything as I can, but I am only one person. I have personally used or at least checked out all of these myself. I assure you they are useful and safe, not just for downloading, but over all.
Law & Record Keeping Sites
Below are a few good font sites I use. My favorite is Font Space, never disappoints! If you create your own sheets at all these are definitely worth the look!
Click the photo to the right for some amazing paper dolls in several genre’s. This guy’s work is truly amazing. We love pretty much everything he has done so far. Check it out, you won’t be sorry!
Some of our favorite curriculum and teaching aids
- Teach My kits found on Amazon are amazing for 1st grade and under.
- Kiwi crates are great for science lovers.
- Top Secret Adventure club offered by Highlights is a fun addition to geography and social studies lessons.
- 180 Days of books offer a ton of great options, but shouldn’t be used on their own alone.
- Literally anything NatGeo put outs. Just buy it all!
- Scientific Explore kits are some of the best I have found so far. They tend to come with more of what is needed for each experiment than any other kit we have purchased.
- Magic School Bus kits, book, shows, everything! It’s all great!
Amazon Shopping List
I want to make it very clear that I do NOT get paid to promote anything on the lists in anyway, nor does anyone I know. The products are not sent to me/friends/family to review. I have found and used/researched these on my own. I spend a significant amount of time each month on amazon searching around to find the best products to aid in our homeschool journey at the best deals! Now you can benefit from my hours of work as well! I have put together lists of teaching aids, books, kits and more that may prove useful and helpful on your homeschool journey as well! I have also put together a list of family matching clothing, shoes and accessories. Our youngest is very much into matching mom, so every spring we choose a few matching outfits and things that are always a big hit with our friends and family. Everything we have bought or simply just considered is on the list. Please note the sizes and colors displayed may not be the matching item. Also some things may say out of stock, however it may only be for the size and/or color that was selected when the item was added to the list. Click on the item to check the availability of your desired sizes/colors for sure.
AGIAN, I want to make it very clear that I do not get paid to promote anything on the lists in anyway, nor does anyone I know. The products are not sent to me/friends/family to review. I have personally researched and/or used everything on the lists above myself, (aside from the family marching products, some of those were considered and viewed but not purchased) which is why I feel comfortable recommending these items to you. If anyone finds a recalled or poorly reviewed product on the list that I may have somehow missed PLEASE contact me and let me know! I hope you find these list and their contents as useful, helpful, and fun as we have! If there’s a type of shopping list you’d like to see created please feel free to send me the request and I will do my best to set it up asap! Enjoy and happy teaching!
All Available Themes
Click any of the themes below to be quickly redirected to the page/post containing all of the FREE downloads currently available in your desired theme, as well as any crafts or other shared materials, info, videos etc that may also be useful in that theme! Remember, you can click the pack images to preview the contents of each pack before downloading.
Big Kids Club summery; click the link to find out more and sign up: In this club we read the books BEFORE the weekly meetings, then discuss them and play book trivia. Most books will be sent to you for FREE, either in text form, or audio! We also spend time working on social skills by playing games, doing crafts together (for those that want to participate in that), and free discussion time. The age range is just a suggestion. Older and/or younger children are welcome if you think they would enjoy it and be able to participate properly.
Little Readers Club summery; click the link to find out more and sign up: In this club we read the books together during the weekly meetings, taking turns reading for those that choose to. Most books will be displayed on the shared screen for all to see! After, we discuss the book a little. We spend the rest of the time working on social skills by playing games, doing crafts, and free discussion time. The age range is just a suggestion. Older and/or younger children are welcome if you think they would enjoy it and be able to participate properly.
Check out this HHD original creation; a educational reward/behavior system that really works! CLICK HERE!!
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