I wanted to give a quick update on where we are on this process of narrowing down curriculum. Below are the results from another awesome chart that Mrs. Duffy put into the 100 Top Picks book based on our educational philosophy. I put them into a new chart that I could use as a book mark as I read the reviews in the book. I love that this is a whole process because I can't imagine reading every review, since so many of them wouldn't work for our children or our family dynamics.
I skipped phonics at this time, because we already own our Kindergarten curriculum and I didn't feel this was a pressing need.
Also, some of these picks are for one child or another and not necessarily both. Since C.13.B. will be in 8th grade next year, we are moving to more independent study for some subjects.
And lastly, we already have a foreign language that we love - Rosetta Stone - which happened to meet all of the criteria for our learning styles and family.
Well, I guess that was almost lastly - we are currently using My Father's World, which happens to use a lot of the recommended resources for our family, in a scheduled format.
Okay, really lastly, Mrs. Duffy has updated some of her top picks information as well as added other reviews on her website, which include Teaching Textbooks and the Young Explorers Series from Apologia, both of which we are seriously considering.
Reading and Literature
Progeny Press Novel Study Guides
Total Language Plus Novel Study Guides
Stobaugh’s Literature Series
Keyboard Enterprises Algebra
Saxon Math 54 and up
Language Arts: Grammar and Composition
Building Christian English
English for the Thoughtful Child
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Writing with a Point
Language Arts: Spelling and Vocabulary
English from the Roots
Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Genevieve Foster series
Guerber History Series
Mystery of History
The Story of the World with Study Guide
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
Backyard Scientist Series
Exploring Creation Science Series (apologia)
Media Angels Science
Stratton House Home Science Adventures
Five in a Row
Tapestry of Grace
A World of Adventure
World Views of the Western World
Critical Thinking Company
The Fallacy Detective
I'm comparing these things and also checking out each subject area on Cathy Duffy's website for additional options. Although this may seem like an overwhelming list, I'm so excited that we are homeschooling in a time where there are options besides Abeka and ACE. How blessed we are that we are not pinned down to one particular curriculum because of the freedom that we have to homeschool. Freedoms that have been purchased at a price by our seasoned homeschool parents - thank you for those sacrifices you made to stand up for Christ to bring a freedom back that was a norm at one time. Thank you!