One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is the ability to choose the books and curriculum that are best for your child and your family. What works for one person is not necessarily the best option for anyone else. That said, one of the first questions I'm asked when I meet other homeschoolers is "What books/curriculum do you use?" I ask the same question of others. I guess, since we DO get to choose what we use, we want to make sure we aren't missing out on something that's being successfully used by other home educators. Well, here's my list of the books and learning aids I feel I couldn't do without. I'm sure it will change as my child's education progresses, but this is what's on my bookshelf (okay, bookSHELVES) right now.
On The Shelf:
- Magic Tree House Books
- American Girl Books
- Treasury of Illustrated Classics
- The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Revised and Updated
Discover techniques, curriculums, and resources for providing your child a rigorous, language-rich, and comprehensive classical education.
- Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
Provides standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level, guidelines for the importance of each topic, and recommended books for every subject.
- Handwriting Without Tears: Kindergarten Teacher's Guide
- Handwriting Without Tears: Letters and Numbers for Me
The Kindergarten program emphasizes capitals and number formation. Lowercase letters are also taught using pencil and paper, manipulatives, as well as games and activities.
- Handwriting Without Tears: Printing Teacher's Guide
- Handwriting Without Tears: My Printing Book
The First Grade program emphasizes printing lowercase letters correctly and using them in words and sentences.
- Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics 1A Textbook
Covers numbers, number bonds, addition, subtraction, ordinal numbers, shapes, length and weight.
- Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics 1A Workbook
- Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics 1B Textbook
Covers comparing numbers, graphs, multiplication, division, halves and quarters, time, money.
- Singapore Math: Primary Mathematics 1B Workbook
- Family Math
A guide for parents and children to work together with over 300 pages of stimulating games, puzzles, and projects that entice kids in playful ways to master math concepts.
- Five in a Row, Volume 1
Uses children's literature to teach social studies, language, art, applied math and science. The easy-to-use unit studies include discussion questions, hands-on activities, teaching tips and suggestions for further exploration.
- Five in a Row: Christian Character and Bible Study
Designed to supplement the 55 stories found in volumes 1-3 of Five in a Row, this companion volume offers hundreds of biblically based lessons in character development.
- The Story about Ping
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Katy and the Big Snow
- The Rag Coat
- A Pair of Red Clogs
- Night of the Moonjellies
- Storm in the Night
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
- The Nightingale
- Library Lion
- Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends
Great for learning and practicing sight words!! Combines 3 volumes in 1 -- We Look and See, We Come and Go, and The New We Work and Play.
- The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia
An ideal reference for curious 5- to 8-year-olds, it features more than 1,000 color animal photographs and illustrations, as well as interactive projects and experiments.
- Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
Awesome way to teach art appreciation. Learn about artists and art techniques while creating your own masterpieces.
- Masterpiece Classical Collection
Includes music by Grieg, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Corelli, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Satie. Nine CDs. Less than $1 per CD!!!
- Match It! Time Game
The 30 self-correcting puzzle cards feature 30 pairs of clocks. Children match the analog clock to the digital clock.
- Shape Shuffle
88 shape pieces and 34 design cards provide countless ways of learning about shapes, colors, sizes and fractions. Children manipulate the shapes to fit the puzzle cards.
- Fun With Spelling Puzzles
- Math Match-It! Game
This colorful set of self-correcting math puzzle cards provides children with an excellent introduction to number recognition, counting and basic addition and subtraction.