It’s time to plan for the new school year!
With 400 classes for grades PreK-12, in every subject you can imagine (and you few you probably wouldn’t even think of), we consider SchoolhouseTeachers.com to be our most flexible and affordable choice for delight-directed learning, electives, high school prep, enrichment, and core classes. For one low monthly or yearly price, you can homeschool your entire family (and that price never changes as long as you maintain a membership). They have frequent sales and I have a coupon code (BENANDME) you can use anytime for a huge discount on the monthly membership. Or you can join for just $5 for your first month with the code: TRIAL.
Never in my wildest imagination did I think we would fall in love with BJU Press. In the past, I’ve been sort of anti- “textbook” learning. But when I went looking for a biblical worldview curriculum for high school and discovered Biblical Worldview from BJU Press, it changed everything. In fact, for later in high school, we are also planning to use their Economics and Government texts and are considering Spanish as well, because these 3 courses also include a “distance learning” option (video-based lectures) that I think will greatly benefit Ben. If you’re looking for a strong biblical worldview curriculum with or without a video component, check out what BJU Press has to offer.
This is another fairly new company for us, but so far, I am very impressed with what I’ve seen. I’ve written reviews for several of their resources, and we are happily incorporating many of them into our homeschool days (or soon will be). Check out Visual Latin, Dave Raymond’s American History and Modernity, and Word Up! to get you started. You can download FREE LESSONS for everything they sell! If you are new to homeschooling, I highly recommend a tour with Homeschool Made Simple before you begin buying any curriculum.
Unit studies have long been the staple of our homeschool. Still today we often homeschool topics using this method. When you are looking for pre-written unit studies, don’t overlook UnitStudy.com (formerly Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett). With options for grades K-12, in many subjects from science, history, and geography to foods and holidays, you can use these resources to homeschool all of your children at once in a fun and interesting way that will serve most any learning style well.
Another of our favorite homeschool companies, Writing with Sharon Watson publishes both fiction writing and nonfiction writing curriculum for high school students, designed to fully prepare your students for college-level writing. We will be using these resources during Ben’s final years of high school. But for now, we are excited to be using their latest resource, Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide, a literature course also written for high school students. Illuminating Literature. This course combines 8 books — covering apologetics, classics, and modern literature — into a biblical worldview course that I feel confident will help Ben to develop the ability to discern anything he reads in the future. You can try the first two lessons free here.
One of the most solid writing programs available to homeschoolers, I wish I had discovered it when Ben was younger so we could have always used it. But we didn’t discover it until Ben was ready for WriteShop 1 & 2. However, I have reviewed several levels and last year helped the owner of the company with her booth at a homeschool convention. I was so touched (and impressed) when parent after parent stopped by to share how using WriteShop had changed their writing-reluctant students into wonderful writers. A few students even came by for the honor of meeting (and getting a picture with) the person who had helped them greatly improve their writing skills. Whatever the grades of your children, from K to middle/high school, if you’re looking for a common sense approach to teaching writing, I highly recommend this company. Be sure to visit their blog for tons of FREE writing prompts.
And because I couldn’t stop at 10 . . . here’s a bonus company that you may not have even heard of, but that you’ll want to know about if you are homeschooling high school.
When searching for high school electives especially, you’ll want to take a peek at 7Sisters Homeschool. With courses in everything from Psychology and Financial Literacy to Philosophy and Early Childhood Development, as well as English, Speech, and Drama, these courses are well designed and customizable for every level of ability — even advanced learners. They also have a fantastic blog with all kinds of helpful instruction and encouragement for homeschooling high school, as well as a fun and informational podcast. If you’re just starting to homeschool high school, be sure to grab their free course on homeschooling high school.