Here are the resources and tools that I personally use in our homeschool, my businesses, and life. I only recommend products or services that have served our family well.
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Answers in Genesis God’s Design Science Curriculum :: We love this curriculum because is comes from a Biblical worldview and multiple grades can use it together! Written for grades 3-8. Buy three books (one series/one year) at a time, or save by buying the whole curriculum (four topics: Heaven & Earth, Physical World, Chemistry & Ecology, Living Things)
We tried several different spelling programs until we found All About Spelling! We have had great success with this program and its letter tile board. As a thrifty mom, I love that I can reuse all this curriculum for my five kids and only buy each level once! Check it out.
As a former social studies teacher, I did a lot of research into history curriculums when my oldest was preparing to start school. Loving the Biblical worldview, the chronological approach, and the ability to use this curriculum with multiple ages, we took the plunge with Mystery of History, and have been using it for over 10 years! Check out my post here about why we love it.
I cannot sing enough praises for Writing With Skill by The Well-Trained Mind. This curriculum is written to the student, helping your children to become more independent. But, no fear, mamas! WWS also includes a teacher guide, with scripted conversations about their writing, if needed. Clear rubrics are given, so that when you sit down to check your children’s writing, you have an objective baseline for comparison. I wish I had been given this kind of writing instruction as a middle schooler.
You can buy packaged Bible curriculum and worksheets made for a school classroom. Or, you can teach your kids to read the Bible and learn how to interpret it. We have used the inductive Bible study method with kids from about third grade all the way through high school. It is wonderful to do this type of study as a whole family! There are many resources available to explain the inductive Bible study method, but the clearest I have found is from Children Desiring God. It is a small little book, but full of a wealth of information that you will want to keep for years to come.
When we started homeschooling our oldest in kindergarten, we needed to find a foreign language curriculum because we were living in New Brunswick, which is a bilingual province. I studied Spanish in school, but my husband and I wanted our kids to learn French since we were in Canada at the time. I started out with another curriculum, which we struggled to use for several years. We finally took the plunge and bought Rosetta Stone since my oldest is now in high school, and I really wanted to have a solid curriculum for him. Four of my children are using it now (from fourth grade into middle school and high school) and they love it! I love its ease of use, one purchase price for multiple users, it includes grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking instruction. It keeps track of progress and gives percentage grades for lessons.
We have used Bob Jones University Press math from the start and would choose BJUP math all over again! It is a solid curriculum and you can be confident that your child will not have any gaps in their learning. Teacher’s editions with answers are available, but at the elementary level, you will probably not need them. Consumable workbooks through most of the elementary grades are reasonably priced.
Three of my middle schoolers have taken Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance DVD course for homeschoolers. We have already used his save-spend-share method with money since my kids were little. However, it was great to delve into some more mature financial topics and the course was interesting and held their attention. We also purchased the consumable workbooks to go with the instructional DVD.
My high schooler is learning note taking skills, along with conducting experiments, and learning how to study for high level tests (and of course learning biology!) with Exploring Creation with Biology by Apologia. We highly recommend purchasing the Student Notebook in addition to the main textbook.
Home & Family
Don’t do anymore online shopping until you have an ebates account! It is a simple and easy way to earn cash back with the online purchases you are going to make anyway. Just head on over to ebates to set up an account, then before you shop again online, head to ebates first, then click on the store you want to shop at. Ebates will keep track of how much you spend, and send you cash back as you earn it.
You Need A Budget (YNAB)
YNAB is a budgeting tool whose first rule is to “give every dollar a job.” We have used this for several years now, and it has helped us to build our savings, plan all year for annual expenses, and tell each dollar where to go instead of living pay check to pay check. You can try it free for 34 days.
Teachers Pay Teachers
Are you a homeschool mom who is creating lessons, handouts, printables, and learning resources for your own kids? Why not sign up for a FREE seller account on Teachers Pay Teachers and make some passive income off the products you’ve already made? Let me know if you do this, and I’d love to check out your store!
Do you have a product based business? Sending packages in the mail frequently? I own an etsy shop and until I bought my DYMO printer, I was wasting an enormous amount of time creating shipping address labels. My DYMO printer makes shipping efficient! It is also a thermal printer, so the address will not rub off in shipment (ask me how I know this happens!) Cringe.
Are you thinking about starting a blog? We all have a unique perspective to share! Someone needs to hear from you. Check out Bluehost for the web hosting service I recommend. With a free domain, and a one-click WordPress install, your new blog will be up and running in no time!
Selling on Etsy
Are you a creative that would love to work from home with little risk, but potential for great income? Have you thought about selling on Etsy, but you weren’t sure where to start? I’ve been successfully selling on the platform for over five years and still recommend it. Check out my Selling on Etsy series: An Insider’s View, What to Sell, My Craft Room, Tools & Supplies / Shipping & Storage.
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