Top Homeschooling Curriculum
& Products for 2013!
Homeschool.com readers have voted and the
following companies have been voted as Top Homeschooling Curriculum for 2013—and
right in time for the back to (home) school season!
Please take a moment to review the companies listed alphabetically
below—after all, they've been named the best of the best! We're sure you'll see
many you'd like to incorporate into your homeschooling efforts this year.
There's something for everyone—music, art, history, math, tutoring, life skills,
and much, much, more.
Thank you to all those who participated, and of course, a big congratulations
to the companies named the Top Homeschooling Curriculum of 2013!
Any Key Music System
Each year, millions take piano lessons with hopes of being able to play songs
they hear from the radio. Over 10 years and 10 thousand dollars later, they
still are unable to do so. Is there an alternative? Yes. Robert Chambers decided
he would not only figure out how to play any song on his own by ear, but also
develop a method that would enable everyone else to do the same.
Art Jams project kits contain everything you need to create a delicious work
of art. No shopping around to find quality art supplies — just open a jar. Free
educational and demonstration video links can be accessed from their website.
Students learn terminology, history and techniques too.
Computer Science for Kids
Computer Science For Kids offers two different
"parent-friendly" middle school and high school computer programming curriculums
for Microsoft Small Basic, Visual Basic Express, Visual C# Express, and
Oracle-Sun Java. One curriculum is designed for Christian based homeschool
programs while the other curriculum is designed for secular homeschooling. Both
are self-study and self-paced tutorials and neither requires prior parental or
student computer programming experience.
Writing can be FUN! Explore the Writing Adventures® System- a lively, highly structured, and systematic
approach to the writing process. This research-based system consists of visually
simple materials and games that focus on the function of language in sentences,
paragraphs, narratives and essays. Also, each tool holds its own as a specific
tool to teach or reinforce writing skills. These materials easily integrate with
existing language arts programs.
Madcap Logic was founded in 2003 by former Disney and Dreamworks animators
with a vision to re-define art education. The result is Creativity Express, a
comprehensive online curriculum suitable for homeschool settings. Sixteen cross-curricular lessons teach the elements and
principles of art, with an added focus on empowering kids' inner creativity,
imagination and critical thinking skills. Hands-on projects complement the
online lesson content.
The Deeper Roots team produces Bible curriculum, written BY homeschoolers—FOR
homeschoolers. Their materials help you move your students from Biblical
knowledge to spiritual application. Essential, well developed teacher's notes
empower you to teach with confidence and minimize your preparation, enabling you
to more effectively disciple and mentor your student(s) for maximum spiritual
growth. For Junior and Senior High students.
A flash-deal website that lists new educational products at a discount of up
to 90% off! Check daily for new educational deals for your kids on the top
brands and homeschooling products. All sales are for a limited time and are gone
in a flash!
The Family Time Fitness—Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum lets homeschool
parents teach physical education without having previous knowledge of physical
education or athletic development. The programs are thorough, safe, and
emphasize spatial, body, and environmental awareness; neurological development;
mind-body coordination; stress reduction; social engagement and more.
Making Algebra child's play! This program can be used with any math
curriculum to provide students with a solid foundation for success with algebra
and to demystify abstract algebraic concepts--and it can be used with children
as young as eight years old!
Home Art Studio
Home Art Studio is a DVD/ROM based art education program specifically created
for homeschooling families. It is designed to increase a student's love and
appreciation of the visual arts while enhancing a child's ability to problem
solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them. Even parents who
don't have an art background can easily use Home Art Studio to add art to their
Complete online curriculum for grades 5-12. Lessons
are 'research-based', encouraging students to find the information, not just
read posted material. The courses inspire students to become critical thinkers,
who view all sides of an issue and can arrive at thoughtful conclusions. Courses
contain complete lesson plans, answer keys, assessments and a parent/teacher
response component for each question. Parents function as the teacher, and
direct the student's education. The parent is free to include or exclude any
parts, as well as add special assignments to enhance the course of study. The
electronic grade book provides 24/7 access to each student's progress and
archives past quizzes and tests that can be reviewed online at any time.
Homeschool Programming, Inc provides self-study computer programming courses
for kids and teens in Java, HTML, C#, and Visual Basic. Students learn how
to create their own programs, web pages, games, and Android apps. Each
course offers fun, hands-on activities, unique instructional videos, and
award-winning textbooks. No teacher expertise is required; the turn-key
system guides students with a step-by-step approach, building computer
programming skills from the ground up.
I Can Play Violin!
I Can Play Violin! provides accelerated violin coaching programs and the Violin Learn-A-Song-A-Month Masterclass which teaches children 3-11
one song per month. The Masterclass comes in a DVD format, is mailed to your
home, and is complete with practice and playing tips, plus guidance regarding
the song chosen for that month. Learn from a fellow homeschooler and
iCreate offers a kid-friendly software and iPad app for kids to share what
they know through making stop-motion animations. By taking a series of
pictures that are then shared as a movie, kids create digital stories across
science, math, and language arts. Projects can range from visualizing math
word problems, to illustrating blood flow through the heart, to poetry
interpretation. Download a free limited feature version of the software or
purchase the iPad app to create and share.
JubiLingua is a card game that makes learning French fun. The six decks are
great for practicing French verb conjugations in the present and past tense and
for practicing negative sentences and other grammar concepts. The card decks are
the size and durability of regular playing cards. Each game can be played in
pairs or groups of up to 4-6 players.
Kelso's Choice Conflict Management Skills Program
The Kelso's Choice kit has helped elementary-aged
children resolve conflict for over 20 years. The program features Kelso the
Frog, and is based on the premise that every child is strong enough and smart
enough to be a peacemaker. Children first learn the difference between "small,"
kid-sized problems that children can resolve on their own, and "BIG," serious
problems that always need to be taken to an adult.
Then, they learn nine "Kelso's Choices" to choose from to solve "small"
problems. These choices are called Kelso's Choices and are displayed on the
Kelso's Choice Wheel. The kit
comes with a Leader's Guide of activities and lessons, puppets, posters, a
storybook, and a DVD showing vignettes of real children confronted with conflict
and their solutions using Kelso's Choices. The program matures with kids as they
age from young children to pre-teens.
KidsEmail is a completely safe email that allows
parents to monitor what their child reads and/or sends. The parental controls allow parents
to choose if they see incoming and outgoing messages, create contact lists,
allow attachments or images, and filter out bad words. Parents can give their
children as much freedom as they choose, and have the peace of mind that their
kids are safe while using e-mail.
Helping K-12 students develop real-world critical thinking skills in an Ivy League homeschool. They've vetted the
Internet with 10,000 pages of instructional content, 21,000 assessment
questions, videos from Khan Academy, PBS, History Channel, interactive
educational games, and more. Homescholars create 'study lists' for personal
learning goals based on ratings/recommendations and inputs from peers. Parents
help educate students, communicate with other parents, share tips/tricks—all
in one place!
Lesson Library provides families with over 7,500 learning resources in all
school subjects, K-12 for less than $2/year. Their activities range from simple
worksheets to great activity books, arts & crafts, cool science experiments and
lots more. They add 50 new lessons every week and members can even contact
Lesson Library to request material that they'll write for them - at no extra
From the basics of reading music to the intricacies of theory skills, from
music history to interpretation coaching, Professor Muller has much to offer
homeschoolers, including his international experiences.
Several types of class are proposed, and he tailors instruction to your
3P Learning is the online publisher of the award
winning K-12 adaptive math resource Mathletics. Fun and engaging with real time
competition against students from around the world, with adaptive targeted
practice, and with step by step support for each concept.
Math-U-See is a complete K-12 math curriculum focused on homeschool and small
group learning environments that uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach math
concepts. For over 20 years, they have successfully taught students to
understand and apply mathematical concepts.
The Math-U-See curriculum is organized into levels,
not grades, so that students can be placed and proceed according to individual
ability. Students proceed at their own pace upon demonstrating mastery.
Instruction is conducted individually or in small groups in order to obtain the
maximum amount of growth for each student.
Mosaica Online offers K-12 accredited education, available in the
safety and convenience of your home. Students are taught by distance
learning teachers who are experts in their fields and students interact
with teachers and peers on a daily basis through a variety of Internet
tools. Each day the learning experience extends from online lessons to
hands-on projects where students learn by making and doing.
Moving Through Math
Nationally renowned arts educator Marcia Daft spent 20 years developing
Moving Through Math—a fun approach to teaching pre-school and elementary
mathematics. Her mission is to engage learners through music and movement,
storytelling, pictures and writing, social interactions, and through personal
reflection. With this program, your student sees how patterns in math are like
patterns in rhythm and movement.
NFC Academy Online
NFC Academy Online is an accredited online
school, for elementary--high school students, which teaches from a Biblical
world view. On their website, the school states—NFC Academy seeks to
assist in personal growth and development of students by providing an education
based upon an integrated understanding of Biblical principles and academic
knowledge. Education with a proper emphasis on the spiritual, mental, social,
and physical aspects of life leads to a balanced development of the whole
Oak Meadow Curriculum & School
Oak Meadow believes children deserve an education that nurtures confidence,
curiosity, and a love of learning. Its homeschooling curriculum is infused with
imagination and heart. Use it independently or through its fully accredited
distance learning school, which offers expert teacher support and official
Quest is an educational incentive program for kids ages 3 -18 that uses scout
like badges and awards to encourage kids to explore anything and
everything. Quest offers over 1,200 badges on hundreds of topics in 9 Areas of
Reading Kingdom is an online program that teaches children 4-10 to read &
write to a 3rd grade level. It features Dr. Marion Blank's patented 6-SIM
"Six Skill Integrated Method" which uses innovative techniques to teach all the
reading & writing skills in an integrated fashion so that they complement and
reinforce each other while fostering comprehension at every level.
Leibee Family Scripture Songs & Family Favorites
Listen to 57 songs straight from the Bible.
The Leibee family—with 5 adopted children from 3 continents, as well 6
biological children—have been singing together for 30 years. Their first album, SCRIPTURE SONGS, features a capella worship. In
the 2nd album, FAMILY FAVORITES, the Leibee's came back together from
across the globe to sing more scripture songs as well as some favorites.
Schoolhouse Fonts offers educational handwriting fonts to supplement the most
popular methods used to teach handwriting in the U.S. today-- Zaner-Bloser® and
D'Nealian®. Use these font sets to create your own
handwriting worksheets for students to learn and practice handwriting — from
printed manuscript through connected cursive.
SimplyFun offers fun board games, family activities, brainteasers, puzzles,
puppets, and conversation starters--suitable for all ages. Their products cover
a wide range of academic subject areas, including language, math, spatial
reasoning, critical thinking, life skills, and more. They offer high quality,
built-to-last toys, and toys that are safe--every product meets or exceeds ASTM
standards. In addition, SimplyFun toys get recognized—SimplyFun received over
50 product awards last year!
Spirituality For Kids
Spirituality for Kids is a FREE online educational
program in English and Spanish, that teaches children (ages 6-12) universal,
spiritual principles aimed to develop a sense of purpose in children, encourage
kids to reflect on their actions, have children see challenges as
opportunities, help children develop self-worth, help children develop a
desire to make a difference in the world, and help them tap into their inner
strengths and see that the power to overcome any challenge lies within them.
Standard Deviants Accelerate
Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online learning site that allows middle
and high school students to succeed. Differentiated instruction aims to maximize
each student's individual success, while pre- and post-assessments measure
comprehension and retention. Plus, Accelerate focuses on re-teaching difficult
topics to really drive key concepts home. As knowledge accumulates, students are
provided with activities that engage them in progressively higher orders of
thinking. Students have a "locker" to store all completed material to be
reviewed at any time. Parents have a "toolbox" where they can see which
assignments have been completed, can view each student's scores on the
automatically graded quizzes, and are able to grade written assignments using
the editable rubric.
A retired veteran math teacher saw the sad decline of math education in the
U.S. and decided to do something about it. He teaches math the way it used
to be taught, supplying both the how AND the why, so that students UNDERSTAND
math. Systematic Mathematics offers a non-consumable DVD program. Because
the classes are on DVDs—your kids can easily replay and go over parts that are
difficult for them. If a student needs more work on a certain lesson, s/he can
simply watch the lesson again and print out another worksheet.
For more than 50 years, the award-winning Pre-K—12+ products from The Critical
Thinking Company have helped students of all abilities achieve better grades and
higher test scores with highly effective lessons that sharpen the mind. Their
products are fun, easy to use—they do not teach through drill and memorization
or teach to the tests.
Lee Binz, The HomeScholar helps parents homeschool high school and is a
leading Internet home school resource helping parents homeschool to college.
She is an expert in how to craft winning homeschool transcripts. Lee is
a dynamic homeschool speaker at homeschooling conventions as well as
homeschooling support groups. Check out her homeschool online free
mini-course and training webinar on how to give homeschool credit in high
This Week in History
This Week in History brings your home school to life! Whatever
you want to learn, whatever there is to teach, it starts with history. TWIH is
keyword-searchable and the whole year's archive is available at any time.
Tired of textbooks? TRISMS is an aggressive tool for developing
academic knowledge, critical thinking skills, practical living skills, literary analysis, writing,
creativity, and more. TRISMS integrates writing with IEW, humanities,
history, geography, literature analysis, rhetoric, economics, critical thinking,
and more for middle and high school students. It's classical, integrated,
Tutor.com offers live one-to-one tutoring the moment
a student needs help. With expert tutors covering a wide range of subjects,
students can log on and connect to a tutor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help
is available to students in 40+ subjects, including everything from Algebra and
Chemistry to Essay Writing and SAT Prep. Over 2,600 tutors and more than 9
million tutoring sessions!
TutorZ.com matches American students with qualified and affordable tutors.
Over 500 subjects, in all U.S. cities, from kindergarten to university, 50,000+
tutors nationwide. Free referral for students. Tutors are school teachers,
college or university students and tutoring professionals. Find help with
homework, math, algebra, English, ESL, Spanish and more. Tutors are
peer-reviewed, certified, reliable and affordable.
Uzinggo is an online math and science program for homeschoolers that helps
parents teach upper-level grades and tough concepts that are traditionally
difficult to teach. Learning is personal, enabling students to follow at their
own pace, while providing parents with teacher guides to help enhance
instruction. Students earn rewards they can use for prizes, and parents get
real-time reports to track progress.
A web-based curriculum spanning grades K-12. 24/7 access to courses Adaptable
to student needs. Detailed reports to monitor student progress. Used by families
nationally & internationally. Over 100 courses available. Easy-to-use Learning
Management System. Your child can take an unlimited amount of courses per
calendar year, allowing the freedom and flexibility for the coursework to fit
into your family's schedule.
VSCHOOLZ was founded by a team of educators, curriculum specialists and
educational technology experts to provide e-learning solutions to support a
blended digital learning environment or for launching virtual programs.
Curriculum is customizable at many levels and has been accepted for use in
public, private and faith-based schools, homeschool organizations and individual
Their partner virtual school, Virtual Schools of Excellence, is fully
accredited and NCAA approved for full-time enrollment or supplemental classes.
Wordly Wise 3000®
Wordly Wise 3000® Online, from EPS Literacy and
Intervention (a leading publisher of K—12 blended-media reading and math
solutions) helps students in grades 2-12 master the vocabulary they encounter in
grade-level literature, content-area reading, textbooks, and in tests (including
the PSAT, SAT, and ACT).