|August 4, 2015|
Please take a moment to review the winning companies (listed alphabetically below)—as 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.
Thank you to all those who participated (we’re so impressed by how many of you voted—over 2,200 surveys were completed), and of course, a big congratulations to the companies named the Top Back to Homeschool Resources of 2015!
ALEKS® from McGraw-Hill Education is an online math program for grades 3-12. Using adaptive questioning, ALEKS delivers focused instruction on only the topics a student is ready to learn. Engaging and targeted to each student’s needs, ALEKS offers an easy solution to personalize math lessons, effectively improving success and confidence.
Explore Everywhere is a dynamic online curriculum that introduces families to the world using great global music, sing-along and dance-along videos and inventive hands-on, try-this-at-home projects. Unique, engaging and always fun, Explore Everywhere, a project of All Around This World, offers new content every day, providing participatory activities for kids of many ages and thought-provoking cultural explorations for teens and adults.
Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to Christian schools and homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality educational materials for thousands of students through curriculum, support services, family entertainment, and an accredited online academy.
Code Avengers offers engaging, online, interactive courses that teach students how to code their own apps, games and websites. Their carefully designed courses cater to a wide range of ages and skill levels, incorporating gamified learning methods that make learning fun and effective while providing live progress reports for parents and teachers.
Conceptual Academy offers self-study courses for high school in physics, chemistry, and other sciences, created by college textbook authors featuring video lessons, reading assignments, activities, unit exams, quizzes, worksheets, chapter summaries, a grade book, and, most notably, detailed guidance from the authors about the content being covered for each class.
Author Dr. Wanda Phillips is recognized for her expertise in teaching grammar and writing. Her texts, Easy Grammar series, Daily GRAMS series, and Easy Grammar Ultimate Series, are known for easy—yet thorough—explanations. Dr. Phillips introduces concepts in a building-block paradigm and incorporates a cyclical approach that promotes mastery.
GiftedandTalented.com’s Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition is an adaptive K-7 course developed by Stanford University. The online course offers students over 15,000 exercises, 500 instructional modules (including multiple forms of instruction for key concepts), 50 digital manipulatives, and 75 games. Additionally, students tackle real-world STEM challenges. Students who take this course can finish 2+ grades ahead.
Homeschool.com, the #1 homeschooling community on the internet, is your go-to resource for everything homeschooling. We offer a vast array of homeschooling resources for beginning-advanced homeschoolers. These include our resource guide listings, magazines, newsletters, blog posts, podcasts, product reviews, Top 10 lists, homeschooling events and so much more.
The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the largest buyers club for homeschoolers with over 140,000 families saving up to 90% on award-winning homeschool curriculum such as: IXL Math & Langauge Arts, Brave Writer, Touch-Type Read and Spell, Explode the Code, Wordly Wise, and much, much more. Become a member of the Co-op today – it’s FREE!
The Homeschool Planet offers a full-featured, online planner that is easy to use, flexible, and gives you everything you need to organize your home and home school. Try it free for 30 days, and find out why Homeschool Planet has received hundreds of rave reviews from homeschoolers just like you.
Learn to code with Homeschool Programming’s award-winning KidCoder and TeenCoder computer science courses. Students can create their own websites, video games, and apps while learning Java, C#, VB, and HTML in fun, self-study courses. No teacher expertise required. Spark your student’s passion for computer science today.
K12 is a leading provider of individual online courses from PreK – 12, designed to strengthen core skills, recover credits, or accelerate studies. Providing both independent courses as well as courses supported by world-class K12 teachers, K12 offers hundreds of flexible, award-winning courses to support your child’s education.
Kirkwood Education Online is an individualized mastery learning system for preschool through elementary levels. Engaging interactive lessons encourage students to work independently while guiding them through seven levels of character development. Kirkwood Education Online makes it easy to keep achievement records, and even includes weekly printable award certificates.
Middlebury Interactive’s digital world language courses in Spanish, French, Chinese and German are a favorite among homeschool families. Curriculum is designed at grade level and feature age-appropriate themes, animated stories, songs, games and task-based activities, to engage students. Courses can be taken as self-paced, independent study or with the guidance of a certified virtual world language teacher.
The Morning Star Academy is an online Christian academy serving PeK-12 homeschoolers throughout 50 states and 20 countries. They offer 142 multi-media rich Biblically based courses that engage, empower and enlighten your child. Developed by veteran homeschoolers for homeschoolers – you get comprehensive record keeping, a fully accredited curriculum, relevant offline materials, and 1:1 unlimited teacher support.
Pearson Education, the leading K-20 curriculum supplier to school districts across the nation, proudly presents Pearson Homeschool, created to help you develop a rich love of learning in your home.
PetraLingua® is a publishing house specialized in multimedia language learning materials for children 3-10. They currently offer Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese and ESL English. The program is available online and on DVDs. Children learn new words and phrases through everyday situations, combining video sequences, songs and interactive activities.
Problem Solved offers innovative online math classes and tutoring for children in grades 2 through 6. Problem Solved teaches overall problem-solving and give kids a voice to form their own strategies. “There is a remarkable difference in a student’s ability to retain the skill when they have learned it through problem solving, as opposed to just being directly told how to do it.”
Science4Us is a complete, web-based K-2 science curriculum that teaches science using a fun, interactive approach. In addition to digital games and online activities, there are tons of offline experiments and hands-on projects. Parents have access to detailed lesson plans, automated student reports and session guides to help you prepare and plan.
SimplyFun builds smarter kids and stronger families though the amazing power of play. With more than 100 award-winning family board games that meet the needs of today’s kids, parents and homeschoolers, there’s a perfect game for every child and every family. Developed with a focus on making learning fun, SimplyFun games help kids of all ages develop communication, math and science skills, express creativity, collaborate with others and enhance their critical thinking while allowing kids to practice what they are learning while developing academic, social and emotional skills.
STEM Fuse is a K-12 digital curriculum company focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). As the fastest growing STEM curriculum provider in the country, STEM Fuse develops and supports courses in areas such as computer science, mobile app development, video game design, mathematics and reading.
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. Plus, Mentoring in the Classics helps to light YOUR fire, so you have excellence and inspiration to pass on to those you teach and mentor.
Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. Their automated system teaches and grades lessons, tracks progress, and works with a variety of learning styles. Their student-paced curriculum is available 24/7 and all year long. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun.
Time4Writing curriculum helps elementary, middle and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Computer-based lessons and dedicated, certified teachers motivate and walk students through this process.
An online educational management tool, UEIS Workshop empowers homeschoolers to create, store and retrieve critical educational records and transcripts in one system. Managing lessons, attendance, student progress, grades, test results and more has never been easier. Serving grades K-12, Workshop also allows homeschoolers to share information and engage in training.
The Virtual Learning Academy is a web-based curriculum spanning grades K-12. They offer over 100 courses, and 24/7 access. 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. Used by families nationally & internationally.
VocabularySpellingCity provides spelling, vocabulary, writing and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study. VocabularySpellingCity automates spelling tests, give students immediate feedback, and saves parents and teachers the time it takes to administer, grade and record the tests. We aspire to provide students with engaging games to motivate study and promote academic success.
WayneKroeplin.com is a certified Technology, Innovation and Engineering grades 6-12 instructor. He provides exciting online curriculum in ENGINEERING, INNOVATION, DESIGN and CRAFTSMANSHIP. Exciting home school electives for student who need more! Courses include: Introduction to Engineering, Roller Coaster and Bridge Engineering (design software included), Nano-Engineering, How to Think Like an Innovator, Thinking Like an Architect (3D design software included), Introduction to Building Trades (carpentry, etc.). Lots of hands-on activities!
WriteWell is an innovative online writing platform that makes writing fun and engaging for kids in grades 4-12. WriteWell helps students produce clear and well organized essays by walking them through the writing process. Students write directly into WriteWell’s innovative “write in chunks” interface. Each chunk provides grade-appropriate supports (a prompt, sample sentences, useful words etc.) that tell and show the student what to write in each paragraph. Use WriteWell for a variety of subjects and grade levels (4-12). Your reluctant writers will enjoy writing and your advanced writers will further develop their confidence and skills.
Want to see the Curriculum Sampler for the awards companies (yes, they’ve included free trials, sample lessons and informative videos for you to peruse!)?
Just click on the graphic below.
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