In those early years, I used Miquon Math , Greenleaf Press, LLATL, BJU Press, the library, and Ruth Beechick methods.
Over the years, as my children and I changed and grew and as new children were added to the family, many, many other homeschool materials found a home on my bookshelves...
Saxon math, Easy Grammar, Considering God's Creation,
Apologia science, KONOS, Prairie Primer, Beautiful Feet history guides, Progeny Press literature guides, Writing Strands, Wordsmith, Explode the Code, Five in a Row.
Journey Through Grammar Land, Jacobs Algebra, Chalkdust, Video Text, Diana Waring history, Heart of Wisdom, Simply Grammar, PowerGlide, Rosetta Stone, Spelling Power, Teaching Textbooks, AO Lifepacs,
Latina Christiana, Write Shop, Horizons Math, Winston Grammar, Artistic Pursuits, and now Tapestry of Grace.
Why so many? My husband asks that question too.
- First of all, there isn't a perfect curriculum out there and if you just find it, you have won! Each child has different needs, different strengths and weaknesses, and one of the beauties of homeschooling is the ability to individualize. So evaluating what is working in your school and what is not is a yearly ( and sometimes more frequent ) job. What worked well for one child might not work for the next. And what worked in elementary years might be the wrong choice for upper grades.
- The big picture is to provide a rich educational environment for our children, not just a stack of books. Teaching to our child's strengths and building up their areas of weakness requires a variety of approaches, materials, and experiences!
- Children might not be working "on grade level" across the board.
- Curriculum is a great tool, and sometimes more than one tool is needed for a job. You as a teacher control the curriculum, and not the other way around. So sometimes I use a bit of this, and supplement it with some of that.
- I also have to admit to being a bit of a "curriculum junkie", and I love the variety of approaches and materials available to us as homeschoolers. I hate choosing one thing off a restaurant menu, and love a good salad bar!