A Few of My Favorite Things!

Overwhelmed by the huge amount of homeschool curriculum available and not sure where to start? Each winter, usually while being snowed in, I assess our curriculum choices, make sure we are on track and evaluate if my choices are performing well for us.

With our recent National crisis there has been an exodus from the public school system into the promise land of homeschooling. With so many families reaching out to me in regards to curriculum, I thought I would share a few of our favorites.

Reading and Phonics: All three of these programs are mom (teacher) friendly with a strong foundation in phonics.

1. Christian Light Learning To Read: This is hands down my favorite reading program. I love that I can open the teacher’s manual and simply read what it says. My children have loved the stories in the readers. We use this curriculum from K-8th grade.

Click here to view: https://www.clp.org/

2. Abeka Reading: This is an excellent reading program that I used for many years. Strong in phonics. The only reason we switched to Christian Light was that I needed a change. I was homeschooling a bunch of boys and Christian Light readers are more “boy friendly.”

Click here to view: https://www.abeka.com/

3. All About Reading: I have not personally used this program, but rather reviewed many families that absolutely love it.

Click here to view: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading-level-1/

4. Explode the Code: We use this ,along with our reading program, for more practice. I love that they can do this all by this themselves!

Click here to view: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-reading-level-1/

5. Reading Eggs: This is a computer learning program for K-8th grade that reviews phonics, spelling, and reading. We use as a supplement. My little ones have this on their tablets…great while sitting at the dentist office!

Language Arts:

1. Christian Light Language: My children who have used this program have been the strongest in grammar. We use this program K-6th grade than switch to a writing program.

Click to view: https://www.clp.org/

2. Abeka Language Arts https://www.abeka.com/

3. Easy Grammar https://www.easygrammar.com


1. Lightning Literature-VERY mom friendly.

Click here to view: https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/4227/High..

2. Progeny Press-Click to view: https://stores.progenypress.com

3. Essentials in Literature-DVD program-I am excited to use this program this upcoming school year! Click to view: https://essentialsinwriting.com

Spelling and Vocabulary

1. Rod and Staff-Nothing fancy. It's basic, student friendly, and full of scripture.

Click to view: www.rodstaff.com

2. All About Spelling-Click to view: https://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/all-about-spelling

3. Wordly Wise Vocabulary-https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/

Writing Courses:

1. Write at Home-You can take an 8 week course or an entire program. This is completely online and graded (yes!). Click to view: https://www.writeathome.com/

2. Essentials in Writing-This is a video based program. You can check the work yourself OR pay to have it checked by the company.

Click to view: https://essentialsinwriting.com

3. Time for Writing-This is an online program that allows the student to pick the 6-8 week course. It includes teacher feedback with grading.

Click to view: https://www.time4writing.com/


1. Christian Light-This is self-directed program that is VERY strong in basic math. We use this program from K-6th grade. Click to view: https://www.clp.org/

2. CTC online math program-We use this program for 7th -12th grade. I love that they can watch the lesson and do all work online…and get it's graded. It’s a win win for me!

Click to view: https://www.ctcmath.com/


Read my review on CTC math



3. Math U See-This a great program for those children who really need hands on examples. We have used this program with one of our boys for our high school algebra and found it excellent. Click to view: https://mathusee.com

4. Key To Math-This is a wonderful program for the student who may struggle in math.

Click to view: https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/2225/Key-To-Math-Gr.-4-12.htm


Elementary: We have used various curriculum, depending on what we were learning that school year. Here are a few favorites…

1. The Good and the Beautiful-wonderful science unit studies

Click to view: https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/pre-k-8-curriculum

2. Apologia elementary science-I love the idea that we can order the lab kits and journals

Click to view: https://www.apologia.com/

3. Masterbooks: https://www.masterbooks.com

4. Gather Round-we LOVED the bird unit study! https://gatherroundhomeschool.com

5. Sassafras-I have only used the readers, but my kids love them

Click to view: https://www.amazon.com/Sassafras-Science

Middle School:

1. Masterbooks: My daughter LOVED the General Science program.

Click to view: https://www.masterbooks.com

2. Exploration Education-My son recommends this hands on computer program. BUT…we tried with our co-op group and it was exceedingly difficult. Two children could easily work together at home with this program. Click to view: https://explorationeducation.com

3. Apologia Science

4. TOPS science units-completely hands on! https://topscience.org

High School:

1. Apologia Biology is our favorite biology program. From a nursing perspective, this is an excellent course! For my visual learner I purchased the videos, but they are not required. I recommend the student journal and lab kit.

Click to view: https://www.apologia.com/

2. Chemistry 101-If I had learned chemistry this way I might have actually enjoyed the class. It's video based. You will need to print out the class worksheets. This company also has other science courses. Click to view:


3. Masterbooks Chemistry-strong program with less math than most programs.

Click to view: https://www.masterbooks.com

4. Apologia Science-this is a strong program. Some of the courses (chemistry) requires a strong math background. https://www.apologia.com/

History, Geography, & Government

1. Notgrass American History and Government: I love the Elementary and Middle school program as it adds a great literature component. The high school version is great information but I would do it over two years if you add the literature and bible. It's a lot of reading. Click to view: https://history.notgrass.com/

2. Abeka Government-This high school course is simple, self directed, and a semester course. https://www.apologia.com/

3. A Noble Experiment-This high school government course has the student watching a short video and completing a worksheet. This works for the student who does not enjoying reading and the auditory learner. https://www.christianbook.com/experiment-history.

4. Around the World in 180 Days-We enjoyed this middle school/high school geography course. We added in the missionary biographies from YWAM and lots of mapping. We tried recipes from all over the world! https://www.apologia.com/

Click to view: https://ywampublishing.com/c-39-hero-biographies.aspx


Read about our fun geography units!



5. Mystery of History-We had so much fun studying all about Ancient History and the Middle Ages. This is very biblically based and can be used with the entire family.

Click to view: https://www.brightideaspress.com/product-category/history/the-mystery-of-history/


1. Dave Ramsey Homeschool Finances-we require that all of our high school students take this class. It’s now online! https://www.daveramsey.com/school/homeschool/highschool

2. Christian Liberty Nature Readers-some of my kids favorites-we used these with our nature study and animal study. Each book has a workbook, although we have never used them. We just enjoyed the reading.

Click to view: https://www.christianbook.com/homeschool

3. Character Development-We LOVE LOVE LOVE these for all ages-Institute in Basic Life Principles Character Booklets-Click to view: https://store.iblp.org/character-booklets-1-6.htm


Read how we used the Character Booklets




  1. Rainbow Resource

  2. Christian Book Distributors

  3. Masterbooks

  4. Institute for Basic Life Principles

  5. Tops Science

  6. Christian Light

  7. Rod and Staff

  8. Home Science Tools

Choosing curriculum can be a daunting task. First, spend time in prayer asking the Lord for His direction for your homeschool year. Write down the "must have" courses for each student (example: math-geometry). Evaluate how you teach and how your student learns. Then begin the research. When possible, attend a Homeschool Conference!


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About Me

Welcome to our home, my name is Michele. My husband, Walter, and I have been happily married (most of the time) for 28 years. My husband is the Pastor of Strong Tower Church while I work as a Critical Care Nurse. Together, we have been blessed with 10 beautiful children.

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