Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List 2017-18

This year we’ve put together the Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources list just for you. Every year we struggle to find the best homeschool curriculum for our kids that provides both breadth and depth and includes resources to keep our kids engaged. Not only do kids get bored easily, but we want them to have a well-rounded education. It’s hard to find new and unique products these days, and it’s especially hard to find the best homeschool curriculum for your child’s learning style. So, we put together The Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List of 2017-18 just for that very reason. These products are some that we use in our homeschooling, and/or have come highly recommended from other homeschooling families. We hope that you will spend some time getting to know the companies on the Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources list. They are all small businesses and your support of them is not only greatly appreciated, it gives you the chance to try something new and innovative with your kids. The products in the Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List are sure to get your kids excited about learning this year. Have any suggestions for the Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List? Please email Info@HowToHomeschool.net. We are always looking for suggestions.

NOTE: The products & services in The Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List of 2017-18 are listed in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

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The Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List of 2018 – Art & Music

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The Animation Course

Online – LIVE Animation and Drawing Classes Taught by a Former Disney Animator. Do you see in your children a love for animation or drawing and want more than a book can teach them? Come learn from the best at THE ANIMATION COURSE! Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran homeschool Dad, offers 12 week LIVE – Online Animation and Drawing Courses for 11-18 year olds. Recorded (with grading) classes also available for schedule flexibility. Weekly classes are one hour long and include personal video reviews by professional animators for individual learning! Fall, Spring and Summer sessions available. Classes tend to fill up very quickly, so if you can, register soon! You can hold your child’s spot with a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please send inquiries to kayla@theanimcourse.com or check out the website for more information and class prices.


HomeSchoolPiano

HomeschoolPiano teaches all levels, even absolute beginners how to play the piano.  The easy-to-follow video lessons, along with the on-screen virtual keyboard and step-by-step written music make it easy for everyone to learn.  Built on solid methodology that integrates throughout all 18 units, the rhythms and technique that you learn at the beginning of each unit carry over into the reading, song and improvisation learned later on. Can’t read music? No problem, you’ll learn that too.  With HomeSchoolPiano you’ll become a total musician, being equally at ease reading music or composing your own songs. Individual reporting and access for up to 6 people means the entire family can learn how to play the piano, all from the comfort of your home.  Or, access the lessons from any smart phone or tablet while on the go.  HomeSchoolPiano is the easiest way to learn piano online.


Monart

Monart is a realistic drawing curriculum that is available on the Monart On-Line Store. It has enough structure to achieve highly skilled success and enough freedom for individual creativity for 4 year olds through adults.  Designed by Mona Brookes, the author of Drawing With Children, the method is now available in a training video and hundreds of drawing projects.  Monart is no longer a franchise and the curriculum is now available for parents and art teachers to legally form their own private classes or to use the materials in any type of classroom.  You do not need to be an artist in order to use the Monart method and lesson plans. The books by Mona Brookes and the materials on the On-Line Store are simple enough for an individual to learn along with their students or their own children at home.


The Best Homeschool Curriculum & Resources List of 2018 – All Subjects

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American SchoolAmerican School

American School offers accredited courses in grades 6-12 at a cost families can afford.  Courses are available in online and paper-based formats and include core subject areas like English, math, science and social studies as well as elective courses in business, career and technical education, fine arts and world languages.  Select AP courses for advanced high school students are also available.  Students may enroll in full-year programs which lead to them earning American School’s accredited high school diploma, or they may enroll in individual subjects to enrich an existing homeschool program.  Regardless of how many courses they take, students can work at their own pace and contact American School for assistance at any time.  Instructors are available to answer questions via phone during normal business hours and reply to emails within one business day.  Courses are available to students in all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the world, and monthly payment plans are available for students in full-year programs.  American School is accredited by MSA-CESS, Ai and NCPSA and has been a leader in distance education since 1897.  For more information, visit www.americanschool.org or call 708-418-2800 or 866-260-7221.


Earthschooling

Earthschooling is an award-winning, secular Waldorf curriculum that is a complete but flexible educational curriculum based on learning from nature, real-life experience, natural rhythms, hands-on activities, storytelling, painting and handwork with natural fibers. Earthschooling uses the Waldorf curriculum as a framework and thus it includes lesson plans, instructional videos, and core curriculum created by certified Waldorf teachers and fulfills all the requirements of a Waldorf education. However, Earthschooling goes beyond what other Waldorf curriculum providers offer by including curriculum correspondence with core standards for your location as well as a full range of teacher support tutorials including Eurythmy lessons. In addition, a certified teacher is available online weekly to reply to member questions in our live forum.


Forest Trail Academy 

Forest Trail Academy is well known for its accolades and academic excellence. It is registered as a private school with the Florida Department of Education and offers a self-paced, student-centered method. Because of this personalized learning emphasis,Forest Trail Academy has also been an alternative education choice for competitive athletes, students in need of extra attention, and students with unique circumstances. Each student receives the assistance of a Student Adviser who evaluates the student’s educational, career, and personal goals in order to create a unique need-based learning path. A key belief of Forest Trail Academy is that all students can become life-long learners.


Global Student Network

Global Student Network (GSN) provides online curriculum for homeschool students grades K-12. At www.globalstudentnetwork.com, families can choose from seven online learning program. Enroll anytime! Homeschool Academic Advisor provided. Monthly subscription available through their sister site – www.uniteddigitallearning.com. Looking for teachers? GSN also hosts an accredited online private NCAA-approved school with certified teachers at www.internationalvla.com.


KidsActivities.com

Get access to printables covering everything from Alphabet, Art, Math, Handwriting, Science & more. Just sign up for a free account or upgrade to a premium account to get access to loads of incredible, curated printable activities for your kids. In addition to printables, you can find loads of activities, recipes, parenting tips & advice on the site.


Mother Goose Time

Mother Goose Time, an imprint of Experience Early Learning Company, produces research-based, hands-on curriculum for young children.  Mother Goose Time believes that children learn best when they are actively engaged and invited to explore their own curiosities  and  their thematic resources are uniquely designed to provide shared experiences that build deeper relationships between parent and child. In addition, Mother Goose Time designs their educational materials to support and track a child’s on-going social, physical and cognitive development while also creating educational resources that are affordable, flexible, culturally relevant and connected with a child’s personal interests, learning style, developmental level and unique needs.  To learn more about their early learning curriculum, click here.


Novel Ideas, Inc.

Novel Ideas, Inc. provides research-based Direct Instruction materials in reading, basic language skills, written expression, and math facts and operations.  Teaching your students to mastery has never been so easy.  With by far some of the most user-friendly materials offered on the homeschool market, their products provide significant and immediate results in student learning and confidence.  Novel Ideas believes that all students can learn when taught appropriately, and that properly taught students have the foundations for future academic success.  Well-educated students are the “Foundations for the Future” of society as a whole.  Their products allow homeschool parents to invest their time, energy, and creativity interacting with their students, rather than spending countless hours researching and preparing instructional and testing materials that will meet the requirements of their students and/or their state. Not only that, Novel Ideas, Inc.provides continual ongoing customer consultation service to support you in the educator role.