One of my most amazing blessings of 2013 was serving as a TOS (The Old Schoolhouse Magazine) Crew Member. Being a Crew Member exposed me (and Jackson) to some truly amazing homeschool curricula, which we were able to incorporate into our homeschool studies and that I reviewed on our blog.
We definitely came away from the year with some new favorites. Here they are (in no particular order), with links to the reviews highlighted in the titles:
1. Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
We are definitely science fans and geeks, and this fantastic chemistry and physics course easily got 5 stars from both me and Jackson. Are you looking for…fun? Exciting experiments? Creative ways to journal concepts and experiences? Learning opportunities that will really stick in your child’s mind, and all of these presented in a life-giving way? If you are, you should definitely try Apologia!
2. Zondervan’s Homeschool Mom’s Bible (NIV)
I loved this Bible during the review….and 3 1/2 months later, I still adore it. I use it every morning when I get up (after, that is, getting my first cup of a caffeinated beverage). Arranged so that you can read the entire Bible in a year, plus a daily devotional by a homeschool mom, it sets me up for each day with grace and life.
3. Bridgeway Academy’s Fun with Science: Marine Biology
This incredible marine biology class was Jackson’s first online course. It was taught by a marine biologist who opened the marine world up to the students; its ecosystem & zones, types of organisms (from shellfish to bony fishes to mammals), its challenges and its otherworldly beauty. Each week the students had fascinating projects to complete before the next class period. An absolute joy.
4. At Home in Dogwood Mudhole by Franklin SandersA family’s joys, sorrows, challenges and perseverance displayed in the building of a homestead in southern Tennessee. If you enjoy reading about family togetherness and love, spiced up with Southern ways and hospitality, you’ll enjoy this book!
5. Seed Sowers by Gwen Toliver
6. Doorposts’ Because You Are Strong
French Essentials is a fantastic and enjoyable online curriculum that teaches French ably to young people. It includes pronunciation, reading, writing and speaking activities. It’s a nice way to painlessly introduce foreign language learning into your homeschool!
See It and Say It Flip Flop Spanish is a wonderful Spanish language program that incorporates all different learning styles—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It is fun and captures the attention and imagination of the learners immediately.
10. Logic of English
This reading, writing, spelling and phonics course completely lives up to its name. It logically teaches children why the English language works as it does and helps them understand the hows and whys behind the ways we spell English. I only wish we’d had this when Jackson was younger!