Finchnwren’s Top 10 Spring Curriculum Faves…..Plus One

Favorite Curriculum ChoicesAh….curriculum! One of my FAVORITE things to shop for, browse, dream about.  (Along with office supplies.  Pens!  Paper!  Folders!  Binders!)

And, it’s also one of the things that can make homeschool such an incredible learning experience….not only for the kiddos but for the parent!  We have had simply amazing curricula to study and learn this year… the areas of art, history, science, media….you name it!

So today, I’m participating in a Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog Round-Up on this very subject—and I’m so excited to share with you my top 10 curriculum faves (including a delightful “Plus One”) from the spring semester of our 2013-2014 school year.  (In which Jackson was a 6th grader…..just so you have a reference point!)  These will be in no particular order.  Just know that we loved them all!

1.  Artistic Pursuits‘ Sculpture Technique:  Construct

March 2012 103This wonderful curriculum provided the first serious study we’ve made in homeschool of sculpture.  Jackson learned how to create 2-D and 3-D sculptures from various shapes.  Eventually he had to draw, then sculpt an entire building using the techniques he learned.  Yet another way to introduce creativity into our homeschool!

2.  Mango Homeschool Edition‘s Biblical Hebrew

A lesson from Biblical Hebrew

A lesson from Biblical Hebrew

We’ve studied a bit of French, a bit of Spanish and a bit of Latin in our homeschool over the years.  But there has been nothing that Jackson has loved as much as his Mango Homeschool Edition’s Biblical Hebrew.  It’s a fantastic way to learn languages!  Mango has so much to offer any student; written, spoken and auditory components make this language learning program absolutely incredible.  Not to mention fun!

3.  Teaching Textbooks

Math has not been a strong favorite in our homeschool….but we LOVE Teaching Textbooks.  This whiteboard learning system is simple, clear and fun.

4.  Experiencing God at Home Day-By-Day

Through Experiencing God at Home Day-By-Day, Jackson and I will complete an overview of all the books of the Bible, and the key points in each one.  It has been a wonderful experience, and I’ve loved watching him learn so much!

5.  Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics

Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics is probably the most fascinating and exciting science curriculum we’ve used in our homeschool.  Full of captivating experiments and activities, it teaches children all about the building blocks of science.

6.  Apologia Educational Ministries’ What on Earth Can I Do?

This wonderful curriculum talks about purpose and meaning in a child’s or an adult’s life, and gives many examples from history of individuals who made a huge difference in not only their own life or others’, but in the world at large.  Watch for my review of this curriculum later this month!

7.  Logic of English’s Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive-Complete Set

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Who would ever have expected that a handwriting curriculum could rank in a top ten list?  But Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive definitely does!  It transformed not only my son’s feelings about handwriting, but it simplified the process for him.  It’s truly fantastic.


Jason Gibson’s videos and worksheets are clear, substantive and easy to understand.  We’ll definitely be using his curricula again in higher math!

9.  Victus Study Skills System

Do your children need help in goal-setting and effective study skills?  This fantastic curriculum will not only assist them in improving those two, but in crafting a vision for their futures.  We’ll be referring to this one again and again!

10.  WriteShop Junior

We’ve only just started this one….and I’ll be publishing a review on it later in June.  But I can already tell that this amazing writing curriculum will sharpen Jackson’s writing skills and abilities, in a hugely enjoyable fashion!

And….my Plus One!

+1.  I had the incredible experience to join the launch team for my friend Bonnie Rose’s book/curriculum, Asia:  Its People and History.  Bonnie Rose’s wonderful book does everything I want a curriculum to do:  introduce me to new people and places; expand my understanding of the world; provide wonderful story and interesting experiences which will unfold the world for my son.  This book does all of that, and also deals with heartbreaking situations tenderly.  If you’re looking for a wonderful resource on Asia, Asia:  Its People and History is definitely worth a look!

Read about other Crew members’ favorites starting Wednesday, May 21, at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!

Enjoy!  –Wren


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