The cool thing about homeschooling is that you can use what works and throw out what doesn't work. You do not need school board approval when choosing your classroom materials! Kara has purchased seven or more math curriculums and an equal number of English curriculums. She tries them out and sees if they fit Bentley, Jake or Viva. Are they academic enough? Do the children like them? Is the course too dull? Does the course take up too much time--ours or the children's?
The children use one or two workbooks--grammar books, for instance:
They use textbooks such as Saxon math:
They do online courses:
Or listen to TED talks for kids (excellent material!):
They have lessons with their mom:
We do weekly science lessons:
And occasional art lessons using a video course:
And they read, read, read:
They also help out by taking turns playing with their younger siblings:
Bentley, Jake, and Viva are well ahead of their public school peers academically. As far as socialization goes (the most asked question of homeschooling families is BUT WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION?), our children are being socialized to live, work and play in multi-aged groups which is how everyone outside of the public schools lives and works. The only place where it is important for a child to be able to get along with twenty-five other six year olds is inside a first grade classroom. Avoid such classrooms and the need to be so socialized is taken away. It really is that simple.