In the past there were not a lot of options available for homeschool parents, however, as homeschooling has gained momentum the resources for homeschool families has soared! There are many different methods of homeschooling available to families to chose from. I encourage you to dig into the different styles of homeschooling and see which ones appeal to you. Finding a style you like will help you in looking at different curriculum options.
You will find that curriculums usually fall into one of the following categories:
1. Online homeschooling: Classes are all taught online (some in a live classroom and others that are prerecorded) A few examples of this would be: Alpha Omega Publications (AOP), Veritas, or Memoria Press. Some families use these classes exclusively while others pick and chose a class or two for their students to do online while the majority of the teaching is done at home. Online classes are an excellent way to handle courses you don't feel confident in teaching yourself or for classes like foreign language!
2. Unit Studies: is a form of learning where your family will learn about a topic of interest and study it from many different angles. For example taking one time period of history and learn about the history that surrounds that time, what scientific discoveries happened around that time period, artists and composers from that time period, literature written during the time period and really the sky is the limit on how far you dig into the interstate's of study. A few examples of this style of teaching would be Five in a Row, Notgrass History, or Tapestry of Grace
3. Classical: is a form of learning based around the 3 stages of learning - grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In these 3 stages of learning the focus is on the child's cognitive learning development at that stage. Memorization of facts, critical thinking, debate, and studying the greats of the past are just a few things you will find in classical curriculums. A few examples of classical curriculums are Classical Academic Press and Memoria Press.
4. Charlotte Mason: Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived in the early 1800's. She created her own style of schooling. The Charlotte Mason way includes learning through living books rather than text books, nature study, character habits, studying fine ares in composers, poets, and artists. A few examples of classical curriculums are Simply Charlotte Mason and Sabbath Mood Homeschool.
5. Traditional: is a way of homeschooling at home that uses mostly text books or workbooks and is similar to an education you would be given in a private Christian school. A few examples of these types of curriculums would be Bob Jones, Abeka, and, Accelerated Christian Education.
These are just a few options to get you started. Make sure you take a look at the Resources page too. Here we share all our experiences with curriculums we have used and love!