Since I’ve already mentioned the sale at Alpha Omega Publications I decide to share what curriculum we use.
We have used many workbooks bought from Sam’s, Wal-Mart and book stores. Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills was a favorite in the younger ages. We’ve used both individual subject workbooks and combination subject workbooks.
For a couple of years we used Weaver from Alpha Omega Publications. It is a unit based curriculum which was a totally different style then we had used before. The children enjoyed the extra activities and the fun things but due to the wide age ranges they didn’t care to all sit together and work on the subject matter as a group. The faster ones wanted to move on and the slower/younger ones had trouble keeping up. That style probably works much better if you have children close in age and not too separated in ability. I decided I’m just really not a good unit study person. 🙁 I have Weaver Volume 1 and Volume 2 plus all the stuff in immaculate condition if someone is interested. Shipping would be a major issue since this is several large notebooks.
Throughout highschool we have mostly used the Alpha Omega Publications SOS. This is computer based but doesn’t require the children to be online. They work from CD’s or the program can be totally installed so that it doesn’t require CD’s for each subject. You can network computers such that the curriculum is on one computer and the other computer can work off of it. This way I can see the school work or even grade it on my laptop while another child is sitting at the main computer doing their school. Now granted it takes a little computer know how to network and keep it up and running. But since my Mr. IT works fulltime now I’ve found my 15 year old daughter is able to handle the installation and the computer kinks. Just for some reason moma is clueless. 🙁
The kids like the instant feedback of knowing what problems are wrong and being able to move on ahead. Parents still grade written (typed-out) answers and reports. Plus there is always the occasional misgraded problem or more often mistyped answer that must be dealt with. Mom likes the reusable curriculum and calculating grades and assigning the workdays so that the curriculum spaces appropriately for the number of school days.
But of course when we get right to the truth of the matter the children learn much more just by being avid readers and by actually living life day-to-day. The curriculum fills in some gaps and meets the state requirements. 🙂
So what do you use and why? Feel free to add links to your favorites.