First of all, to those who say, "Oh, I could never be like you and homeschool! I just don't have the _________ (list excuse here such as patience, time, money...)", YES YOU CAN.
I believe that if you want something bad enough, you are an intelligent person and you can figure it out If getting or keeping your child out of the public school system is a priority to you, you will make it work. I've know families where both parents work and still homeschool. So time really isn't the problem... It's how people choose to use their time is the key.
Am I coming on a bit strong? Maybe so. But I REALLY hate people comparing me to themselves. Homeschool moms (and dads) are not saints that you could never be. That's an excuse not to try in my book. Instead, we are real people doing our best for our kids, sometimes taking it one day at a time, making mistakes and learning along the way.
Now that we've covered that, have you ever thought that you would like to homeschool your child(ren) but just don't know where to start?
*Phew!* Glad we got that out of the way...Now let's move on.
Two "boxed" curriculum I have used in the past that I've been very happy with:
- Christian Liberty - (25% off Christian Liberty Press books thru 05-07-12!) I love, love, love this organization! The staff are helpful and their prices are extremely reasonable. When I first started homeschooling, I did use their CLASS plan. It's great if you want or need accountability. You do mail in completed workbooks and tests and receive report cards for your records. I found for us that by giving the kids an annual CAT (California Achievement Test) that I was able to purchase from Christian Liberty, I didn't feel like I needed a report card for the kids. Plus for us, I wanted a little more flexibility. But it was a great place to start for us. My sister-in-law has used their curriculum from K-12 for our nephew who is just graduating this year and he is one extremely smart dude.
- Alpha-Omega Life Pac - (20% off & free shipping in April!) We really enjoyed using Life Pac, but felt that all the workbooks were a bit cumbersome for us. This Christian-based curriculum is great if you have students who are self-starters and require a minimum of parental time. When I was working full-time, this was great and was definitely something that I needed in a curriculum. Also if your kids have to take their school work places with them, the little booklets for each subject make them easy and light to carry.
- Sonlight. Sonlight, like Christian Liberty and Alpha-Omega, is a Christ-based curriculum that is "literature rich" (definition: lots and lots of books). If you look at this and think that this is the curriculum for you but money is tight, most if not all of the reading books may be found at your local library. As a tax paying citizen, I feel like why should I buy the book twice, you know?