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Movies as Literature is a secular one year high school level course that is designed to teach elements of literary analysis.  Classic movies are used to teach concepts.  Questions for discussion and writing are included.  Read more about it here.

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aaspelling

All About Spelling 4.71/5 (1)

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A step by step multisensory spelling program.  It comes with a step by step manual for the parent and spelling tiles for the child to use.  Read more about it at the All About Spelling website.

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Comment: It is a great program, but it wasn't the best fit for my son's learning style. I think he will do better with a spelling program based on patterns rather than rules.

It is a step by step program that tells you exactly what to do and say.
My son didn't like the multi sensory component - the tiles. He grew quite bored with the program.

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areason

A Reason for Spelling 5/5 (1)

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A Reason for Spelling is a Christian-based spelling program for grades 1-6.  Read more about it at ChristianBook.com.

Dawn

Comment: I recommend this series to everyone. We have so many wonderful memories built around our spelling lessons.

We've used this series for 8 years with 4 children in Pre-K thru 6th

This is a wonderful curriculum for spelling. It's thorough and very easy to use. My daughters LOVE the stories that begin each week's lesson. As a matter of fact, my oldest (now 10th grade) will join in each week to hear me read the stories to her younger sisters and still laughs because we cry through many of the heart touching tales:) One of my daughters is dyslexic and this series is so easily adaptable to her needs. My children enjoy their spelling lessons and I enjoy that I don't feel bogged down by them.

I really don't see any cons with this series. We totally LOVE it:)

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bobbooks

Bob Books 4.71/5 (3)

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Bob Books are a series of books designed to guide your child from pre-reading to early reading skills.  Read more about the program at ChristianBook.com.

Trish

Comment: Love Bob Books! I used them in Kindergarten for one year. Affordable, easy to use, Kids love them! http://www.LiveAndLearnFarm.com

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Melissa V

Comment: Worked beautifully! My 4&5 year old boys used them to learn to read. We did no other program and by the end of the year they were reading them with out a problem! Right now they are in 1st grade and are reading the directions to their workbooks and doing the work all on their own. LOVE Bob books!!!!

Used in Pre- kinder to kindergarten for 1 year. They are short and sweet! Great stories and cute pictures. Kids loved the humor.

1 con: Books are too small.

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Justine

Comment: Used in PreK-K. It builds reading confidence.

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avko

AVKO’s Individualized Spelling 4.71/5 (1)

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AVKO’s Individualized Spelling covers over 5000 of the most important words to learn to spell.  They are organized in the order of difficulty.  Each word corresponds to a pattern of English spelling and can be looked up in AVKO’s huge e-book Patterns of English Spelling to find more words with the same pattern to help your child learn missed patterns.  Read more about it on AVKO’s website.

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

Comment: After using many spelling programs, this one is the first one that works for my son. He tended to keep misspelling words from other programs. This curriculum has shown a big improvement in his spelling skills that carries over to his everyday writing.

Used it for about a year for my 4th grader.

Spelling words are arranged in order of difficulty. It is inexpensive and best of all - it works!

Sentences for the words are designed for adult learners, but nothing is inappropriate for kids. I have to keep track of missed words on a separate sheet of paper.

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tapestry

Tapestry of Grace 4.43/5 (2)

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Tapestry of Grace is a classical Christian history-based guided unit study approach for Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Read more about it at the Tapestry of Grace website.

Sheri Payne

Comment: Used K-12 for a total of seven years so far.

Covers the humanities very, very well, using real living books and bringing it together weekly in a Socratic discussion. Covers history chronologically, which helps students see how history in different part of the world affect each other. Also covers literature, geography, timeline, art, music, church history, worldview, government, and philosophy. Has lots of different ways to choose to cover the subjects, which makes it very flexible for all learning styles.

Does take a little while to figure out how to use, and how to plan your week, but it is so worth it.

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Michelle

Comment: I have used it with kindergarten through 8th grade so far, which means I've taught students at the Lower Grammar, Upper Grammar, and Dialectic levels.

You can do as much or as little with this as you want. The biggest pro for this is that all my kids are learning the same time period at appropriate age levels. At the Lower Grammar level, we essentially do projects and read alouds (both fiction and non-fiction). For my soon-to-be high schooler, we will be covering history, literature, writing, worldview, and possibly government. There are also arts options for each learning level.

I have also found ways to maximize my budget by using my local library for some of the resources rather than having to purchase everything. At the grammar levels, it is quite easy to substitute books of a similar subject if your library doesn't have the exact title, too.

It is initially teacher-intensive as you figure out how to make the "buffet" of options work for your family...but it is worth i

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amandabennett

Amanda Bennett’s Unit Studies 5/5 (1)

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Amanda Bennett’s Unit Studies come in a variety of topics such as trains, space, pioneers, oceans, photography, baseball, or American Government.  Read more about them at Amanda Bennett’s website.

Rhonda P

Comment: Horses, Oceans, Elections, Birthday, Photography, Sailing Ships, American Government; Used in 5th & 6th grades

Amanda Bennett\'s unit studies were an easy transition for us from public school to homeschool. I did not like textbooks and was interested in unit studies, but didn\'t want to spend a full semester/year on one subject like the others unit studies I researched suggested. These unit studies were only 4 weeks long and she made it easy by including assignments for the upper and lower levels from day1 week 1 all the way through day 5 week 4.

I must also add that we were at Myrtle Beach while working on the Ocean unit study and it didn\'t feel like school!

These unit studies are well organized, user friendly, and can be used for all grades and ability levels. They also include a long list of book ideas for each study as well as wonderful ideas for family projects. You have to make sure you choose a subject that your child(ren) is interested in because sailing ships

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fiveinarow

Five in a Row 4.57/5 (2)

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Five in a Row is a series of literature-based unit studies designed to create a love for learning.  Social studies, science, art, language, and math are incorporated into the lessons.  It is available at different age levels:  Before Five in a Row (Age 2-4), Five in a Row (Age 4-8), Beyond Five in a Row (Age 8-12), and Above and Beyond Five in a Row (12 and up).  Read more about it at the Five in a Row website.

Lis Penney

Comment: My All-Time Favorite Start for Homeschooling! Used in PreK-6th or 7th grade.

The link brings you to a review I did of FIAR in 2009~ Love, Love, Love it! http://acornsnuggetsofgold.blogspot.com/2009/03/five-in-rowfiar-volume-3.html

Good for all learning styles Relaxed, conversational Kids remember what they are taught because it is within the context of "story" Generates a love for learning and literature, art, science, history~
Creates precious family memories (Snuggling up on the couch, reading good books~ what could be better?) Can be very inexpensive~ if using books from the library...

Sometimes it's hard to find an Out of Print book, but Purple House Press is doing their best to bring those titles back into print~ so this is becoming less of an issue. It certainly isn't a reason to NOT purchase, because the number of books that are OOP are negligible, compared to the benefit of the entire program.

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pandahoneybee

Comment: Used in 1st grade for one year.

Great Literature based program, we found a lot of stories that we now consider classics at our house. There is a lot of prep work I found if you wanted to give your child a well-rounded curriculum. Some of the books were unavailable, which are too bad really they looked like good books. But overall I would suggest it to anyone who likes a storytime type setting for your child. Which we did! I didn't do any more years do to the fact that it was hard to find some of the later books and the not a lot from a secular point of view.

Great Literature based curriculum with lots of wonderful stories.
Lots of resources for your child to work with. Can be pricey if you can't find books at library (some are out of print) Not very secular, some books were and but several were not.

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sonlight

Sonlight 3.86/5 (1)

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Sonlight covers history, geography, language arts, bible and science.  Math, Handwriting, and electives need to be added.  Sonlight has their favorites available on their website.

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

Comment: I used Sonlight when my son was in Kindergarten. It is a great curriculum to use when starting out. Aside from the language arts it was a good fit for us. I am continuing to use the readers with my second child. If you are looking for a literature based curriculum then this is for you! I wish it was more hands on though.

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spelltowriteandread

Spell to Write and Read 4.43/5 (1)

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Spell to Write and Read is a curriculum designed to teach spelling, reading, and phonics for the first 4 to 6 years of schooling.  It can also be used to remediate poor skills.  Read more about it on Amazon.

Yvonne Ferlita

Comment: We love this program! It is the only program that consistently worked for all my children. Before beginning the program, I had a sixth grader wo spelled at a second grade level. With Spell to Write and Read used with the WISE Guide to Spelling, my son improved three grade levels, and by the time he graduated high school he was spelling at college level. My other children, all natural spellers also benefited from the intensive and systematic approach and were spelling at college level by middle school.

One purchase covers 12 years of spelling instruction. I used in conjunction with The WISE Guide to Spelling by the same autor. The WISE Guide made the program much easier to use.

There is a learning curve in using the program. I read the manual cover to cover, and created my own spelling notebook before I began with my children. Took me about three weeks of self guided instruction before I began. It was a worthy investment of time!

Used for 6 years with multiple children for K-12 grade levels.

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