Favorite Homeschool Resources for the New Year

Favorite Homeschool Resources for the New Year


One of my favorite things to do is talk curriculum with homeschooling friends. If you do too, I think you’ll love this list of top picks from other homeschoolers in the Educents community. You may discover a new resource or decide to give something you’d checked out before a second look.

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Emily of Smith Squad recommends the Life of Fred books.

“As a child, I always hated math, even though I was good at it because it was soon boring. When I heard about Fred, I knew he had to be a part of our homeschool. My kids absolutely LOVE when it’s math time, and they are learning a ton about how to apply math to every day practical situations.”

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Lisa Marie of The Canadian Homeschooler uses the Writecraft and Mathcraft Units.

“The writing portion of this resource was the first time EVER that my oldest son ever willing wrote anything! He was excited to write instead of hating it.”


Allison of Just Add Coffee loves the Magic School Bus Science Experiments.

“I absolutely love Magic School bus and all it has to offer. Each month you get a different science kit to take a Magic School Bus adventure. If you search really hard, online you can even find curriculum to go with each science kit and the episode from the television series.”

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Lisa of Chickens and Bunnies Homeschool loves the Life of Fred Elementary Books.

“My favorite resource at Educents at the moment is Life of Fred. There are so many to choose from I picked the Elementary Series. My kids love these books; we have them up to high school now. My most recent order was Life of Fred Chemistry. My kids will do these without arguing and love Fred and Kingie!”


Celena of The Traveling Sisterhood recommends the Times Tales Multiplication videos.

“I love Times Tales because it’s made this year’s math lessons so much easier! My kiddos quickly mastered their multiplication tables in one sitting with the movie. It’s been such a blessing–instead of drills everyday, we can take more time to learn the actual concepts behind the facts!”

Times Tales Review



Kelly of Raising Samuels loves the Magic School Bus Science Club.

“The Magic School Bus Science Club is something your child gets in the mail each month, for a year! It includes numerous experiments per month, along with most of the materials required. (except household items such as scissors and tape). It is an incredible hands-on learning experience that helps children love science and have fun! My sons who are 4 and 6 absolutely love it!”

Amy of Busy Boys Brigade recommends the Life of Fred Beginning Readers.

“Life of Fred Early Readers series has been a game changer in our homeschool! Both my 6 & 4-year-old boys beg me to do their reading lessons now that we have added Life of Fred. I have noticed an increase in their fluency and comprehension.”

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Jenn of Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling also loves Times Tales.

“All three of my girls, ages 8 down to 4 loved watching this DVD and learning the stories. In 1 hour, both of my older girls had memorized their upper times tables! And the real kicker is I was only trying to teach one!”


Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans uses Learn to Mod Minecraft with her son.

“Learn to Mod Minecraft is an amazing program that teaches my son, a Minecraft lover, important computer programming skills through a game he loves to play. The lessons are easy to use, fun and engaging. I love that he is a learning a skill that I am not able to teach him.”

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Tabitha of Life Learning Homeschool uses the King Tut Mini Unit.

“My son loves history (he gets it from me), and I love to throw in “extras” to feed the need for more than what our curriculum calls for. Mini-units are great for that, and this was one of our favorites because we both love Ancient Egypt!”


Amy from Not Your Average Homeschool Mom loves Minecraft Mod Design.

“I love that you can be totally creative, and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.”

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Kayla of The Arrowood Zoo loves using Magformers for lessons at home.

“I love that you can be totally creative and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.”


Shelly of Free Homeschooling 101 recommends the Violin Starter Set.

“The violin starter set includes everything a budding violinist needs to begin their studies. The instrument is well made and economical. The lessons that are included are a huge money saver!”

Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling likes Magformers.

“We LOVE Magformers in our homeschool! They are a high-quality toy that provide hours of creative play. They are a great way to bring the fun back into your homeschool; your kids won’t even realize they are learning all about structures and geometric shapes and architecture (bonus!).”

Teri of Mommy Wife Life recommends the Spectacular Space Unit Study.

“A great resource for young astronomers is the Spectacular Space Unit Study. From writing, reading, math, and crafts, this complete unit, with its simple terms, will spark the interest of even your preschoolers!”Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 2.09.22 PM


Jamie of Simple Homeschool loves Life of Fred too!

“I love the way the math is naturally integrated into Fred’s life, showing the importance of it in day-to-day life. The chapters are laugh-out-loud funny, and I often get asked to read “just one more.” I’ve never been a huge fan of math workbooks and worksheets, so the combination of math and story is a major win in my books!”

Gabriella, Homeschooling Consultant, recommends the Number Formation Poems.

“We have these cards laminated because we know they’ll be used for years to come. My son, who learns best through rhyme and tactile input, is learning to write digits using these easy-to-remember number formation poems! I have reduced the size of the cards, added a ring binder, and now have a portable number set. We also use the cards for matching games and learning about quantity. Such a great price for all of the value provided by this set.”





What homeschool resource did you use this year that you would recommend? Leave your recommendation in the comments!!

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Our 6 Favorite Curriculum Picks for This School Year

Our 6 Favorite Curriculum Picks for This School Year

Our Top Six Homeschool Curriculum PicksIf you’re anything like me, you love to find out what other homeschoolers are using for curriculum. These are my favorite picks for the year, but don’t stop here. Check out the iHomeschool Not Back to School Blog Hop for more great lists!

God's Design for Science

#1 God’s Design for Science

We use Apologia for junior and senior high, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with God’s Design for Science. Last year we did the chemistry set. This year we are using the biology set. I had an excellent science education and I am learning right along with my children. The lessons are short and fascinating. The experiments are straightforward. As I’m using this curriculum with my younger kids and a friend’s, I need to keep things simple. Looking forward to dissecting a starfish this year!

Life of Fred fractions

#2 Life of Fred Math

My oldest used Life of Fred Fractions in elementary school and I still have the older series of books. All of the kids will be using Life of Fred for the first time this year. I think they will all enjoy following Fred’s antics. I have an interview with the author of Life of Fred, Stanley Schmidt, coming up later this month on The Homeschool Sanity Show. You won’t want to miss it!

Mystery of History2#3 Mystery of History

We originally used Konos for history and I missed the chronological view. When a friend told me about Mystery of History, I fell in love with it. I went all the way through graduate school without ever taking a world history course, so it’s been a gift. We are on our second time through the series, using volume II again this year. I’m looking forward to having my freshman in high school do extra reading plus the quizzes this year to take it up a notch.

Teaching the Classics

#4 Teaching the Classics

This is the second time I will be using IEW’s Teaching the Classics with my own and a friend’s kids. Each of the children chose a classic title and another title they would like to read, so it should be interesting. I recently bought the younger kids a kindle to use for reading and plan to have them listen to the books via Audible as well. That’s how I plan to fit all my reading in anyway! I’m excited to have the kids do a presentation on their favorite book we read at the end of the year.

Movies as Literature

#5 Movies as Literature

This year we have a mix of students in our high school co-op. We’ll have two juniors, three freshman, and an eighth grader. It was hard to come up with a class that the olders haven’t taken that wouldn’t be too challenging for our eighth and ninth graders. Movies as Literature to the rescue. The other moms in our co-op are excited and will be sharing the teaching responsibilities. I am looking forward to having an excuse to watch a number of classic movies.


#6 Classical Conversations – Foundations

I’ve written about how we use Classical Conversations at home and a huge reference of available resources for those using Classical Conversations. But I’m still excited about it. We are going to be doing Cycle 2 (Yes, I know everyone else is on Cycle 3 this year), but I love that it will be all new material to us. I also have so many great ideas for expanding on the memory work.

What are your favorite picks for this year?

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