Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy


This book was much better than I had thought!  Actually, I would have to say that this may just be MY FAVORITE homeschooling book.

This book asks the reader questions about why the want to homeschool and what their priorities are, how much they can spend, it raises many of the pertinent questions about homeschooling and asks the reader to consider all of them.  Then, this book asks questions and helps the reader identify their learning/teaching style.  And finally, this books explains the learning styles of children.  It goes beyond visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning; but I would have liked to see some more questions geared toward identifying your child's learning style.  I have however, found the following websites helpful in determining this:

After identifying both the parent's learning and teaching style and the child(ren)'s learning style, this book provides easy- to- read graphs of various curriculum available to homeschoolers and rates them according to all learning styles, educational philosophies (Charlotte Mason, etc.), amount of prep involved, amount of drilling, etc.  The graphs also show what levels each program encompasses and rates curriculum all the way through high school.

THEN this book takes it one step further and provides sample pages from some of the curriculum.

This book is an absolutely amazing resource for anyone seriously considering homeschooling.

I CAN NOT recommend it enough!