The curriculum sources listed below are commonly used. This is by no means a complete list; however, if you are new to homeschooling, it is a list that should be helpful. Before buying anything, talk with other homeschooling parents to get their recommendations as children have different learning styles. Ask your church school administrator for recommendations. You may also want to consider going to the Alabama homeschool convention in the summer. You can attend the meetings for information and encouragement or simply go to the curriculum hall. Vendors from all major publishers are there and you can look at the books before making decisions. Convention information will be on the Christian Home Educators of Alabama website www.chefofalabama.org. All prices listed are approximate.
Complete Grade Curriculum Packages
Publishes several types of curriculum as well as an online academy:
Alpha Omega Academy-online academy, K-12, tuition varies by grade, number of courses
Monarch-online curriculum 3-12, $450 for 5 subjects, individual subjects $100
Switched on Schoolhouse-computer based curriculum, 3-12, $450 for 5 subjects, individual $100
Lifepac-worktexts, K-12, $90-300 depending on grade level
Horizons-worktexts, Preschool-12, doesn’t have all subjects in upper grades, varied pricing
The Weaver Curriculum-PreK-12, unit based on biblical theme, varied pricing
Bob Jones University Press
Often used in Christian schools. Can purchase complete grade package for parent and student or individual subject and teacher’s guide. Textbook/workbook/tests available.
Complete grade $140-500 + Parent Guides $250-540
Distance Learning Online with books $600-999
Homeschool DVDs or Hard Drive with books $800-1000
BJU Press is largest provider of SAT and Iowa Achievement Tests for homeschooled students (parents may purchase tests but students must be tested by BJU approved local tester).
Literature based curriculum. Designed so that students close in age could study same history and/or science while studying other subjects on individual grade level. Can purchase whole grade with teacher’s guides or individual subjects. Uses literature that can often be found in public library (great reading lists even if the whole curriculum isn’t used). Designed specifically for homeschooled students. Full grade packages $285-800
Single Subject Curriculum
Single Subject Curriculum
Apologia Educational Ministries
Primarily science curriculum but also offer or recommend a few other subjects. Has K-6 and Middle to High School science courses. High School courses are well suited for college prep. Written for homeschool classroom. Can purchase lab materials from other source or many labs use commonly found items. Textbook/tests. Varied pricing on individual books, tests, and lab materials.
Math program for K-12. Often used in public and Christian schools. Homeschool packet contains test materials. Placement test available. Varied pricing on individual books, homeschool packets.
Curriculum for Classical Method
Parents and students meet once a week for programs facilitated by a trained parent-director. Classes are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. The three programs are grade divided into Foundations (K4-6), Essentials (7-8), and Challenge (9-12). Fee for enrolling and books are various prices.
Curriculum by grade following the classical education model. Books are various prices.
Veritas Press Scholars Academy-online accredited academy. Tuition up to $3,400 per year.
Online Single Courses
Pennsylvania Homeschool Association
AP Classes-various subjects for high school coursework to prepare for AP exams. $600 up per course plus required books for course.
The Potter’s School
Online interactive live classes. Family registration fee $60. 5th-12th
$200-600 per course.