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February 26, 2011

Back when my kids were younger, I always longed for a special library where I could sit, with a cup of tea, and look at all the interesting homeschool curriculum I heard other families were using. Money was tight, time was limited, and it was hit-or-miss with what I could find at the used curriculum fairs.

Over the years I collected quite a library of homeschool material. With both boys now done with homeschool and college, I decided it was time to embrace my library dream. Based on the premise that it-takes-a-village to educate a child, my hope has been to create a virtual-community resource that supports homeschooling parents of all philosophies and backgrounds.

When I first launched this curriculum database in 2011, I listed general information about secular and Christian educational material used throughout the homeschool community. I was interested in posting items not normally found on other homeschool curriculum sites – especially items geared for gifted children as well as those with special learning needs. Curriculum reviews from individual homeschool parents began to be submitted.

In November 2013, I decided it was time to start updating the more than 750 listings to include my comprehensive reviews of each item, while still having parents like you share their personal opinions about what worked – or didn’t work – with each curriculum product. The website update is a big job, but it’s getting done, little by little.

I hope you’ll take the time to leave reviews of your favorite homeschool curricula. Let us know a little bit about your child and why something worked well for your family – or, why it wasn’t the best purchase you made.

Together, we can create our own virtual library, of sorts, and share in the collective wisdom of the wonderful community of homeschoolers.

Have a question or want to suggest a listing? You can e-mail me at info @ handinhandhomeschool.com.



  • Julie February 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Here’s some more I’d be happy to review: Reading Reflex, Barton Reading and Spelling, and Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments.

  • admin February 27, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for the suggestions. I still have over 100 listing to post and am always happy to add more to the list. I’ll take a look at Dream Box, Thames and Kosmos Power. You can take a look at http://curriculum.handinhandhomeschool.com/?p=688 to see if it’s the Elements program you used.

  • Gwyn Ridenhour February 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I have used a couple of resources that aren’t listed on your website (congratulations, by the way; this site is wonderful!). For math, we’ve used the online program DreamBox, as well as Khan Academy. In chemistry, we’ve used Elements of the Universe, and for writing, we’ve been using National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). We’ve also used the Thames and Kosmos Power House and Chem 1000 sets. If you would like reviews on any of these resources, I’m happy to give them.