Parent Involvement: Moderate

Mapping the World With Art

Mapping the World With Art (which was written as an alternative curriculum to Mapping the World By Heart) is one of the most popular homeschool geography curriculums on the market. The concept is simple and easy to implement: Read a 2-page mini-history lesson on mapmaking and then draw a map about the historical and geographical region. For the less artistic, you can watch 6 hours of instructional DVDs to help with the drawing and painting portions of the lesson. As you work your way through 30 history and art lessons, you get a sense of time and place in the Read more

Pocketful of Pinecones

Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning is not so much a homeschool curriculum, as it is one-part Charlotte Mason method teacher’s guide and one-part inspirational writing for the mother who adores homemaking and raising her children. Written as a fictional memoir of a homeschooling mother from the 1930s, Pocketful of Pinecones presents over 50 different vignettes in the gentle art of mothering and patience that can lead to profound levels of learning in children. The book focuses on the simple explorations of life that happen naturally everyday, such as children crawling through bushes and creating Read more

Philosophy for Kids

Philosophy for Kids: 40 Fun Questions That Help You Wonder About Everything, written by David A. White, is aimed at children 10 and up but could easily be used with somewhat younger gifted children, depending on verbal skills and their ability to think abstractly. The book is broken down into four sections: 1- Values (ethics) 2- Knowledge (epistemology) 3- Reality (metaphysics) 4- Critical thinking (logic) Each section is then divided into 10 questions. You have the option of reading through the chapters in order or jumping around through the book, following the kids’ interest, as the author suggests. Most chapters Read more

Math Doesn’t Suck

This isn’t your father’s math textbook. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to call it a math curriculum. But, if you’ve got a math-phobic kid who likes all things girly and is into pop culture then this might just be the book you need to get the learning done. Add in your own extra daily practice, like Key To workbooks, and, viola, you should be able to get that math credit onto your transcript, after all. An essential component of any good math curriculum is one that relates the lesson to a real life application. Author, Danica McKellar does just that Read more

Beast Academy

Let every math-loving family delight! The mathematicians behind the Art of Problem Solving have developed an elementary math curriculum. And, boy, will you love it! Beast Academy teaches through a bright, colorful, comic-book style Guide Book. And being a comic book about math, it’s full of smarty-pants type humor. Even though you’ll be giggling, the math is no laughing matter. You get thoughtful dialogue that really delivers age-appropriate instruction on advanced math topics. True to Art of Problem Solving form, students are challenged to tackle tough word problems by developing and practicing problem solving strategies – which is why this Read more

A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story

Not often will you get the advice to start reading a book on page 322, but that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you to do with A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story. There, you will find a Note from the Publisher, where parents get the straightforward scoop about this curriculum. I’m going to emphasize 2 points: 1. Students will work hard to finish this course. 2. Parents should expect to be part of the creative writing process. A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story is a workbook written for students. Switching between the narrative voice of Read more