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As our children have grown and graduated beyond my preschool curriculum, we have tried several different educational sources.

1st Grade
     2nd Grade     3rd Grade     4th Grade     5th Grade

6th Grade     7th Grade     8th Grade

Extracurricular Activities

Throughout our homeschooling journey I have run across several products or websites which have made the process easier or more enjoyable. We hope that you will find these general resources to be useful also.

·        Tapestry of Grace

When our kids were in grades 1, 4, and 7 we began using a curriculum called Tapestry of Grace. TOG follows the “classical method” using a 4-year rotating cycle of Ancients, Middle Ages/Reformation, Early Modern and Modern. Based on a Christian worldview, this is the BEST curriculum I have ever used. Having all three of my girls using the same curriculum means that they all cover the same topics and subjects, but each grade level has age appropriate activities and expectations. Each Year Plan can be purchased in digital format (DE) as well as in print. You purchase the lesson plans (instructions) for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 and then use them over again as you go through each cycle. If you began this curriculum with your child in 1st grade you would go through the 4 year cycle 3 times before he graduates (going through Ancients in grades 1, 5, and 9). The reading books and reference materials will change with each grade level as you go through the curriculum, but you only have to purchase the lesson plans once. You can purchase additional pieces to go along with the curriculum for subjects like writing/grammar, map work, etc. We added our own math and science for the older students and the Tapestry lesson plans provided instructions for everything else...including hands on projects!

 At first glance, it can be intimidating. I honestly looked at it for 3 years and didn’t think I could it, but I eventually figured out that each Year Plan has everything in it for grades 1-12 and I would never “do it all” in one year.   We have now worked with Year Plans 1, 2, and 3 and I can honestly say that we are solid in our decision to use this curriculum until our last child graduates from high school. You even have access to online help including other users and the authors through the Tapestry Forum on their website. Check it out by clicking here...


Text Box: Tapestry of Grace website


·        Little Giant Steps

“Empowering children to achieve their God-given potential.” Little Giant Steps helps all children by improving their ability to learn more efficiently by using neurological methodologies.

·        Learning Page

Learning Page provides a huge collection of professionally produced instructional materials you can download and print. Lesson plans, books, worksheets and much more. You can sign up (for FREE) and discover some wonderful printables.

·        Hold that Thought

Timelines – history and Bible events/characters. You do not even have to hang them on the wall! All of the timelines and copywork pages come in CD format and you print what you need.

·        VegSource

(although a vegetarian website, the homeschool board is not related)
Individuals selling new and used curriculum. Many people post every day so it can get overwhelming if you do not know what you are looking for. Better to have something in mind and then just scan the subject lines of the posts for what you need. “For Sale” posts are divided by grade level from Pre-K to College.

·        Singapore Math

(we used the US edition)
They offer more than mathematics, but we have only personally used the math. Our oldest daughter began using Singapore in 3rd grade and the middle child began in 1st (where she is now). Each child uses a textbook to discover and figure out the concepts and then the workbook to show they understand the concepts.




















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