Does a traditional package homeschool curriculum solve your teaching challenges? When choosing a curriculum there are a few questions that you need to honestly ask yourself:
- How comfortable do you feel about this subject, level, or type?
- How involved do you want to be?
- Is the curriculum within your homeschool budget?
Answers to these questions will help you narrow down your choices of packaged curriculum.
3 Popular Traditional Package Homeschooling Curriculums:
Listed below are quick reviews of three popular homeschooling curriculums in textbook format. While each curriculum has its strengths, there are meaningful differences.
The parent involvement is nearly equal between the 3 curriculum providers, ranging from 15 minutes – 30 minutes per subject.
www.abeka.com Abeka is a complete packaged curriculum that is a traditional method. The package includes student and teacher books for each subject. The lessons outlined exactly what the parent will teach each day. The complete grade package includes math, language, spelling, reading, science, history/social studies, and health. This curriculum is a great place to start especially when coming out of the public school system. Abeka provides the parent a quality curriculum that helps with the transition.
Our Abeka Experience:
We used Abeka from Grades 1-3. It is a good solid curriculum especially for the new homeschooler. Their phonics program is one of the best. I attribute my daughter’s strong reading ability to the Abeka Phonics Program. While we changed our math, science, reading, and health after 3rd grade, we continued to use the language workbook until 5th grade.
Cost of Abeka curriculum
Approximately $370 to $600 depending on the grade plus $100 or more for manipulatives and charts, which can be creatively made at home.
Bob Jones University Press (BJU)
www.bjupresshomeschool.com Bob Jones University Press is a complete package curriculum that uses the traditional method. The package includes a student and teacher books for each subject. It is good for the parent who is comfortable with more traditional teacher textbooks rather than homeschooling teacher textbooks.
Our BJU Experience
We used the Grade 6 Spelling, English, and Science. We dropped the Spelling after 12 weeks and moved to Spelling Power. We continued with the English Writing and Grammar and the Science until the end of the year. It was okay, but the teacher books are written to be used in a school.
Cost of Bob Jones University Press
Example Grade 6 $737.00
Alpha Omega Publications (AOP)
Note: AOP Horizons is not a complete curriculum but worth reviewing.
www.aophomeschooling.com AOP Horizons product line is geared toward the traditional method. There is a student and teacher book for each subject. The student workbooks are colorful and a bit more advanced than others with the exception of Abeka. One challenge with Horizons product line is that many subjects only go up to 3rd grade. In addition, a parent would need to add a language arts (grammar), science, history, geography, art and music to the 3rd grade curriculum. Horizons Math does continue to Algebra.
Our AOP Horizons Experience
We really liked the Horizons math for Grade 5. The student workbook is colorful and fun while learning the basics. The math is broken into two workbooks, which is actually a really nice feature. The workbooks do not become cumbersome to the student.
Cost of AOP Horizons
Example: Grade 3 $310.00 with current prices. Please note: For Grade 3, one would need to add Language Arts (Grammar), Science, History/Social Studies, Geography, Art and Music to have a comprehensive program.
Is Traditional Method for You?
The Traditional method of homeschooling is great for the parent who wants to stay close to the traditional schoolroom teaching. It can be a more comfortable entry into homeschooling for the new homeschooler. However, the traditional workbook method can be frustrating to some students due to the emphasis of worksheets and fill in the blanks.
Some parents stay with the traditional method throughout their entire homeschooling experience. However, many homeschooling parents will explore other curriculum, as they feel comfortable with their abilities to homeschool. If you are new to homeschooling, visit a curriculum fair to see if Traditional method is for you and your student.
Note: All the curriculum providers listed below have online schools or Distance Learning. Those programs will be mentioned in the article regarding Online Schools.
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