Eclectic Homeschooling Curriculum Review: Alpha Omega and More!

by Sandra Kriley
(Cowansville, PA)

Gabrielle Kriley

Gabrielle Kriley

Many homeschool families, like this busy mom, like eclectic homeschooling because they can use a number of resources from different publishers...

This is the first year using Alpha Omega home school curriculum, Switched-On Schoolhouse. Thus far I love it so much more than cyber-school. My oldest is in 5th grade and 6th grade math. She has Bible, Math, History, Language Arts, and Science. I love the teacher aspect. I am able to see the answers to help her understand what she is doing wrong or right. The highlighter while reading will help her study for upcoming tests. The games are awesome, so it helps her interact through gaming.

We are using Skills for Success Human Body by Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company is an easy way of learning about the human body. I will be homeschooling a 1st and 5th grader. The Human Body book for 2-3 grade/4th-6th grade are laid out the same, just one is more in-depth. However, I can conduct the Health at the same time of day.

We have chosen Sign Language Conversation (Garlic Press). It has such great detailed motion illustrations (makes it so easy to read and understand). My three girls are enjoying learning, including my 4 year old.

My 1st grader is using 100 Write-and-Learn Sight Word (Scholastic) for Spelling. We have chosen Kid Writing
because she really enjoyed learning this program in public school Kindergarten. She is able to express her creativity with Kid-Writing. We are using Jump Start Computer Cd for language arts also.

We have chosen Down to Earth Geography (Teacher Created Resources). This program has a cd-rom included with printable pages and maps. We are so excited to introduce her to the outside world. How exciting!

Math 1 is so exciting; so much to learn, addition, subtraction, and fractions. We get to cook a lot and incorporate home economics with Math.

We will also be using American Education Publishing The Complete Book of Animals, Early Concepts Science Concepts, Animals From Every Continent, pull out storybooks, games and activities.

Our girls are very involved with their local 4-H chapters. They are currently showing horses, as well as starting to raise pigs. They are joining a 4-H variety club, in order to expand their opportunities to learn more about life.

Hey Sandra! Sounds like you and your children are going to have a fantastic year – thanks for sharing your eclectic homeschooling style with us. I do have one question: the Math 1 curriculum you mention, can you tell us who publishes it? Blessings, Heather :)

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