Here are my top pics for homeschooling middle school. Remember, I don’t subscribe to one certain school of thought when it comes to homeschool. Have you heard of eclectic style homeschooling? That’s us. We take months off at a time for road trips sometimes and are pretty structured at other times. And everything in between, too. We are definitely nature inspired and spend more time outside than in, that is one area we are very consistent in. Our lack of structured science attests to that fact. I do, however, believe in strong reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Now that my middle child is Middle School age and my oldest is in High School, I feel like I can strongly recommend the following resources:
- Shurley English (I come back to this again and again. I just love how the script is straight forward, the lessons build on eachother and they are easy to understand and the concepts seem to stick in the child’s mind. Also, the way the writing lessons are taught is exactly what my child needs, very specific writing instruction.)
- Wordly Wise (the kids don’t love doing the lessons, but they are worth while and of good quality.)
- EdCon Publishing, Bring the Classics to Life. I like these for reading comprehension and my kids seem to like them. They are not Living Books as they have been rewritten for the kids.
- Handwriting Without Tears Cursive
- Spectrum Spelling and Phonics. I don’t love this, but it’s better than the other Spelling courses I’ve tried.
- Oakmeadow as a backbone has worked for us for 6th grade. I add in some Shurley English, like 2 or 3 lessons most weeks. I also don’t use Wordly Wise with this as it has it’s own vocab pulled from the daily reading.
- Earthschooling-I have used some of their block lessons for math and really like them. I will be purchasing some supplemental Language Arts stuff for Kaleb, too. I can’t help it, I think I’m a curriculum junkie!
I will post math & history resources in another blog.