Online resources to help you select curriculum

Online resources to help you select curriculum

Episode 44: Online resources to help you select curriculum

In this episode, we look at 6 steps to use online resources to help you select curriculum that is a good fit for your child.

Please refer to episode 36 – Tips for buying and selling curriculum online to help you find the best prices for whatever curriculum you finally decide on

1. Offline brainstorming

Take a piece of paper and write down everything you can think of that can narrow down what you need. Think about earning style, what has/hasn’t worked in the past, whether they are likely to study this subject at college etc.

2. Online places to ask for advice

3. Reviews of curriculum

  • Once you have narrowed it down to a few options, Google the product’s name + “Review”. Take into account if it is a sponsored post or if the blogger received the curriculum free in exchange for a review.
  • Also, look at reviews on the product website if that is a feature (it is at our sponsor FundaFunda Academy where you can read what the student’s thought)
  • Look for video reviews on Youtube

4. Free trials and demos

Most companies do offer this – even the smaller ones. If you can’t find it on their page ask. SHOW your kids – get them involved at this point.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, has a demo classroom where you can see a module for each of their full-semester classes. You can find this on the home page or on the FAQs.

For their web-based unit studies, they offer a free “lite” version of their Intro to Game Programming” unit study. AND if you listen to the podcast before the end of July you will get a coupon to reduce the cost of the Around South America in 30 Days unit study to just $5 (from $20

5. Online curriculum fairs

These usually happen over the summer. Google to find them.

6. Keeping track of it all

As you research, store ideas and links in Evernote, a spreadsheet (like Google Sheets) or on Trello

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Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Episode 36: Tips for buying and selling curriculum online


If you are buying or selling curriculum online this summer, here are some tips to help you.

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Some places to buy and sell curriculum online

1. Facebook groups

Look for local groups first. A good national group is Homeschool Curriculum Marketplace (over 70 000 members)
Also look for groups that specialize in the curriculum you use eg Sonlight or classical homeschooling

2. Forums

If you are a member of a homeschool forum, see if they have a classified section. Well-trained Mind is the one I used.

3. Used curriculum websites

Homeschool Classifieds has an out-dated look to the website, but it works well and I have bought and sold a lot of curriculum there. You get a certain number of listings free. After that, you can pay, or share info on local field trips etc to earn extra credits.

4. Amazon and eBay

So many options on both these websites and you can often find real bargains. You will likely end up making less if you sell through them, but you are also more likely to make a sale because of their huge audience.

General Tips for Buying and Selling Curriculum Online

You will need to get a PayPal account for buying/selling on all the places listed above except Amazon

Create a spreadsheet and use it to record your research before you start buying and selling curriculum online. Keep track of the new price for the item, how much you see it selling it for, the date you buy/sell it, when it ships, how much profit you make, etc.

Tips for Selling Curriculum Online

Remember you will need to pay for postage (and fees if you sell on Amazon or eBay).

A postage scale can be a great investment

Get your kids involved. Either pay them an hourly rate or give them a cut of profits. They will learn real-world skills and you will get some help!

Save Amazon boxes and padded envelopes throughout the year.

Don’t sell single paperbacks – it just isn’t worth it. Bundle a few together, or state in your listing (if you are listing on a FB group) what the minimum amount you are willing to sell is. That way people can make their own bundles.

Take photos as post whenever that is an option as people like to see what they are getting.

If you plan to sell on eBay, I would suggest you list it as “Buy it Now”. You can see what your item usually sells at by setting the filter to “Buy it Now” and then scrolling down and on the left look for “Show only”. Check Completed Items and Sold Items and you can see what your item has sold at recently.

Tips for Buying Curriculum Online

To find the cheapest website selling used books, go to

But before you do that, if you have use Chrome or Firefox and have the Library Extension you may realize you can just borrow the book from your local library instead.

When you use eBay, I suggest selecting “Buy it now” unless you absolutely love the thrill of trying to win an auction.

If you know the item(s) you are wanting will be hard to find, start looking in May and buy as soon as you see. If you know there will be plenty available you can hold out until August when you might snag one for a better price as people get more desperate to sell.

Got more tips? Share them in the comments or in our Facebook group.

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Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body is great for ALL ages

Having multiple children in different grades, I have found that we really enjoy a curriculum that we can all use together. Science is one of those subjects that can easily be done with all ages if you have the right curriculum and guide to help you with that. If your children are interested in learning about the human body, you are going to enjoy using this study guide from Media Angels.

Look for a sample of the Creation Anatomy Study Guide below!
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Creation Anatomy: A Study Guide to the Miracles of the Body will help your entire family to learn about the wonderful systems in the body and how we are incredibly made. Your children will learn how to refute the errors of evolution by learning how the entire body system defies Darwin’s theory of evolution! The complexity of our bodies and how all the parts work together, point straight to God, the Intelligent Designer. It is so refreshing to teach science from a Creation Science, Christian World View and not worry about evolution!

This Creation Anatomy Study Guide makes teaching multiple ages very easy, and keeps science fun and engaging! The book includes easy to follow lesson plans with a teaching outline for grades K-12. There are outlines and lesson plans that are easy to plan as they are broken down by grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. There are over 300 activities and experiments that you can pick and choose from. I love how the Lesson Plans include a teaching outline for each day of the week and how to incorporate Bible time with scriptures, language arts, math history, music and art suggestions. There is also an empty planning page for you to record what you will be doing for that week, which makes it very easy to customize to pick and choose what you would like to do.

This series has even made Cathy Duffy’s 100 and 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum!

To make the book even more enriching, you are going to love the Hands-On Science Experiment Activity Pack. This packet has printables that you can copy for use with your whole family. There are printable vocabulary pages, experiments, notebooking pages, crossword puzzles and more. These would be great to create your very own Creation Anatomy science notebook. You can get this as an instant download in the Creation Bundle.

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HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens

This week on HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens.

 HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens We are discussing what to do when curriculum is a bad fit for your teens.

HSHSP Ep 133: How to Handle it When the Curriculum is Wrong for Your Teens

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym tackle the uncomfortable topic: What to do when you bought the WRONG curriculum for your teens?

What if you invested in a curriculum that YOU hate? or your homeschool high schoolers hate?

There are a few options, and they are good. Here’s how to handle it when the curriculum is wrong for your teens.

  • Remember: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school?
  • Remember: It’s okay to have options, so forsake your perfectionistic ideas about curriculum and your choices.
  • Remember: Some curriculum providers have a money-back guarantee (, for one)
  • Remember: Are you having a curriculum issue or an attitude issue. (Teens have to learn that they CAN do things they don’t want to do…moms, too! Sometimes teens have never truly hit this issue before. They had never truly hated a school subject before, but high school has required credits, even if teens DON’T like those credits.)
  • Remember: Ask yourself, is this ONE subject that your teen doesn’t like or is it ALL subjects? If it is all subjects, it may be other issues besides the specific curriculum? Ask yourself: Is this character, anxiety, health, self-care, wrong publisher?
  • Remember: Model flexibility, adaptability, willingness to change, humility for your teens.

Remember: Ask yourself if you have the wrong curriculum, for instance: a college-prep text for a non-college-bound teen? Why waste time, energy and self-image on unnecessary rigor in a textbook. That’s why 7Sisters curriculum is easily adaptable for college bound teens’ needs AND non-college-bound teens’ needs.

Here are concrete ideas:

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a lively discussion and enjoy these posts, too!

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Alphabet Smash and Lifeschooling – Christina Brown

Alphabet Smash and Lifeschooling - Christina BrownI was privileged to talk to friend and author Christina Brown about her homeschooling journey and why she created Alphabet Smash, a wonderful resource for preschoolers that focuses on one letter at a time and brings in multiple activities from various subject areas to teach the child about that letter and it’s sound. Christina is heavily involved in leadership in the homeschool community in Charlotte, NC, and she also spoke at and helped plan the Lifeschooling Conferences.

Christina  is a homeschool momma of three and the author of and Alphabet Smash.  Her work has been featured in Proverbs 31 Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Home Educator Family Times, Greenhouse and others.  She is a hopeless logophile and always brakes for yard sales.  She enjoys yoga, running, photography and wants to own some chickens! Her writing is inspired from her faith in Jesus Christ, adventures in NC with her Adventure Group, and her 25 year marriage to best friend, Richard.  She has homeschooled for more than 18 years, serves on the board of ZOE Teens, Co-Moderates CCHNet (Charlotte Christian Homeschool Network-the largest online support group in Charlotte), and serves as a Region 4 Liaison to NCHE. Christina’s passion is to encourage others to intentionally connect faith, family, and fun. You can connect with Christina on her website, www.AKAhomeschoolmom.

Here is what I talk to Christina about on this episode:

  • Christina, you are part of our Lifeschooling Conference team and a huge help to me every year on that event. And this year, you spoke at one of the workshop sessions. I know you’ve done some public speaking before. How was that experience?
  • How was your school experience?
  • Did you always want to homeschool?
  • How did you get started homeschooling?
  • Tell us about Alphabet Smash. What was the idea behind it? How and why did you write it ?
  • Give us an example of a letter of the week and tell us how you can incorporate music, Bible, math etc. into this curriculum.
  • Your talk for the 2017 Lifeschooling Conference was about being intentional. Can you define intentional for us? I also understand that your next goal is to write a book on that subject.  How is that process going?
  • How long have you homeschooled and do you have any that you have graduated yet?
  • What do you most want listeners to know?

If you would like to grab a copy of Christina’s book, Alphabet Smash, you can find it here.

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Introducing: FPEA’s Florida History Adventure+ Bundles

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Homeschooling in Florida? Don’t forget to include Florida History as part of your students curriculum. This may not be so easy! Until now! We are SUPER excited to offer our NEW Florida History Adventure+ Bundles! This episode we will go over some of the details you can look forward to with these Florida History Adventure+ Bundles.

Join us over the next 12 months and learn so much more about the state you live in. We will cover Florida History, but so much more. While these bundles will satisfy your your Florida History credit, these bundles will not just cover History, but will include so much more. Get out and explore some of the excursions we will have listed in the bundles. Science and Literature will be part of some of these bundles. These will be rich with information and many things for all ages to learn and do.

These bundles will include many different items for both young and older students! This bundle will fulfill your Florida History credit. We are making this awesome bundle available FREE to members! There will be a new bundle available each month.

Things you can expect to see in our bundles:

  • Florida History
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Each bundle will feature a related Florida field trip and local excursion suggestions. Some of these field trips will be FPEA excursions! And we hope you will join us. Some of the excursions will be suggested places to visit in Florida and in your local area.

We will also include a Road trip Tracker! Complete 7 of the field trips and there will be a special surprise for you at the 2019 Convention! Watch for more details on this later!

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How Should we Study Grammar in our Homeschool

LCP 6: How Should we Study Grammar in our Homeschool


Join Katie with the Literary Cafe Podcast for tips in How to study grammar in your homeschool #homeschool #homeschooling #grammar #language arts #english

Every homeschool mom eventually asks herself, “How should we study grammar in our homeschool? Should I use diagramming or not? How do I apply the grammar to learning how to write?”

Join Katie Glennon as she shares years of experience in her own teaching and homeschooling to answer these questions and provides easy to use tips and suggested resources to use in your homeschool.

Visit Katie’s website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage or her Facebook Group.

You’ll walk away more confident in tackling this sticky area of Language Arts.

How Should we Study Grammar in our Homeschool

How Should we Study Grammar in our Homeschool (PDF download for you to print)

Show Notes

How to Study Grammar in your Homeschool

Grammar Resources

Use your learner’s writing to assess what skills they need to review and practice each week.

Other review and practice for grammar skills can be found with these resources –

Diagramming –

Rod and Staff – (books go up to 8th grade, but the concepts and skills are up through high school work.) These books use diagramming and are very well explained. If you have a learner that loves following and making lists of steps and learns best this way, you might want to try diagramming. However, if it is frustrating or challenging for you or your learner to understand the “diagramming process”, it may not be worth using that method to learn the grammatical concepts.

Old Warriner’s English and Composition textbooks are a secular alternative that provide valuable instruction and practice with sentence diagramming for all grade levels starting with upper elementary through high school grades. You may find them on Amazon or Ebay or used book store websites.

Hands-On Grammar –

If you have a hands-on learner, you may want to check out Winston Grammar. This program uses a hands-on approach and labels parts of speech and how the words are used in a sentence. Basic and Advanced levels are available.

Non-diagramming –

Another program I recommend is the Easy Grammar series. The Easy Grammar books have the text and instruction to learn and practice new skills and the Daily Grams are workbooks that have a daily review with 5 different kinds of grammar concepts with one sample of each per day for a total of 5 quick review samples to practice. Loved this! As your child moves into high school, you may want to use the Ultimate Series that has the text and instruction and the practice in each. There are placement tests on the website to assist you.


Incorporating and Practicing Grammar Skills in Writing

Narration –

When your learner retells back to you what they have just heard, it not only improves their listening, recall, and comprehension skills, but also the process of organizing their thoughts, practicing vocabulary, and formulating sentences to express their thoughts. These are all important skills in the “Pre-Writing” process, and what a writer needs to be able to do before putting pencil to paper.

After getting into the habit and practice of “Narration” in this manner, the next step we followed was – writing down what they just told me orally.

For my younger guy- this might be drawing a picture of what he just told me about and writing just one sentence about the picture.

For my older guy- this meant starting with the first sentence of his oral narration to me – writing only one sentence at a time as he says it aloud.

The grammar came into play when some of their narrations on paper – were used to review proper grammar. We would read each sentence together and make corrections to certain errors I felt we had already learned and needed practice. So that the next narration on paper they did, I made sure to look over their shoulders and point out to them the mistake they made last time so that this time and next time, they wrote it correctly. We repeated this process every few narrations and always reviewing and adding a new concept or two to correct and practice in their writing.

Dictation –

We would practice dictation with our spelling words. I would dictate a sentence to them for each spelling word they had for the week. This would be for a weekly spelling test. I would grade them for the correct spelling of the word. But use the sentences to see how they were doing with their grammar. I would pick and choose which mistakes to review with them and make sure that in future writing I would steer them in the proper way to use that particular grammar concept.

Copywork –

Copywork – was sentences I would select from novels we were reading aloud together or novels they were reading on their own.

This might be C.S.Lewis or Tolkien or Mark Twain. These were quality classic type books. – even starting with something like Charlotte’s Web. I would look for a passage (the length depended on their age and ability) that contained various skills and concepts of grammar that they had or were in the process of learning.

They would practice copying these passages almost every day for a week. I would look at it with them and point out punctuation, capitalization, and other grammatical features and any corrections needed.

This also gave them practice in their handwriting. I would print out worksheets with the copywork passage at that would show the proper way to write the letters as well.

I began to notice, that as young as fourth grade, my guys would want to write their own stories and their writing started to sound like Tolkien from doing so much copywork from that author.

Their natural sentence structure and vocabulary was influenced by the practice of this copywork.


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What to Include in your Elementary Language Arts Study

LCP Ep 4: What to Include in your Elementary Language Arts Study


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How are you going to homeschool Language Arts with your elementary aged children? Does the idea of teaching your child to read or write stress you out? Do you wonder if  you are teaching everything you need to during the elementary school years for what is called “Language Arts”? And how are you going to cover everything plus other subjects during the day?

Visit Katie’s website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage or her Facebook Group.

Join Katie Glennon as she discusses what skills and concepts you should include in your Language Arts study during the elementary school years. Listen for practical tips and suggested curriculum and resources to help you and your learners use your time efficiently, effectively, and economically in teaching and learning Language Arts in your homeschool. She will also give you fun learning ideas to address learners in your home with different learning styles.

The Five Areas of Language Arts you should include in the Elementary School Years

What to Include in your Elementary Language Arts Study  (Printable for you to download)


Use a Phonics based program or curriculum that starts with letters and moves to vowel sounds and vowel combinations, then moves to consonant blends. These programs will also include when to introduce specific sight words.

Use a multisensory approach to be able to address all learning styles and multiple learners in your family. At early ages, it may be difficult to determine your child’s learning style. Not only use different ways to look at words and hear the sounds for your visual and auditory learners, but address your kinesthetic learners with assorted hands-on activities.d

Suggested Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Reading

Foundations – Logic of English (K-1)

Hooked on Phonics (K-2)

Bob Books – Early Readers to Supplement your programs

Explode the Code (K-4)

Phonics Pathways (K-2)

McRuffy Language Arts (K-4)

All About Reading (K-4)

Reading for Grades 3-4 – After Phonics and Developing Fluency

After your child is ready to move on from learning to read to reading larger chunks of material and has begun to develop fluency, you will want to introduce other reading skills such as comprehension and higher order thinking skill questions and other skills.

These skills include –

  • recalling detail
  • making inferences and predictions
  • using context clues
  • identifying main ideas
  • learning the elements of a story – plot, conflict, setting, characters, point of view, theme
  • literary devices and writing techniques such as similes and metaphors
  • Introduce the study of vocabulary and vocabulary skills

We used a combination of novels and study guides; an anthology for other forms of writing such as essays, speeches, poetry, short stories, and plays; and reading novels or “living books” aloud together that were tied to our history or social studies.

Suggested Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Reading for Grades 3-4

Bob Jones University – Book Links

Total Language Plus 

Progeny Press

Mosdos Press Literature Anthologies


Along with learning to identify and make the sounds of letters and able to read simple words, you will want to eventually include handwriting those letters and words. Before you begin handwriting, you will want to make sure your learner has the fine motor skills to hold the pencil and make the formation of the letters.

You can develop fine motor skills by using safety scissors and tracing lines and assorted shapes with a pencil. You can also practice using the pincers with tweezers or play (larger-size) tweezers to pick up objects including pony beads and doing sorting activities.

Start with cursive or D’Nealian cursive instead of manuscript or printing. This is easier for early writers because their hands and arms do not leave the paper and it is a more continuous and smooth motion. They do not have to worry about picking up the pencil and where to place it to continue to draw each letter.

You can make your own handwriting worksheets to go along with your Phonics program and spelling lists.


Spelling as a subject should be closely related to what your child is learning or has learned with their Phonics program. If you tie the learning of word families from the Phonics program to handwriting and spelling with the same word lists, you have taken three parts of your Language Arts programs and have effectively and efficiently tied them together with meaningful learning.

Use a program that is based on Phonics and word families in the same word lists. This makes the words and lessons more meaningful and easier to master.

Suggested Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Spelling

Building Spelling Skills by Christian Liberty Press

All About Spelling

Vocabulary – Grades 3-4

Use the vocabulary words from the novels and anthology you are reading. Separate vocabulary workbooks can be dry and boring and not very effective. Using vocabulary from the context of novels and reading from an anthology give the vocabulary words meaning and a foundation for your learners to understand and remember those words. I have found this a more effective and better use of learning time.

Writing and Composition

We began writing sentences when my littles were learning to read. I had them draw a picture from something we read aloud and they would dictate to me a sentence telling me what that picture was about. I would write it down as they said it so they would see the connection between their words and my writing.

We moved on from there to continuing our read aloud time and we used a Charlotte Mason technique of “narration” where my children would retell a chapter of something we just read or a short story like a fable, folktale, or fairytale. This required them to organize their thoughts in their heads before they retold the story and while they were telling me the story. These are important skills a writer should have before they write their thoughts on paper.

This retelling is easier to use in starting to write something on paper instead of having to come up with their own story and content. They can concentrate on writing a summary of what they have heard. I would have my little guys draw a scene from what we read and tell me a sentence about that picture. I would then have them write a sentence, one word at a time, from what they just told me. Any misspelled words (usually two at a time) would then become part of that week’s spelling list. Soon my guys would be writing two sentences and by the end of the year an entire page of sentences using this retelling technique.

We used several resources to build on adding details to these sentences and then moved onto the proper paragraph format.

Suggested Homeschool Language Arts Curriculum – Writing and Composition

Write a Super Sentence by Evan Moor

Paragraph Writing by Evan Moor

Writing Fabulous Sentences and Paragraphs

Here is a bundle of notebooking pages that we used for our written narration that I mentioned in the podcast to develop our writing skills. There is a set for different subject areas that we used to either make our own books or put into a 3 ring binder to put together a notebook of our writing and what we learned in that subject that year.

Make Your Own ABC Book Notebooking Pages Bundle Set

Be sure to comment in the Comments box any ideas you’d like to share that your family has used in your Language Arts or any of these ideas from this podcast you found helpful! I would love to hear from you! Thanks for visiting! Come back and visit the Literary Cafe Podcast for July’s topic when we discuss what to include in your study of language arts in your homeschool for your middle and high school learners!

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Seriously. Do you have homeschool curriculum overwhelm? I know that sounds like a crazy question. But, how many hours do you spend looking for the perfect curriculum? How much money do you spend on curriculum that you end up never using? How often do your choices end up in tantrums or tears? Maybe even your own!

My Story with Homeschool Curriculum

My oldest child had attended a private Christian school, classical in nature. He would come home in the evenings with homework that consisted of repetitious parroting. The idea was learning took place by rote memorization. It made sense at the time, but I did feel strongly that we could do just as well at home without the private school price tag.

I received a copy of World Magazine in the mail and I ran across an ad for the Noah Plan. The idea behind it of applying Scripture as our main source for reasoning spoke to my heart. I ordered the Plan. When it came I sat on the floor surrounded by a giant dictionary and big red books. And I cried! I was overwhelmed!

I’m sure you can relate. I spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of tears on something I’d never seen or handled before. Though in my case it worked out, for many years–so, it turned into a happy ending. But, it would’ve been great to have had a full-size sample of the program before I put down so much money.

Options for Curriculum Shopping

So, you might be wondering what are your options concerning curriculum shopping? If you have “overwhelm,” join the crowd, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What’s the remedy?

  1. Know your educational philosophy
  2. Have a plan

If you don’t visit a homeschool convention where you can see, touch, and ask questions, you can find yourself a little shy about spending a significant amount of money on a product.

There are online samples from many vendors and curriculum providers, but sometimes a sample isn’t enough to really try out the curriculum. Sally might love the sample because it’s new and different but may end up not liking it after a couple of weeks.

You can visit Amazon, eBay, and used or consignment bookstores to try to get some curriculum on the cheap. There are even some great Facebook groups that specialize in freebies.

If you decide to buy or sell online or in a group, keep in mind the following:

  • price-comparison shop among eBay and Amazon
  • ask for pictures
  • check the edition
  • know the condition
  • ask if it’s marketed up on has writing inside
  • ask if they have permission to sell it (some things have a copyright that prohibits resale)

Maximizing Savings and Eliminating Trial and Error in Curriculum Shopping

While completely free homeschool curriculum is great and can save you money while you’re trying something out, you sometimes want more than the freebie version.

A complete, free, and sequential homeschool curriculum is hard to find. There are a couple of popular ones out there, like Ambleside and Easy Peasy and they are pretty awesome. But, what if you’ve even tried that? You might be looking for multiple grade levels and some variety. And the last thing you want is the feeling of “overwhelmed.”

Some additional sources of free curriculum visit:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Facebook groups
  3. Google
  4. Free printables
  5. Homeschool websites dedicated to freebies

Stop Searching for Freebies and Start Planning Your Homeschool Year – minus the “overwhelm”

If you’re ready to stop searching for freebies and start planning your homeschool year, you’ll want to check out the Build Your Bundle sale. It’s a once-per-year sale that combines high-quality curriculum into super affordable bundles. No samples! No “freebies” – all bonafide curriculum from top curriculum providers are crazy limited-time pricing.

If you want to maximize your savings during the Build Your Bundle sale, here’s how to do it. I’m going to show you how to get $5000 worth of curriculum for $370.

You’ll need 7 different transactions. The check out is super easy. Know that these are all digital products. You’ll need to follow the download directions.

Price for all bundles using the Buy 2, Get 1 free deal is $370.

Here’s the breakdown:

Order #1 –

Charlotte Mason Bundle $49.00
Elementary Bundle #1 $39.00
Elementary Bundle #2 FREE

Order #2-

Elementary Bundle #3 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #1 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #2 FREE

Order #3-

Character Bundle $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #1 $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #2 FREE

Order #4-

Early Learning Bundle #3 $29.00
Parenting Bundle $29.00
Fine Arts Bundle FREE

Order #5-

Homeschool Helps Bundle #1 $19.00
Homeschool Helps Bundle #2 $19.00
Unit Studies Bundle FREE

Order #6

Homemaking Bundle $15.00
Special Needs Bundle $15.00
Brother & Sister Bundle FREE

Order #7 (remaining Bundles)

Mystery Bundle $10.00
Thematic Units Bundle $10.00


You may not have children in all the ranges the Bundles cover, and you may not have an interest in each product in the Bundle, but let’s look at each of the Bundles together. You’ll soon discover that they have such tremendous value you can pick and choose among products in each Bundle, save some product for another time, whatever your heart desires. 🙂

Early Learning Bundle #1

$225.89           $29.00

This Early Learning Bundle is full of preschool and early learning resources you will love using with your little ones.

Inside you’ll find a fun math unit, sight word practice, a full reading curriculum, Bible curriculum, a craft pack, a phonics, and penmanship curriculum, a life skills pack from Skill Trek, and much more.

Early Learning Bundle #2

$228.30           $29.00

The Early Learning Bundle #2 contains so many resources for your little ones at 87% off!

  • Sight Word Early Readers
  • Preschool Basic Skills Bundle
  • Phonics & Penmanship Curriculum
  • 2 Complete Reading Curricula
  • A full homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5
  • Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z – a full preschool curriculum
  • A math resource
  • And more!

Early Learning Bundle #3

$207.65           $29.00

If you have an early learner and you are looking for curriculum, this bundle is for you. Take a look at what’s included:

  • Animal Play – a program for 2-3-year-olds that uses colorful books, songs, games, and activities about animals to introduce the alphabet, numbers, shapes & colors.
  • Fruit for Tender Hearts – a homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5.
  • Kindergarten Complete All-Inclusive Set (over $140 value alone!)
  • Other supplemental resources for teaching early learners

Elementary Bundle #1

$360.10           $39.00

This bundle for elementary students is so full of awesomeness! Inside you will find The Mystery of History, Writing Through Ancient History, a complete handwriting curriculum, Bible activity book and American history resources.

You will also get your hands on science resources, such as Ellen McHenry’s NEW geology curriculum, and the Learning About Science Collection. Math, spelling, and a full first-grade curriculum valued over $160 round out this bundle and make it a must-have at just $39!

Elementary Bundle #2

$357.47           $39.00

Our Elementary Bundles are always super popular and full of great products and this year is no exception!

Inside you will find the best-selling audiobook for The Mystery of History and a folder book to go along with it from Bright Ideas Press. You will get your hands on a full vocabulary curriculum, science resources, a full year geography curriculum, and a life skills curriculum for elementary students from Skill Trek.

Also included are grammar resources, a cursive handwriting curriculum, a devotional study for making wise choices, a complete first-grade curriculum valued at over $160 and more – all for just $39!

Elementary Bundle #3

$349.16   $39.00

The Elementary Bundle #3 is overflowing with language arts resources! Looking for a reading curriculum? Look no further. You will get 2 complete reading curriculum levels from Homeschool Complete in this bundle, along with the full Word Family Readers curriculum and other language arts products for spelling and grammar.

Your students will enjoy learning about habitats, animals, scientists, the solar system, and weather with the fun science curriculum found in this bundle.

If geography is your thing, you will love the research guide to the 50 states that’s included! And our very own Truth Seekers Mysteries with Study Guides (valued at 53.94) and Media Angels books are a Cathy Duffy Top Curriculum pick.

There is so much more to be found in this fun bundle that is priced low at just $39 – 89% off!

Charlotte Mason Bundle

$348.81           $49.00

We hope you are as excited as we are with the products contained in the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle!

Some of the products found in this bundle include:

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Audiobook & Folderbook
  • Primary Unit Program from Train up a Child Publishing (valued at $95 alone!)
  • Wayfarers: Revolution from Barefoot Meandering
  • BiblioPlan’s Early Modern: Remember the Days Audiobook
  • Writing Through Medieval History
  • Charlotte Mason Planners
  • High-quality copywork
  • A course on Shakespeare
  • And More!

Upper Grades Bundle #1

$352.76           $39.00

The Upper Grades Bundle #1 includes a popular worldview book from Master Books, math resources, art history curriculum and a Bible activity book.

You will also find A Wrinkle in Time Online Book Club and  Design Your Own Literature-based High School Courses from Train up a Child Publishing.

There are so many awesome resources included in this bundle for just $39, along with The College Prep Writing Curriculum: Write to Achieve! that is normally priced and $167.97!

Upper Grades Bundle #2

$342.74           $39.00

This bundle is geared toward middle school and high schoolers and contains 2 math resources, language arts, writing curriculum, and history resources.

You will also find a Bible curriculum, a devotional on making wise choices, a course on Shakespeare for 7th-12th Grades, life skills curriculum from Skill Trek, and more!

Essay Styles for High School from Train up a Child Publishing is regularly priced at over $40! Grab this bundle for just $39 and save 89%!

Unit Studies Bundle

$172.83           $19.00

The Unit Studies Bundle is full of resources you will use for years to come in your homeschool, and it’s 89% off!

Take a look at some of the features of this bundle:

  • Country study notebooking pages for almost 200 countries
  • United States study
  • BiblioPlan’s geography unit
  • History & government resources
  • Science resources
  • Artist study
  • Holiday unit studies
  • And more!

Character (Building) Bundle

$223.82           $29.00

Our Character Bundle is always a best-seller and this year it is full of high-quality Biblical resources that you can put to good use in your home.

You will find resources for:

  • Growing as a Proverbs 31 woman
  • Building a Godly marriage
  • Missionary studies for the whole family
  • Children’s Bible activities
  • Child training tools
  • Scripture reading plans
  • Prayer Selections
  • Faith Journaling Pages
  • Hymn Study Pages
  • And MUCH MORE!

Don’t miss out on this faith-building bundle that is 87% off!

Thematic Units Bundle

$207.88           $10.00

The Thematic Units Bundle contains 21 individual products for all sorts of unit study fun. The wide variety of resources in this bundle includes something for everyone.

Your children will enjoy:

  • Watching a movie and writing a report
  • Nine themed writing prompts (with 180 total writing prompts)
  • Practicing fractions using Legos®
  • Writing a book report with the Book Report Pack

In addition, you get the tools to do a country study, teach how to compare and contrast, as well as teach your children about holidays with fun lapbooks and unit studies.

Learn about famous scientists, celebrate Black History Month, and make learning fun with the language arts resources included – all for just $10…95% off!


Special Needs Bundle

$180.00           $15.00

Help equip your special needs children to excel to the best of their abilities. This Special Needs Bundle, valued at $180 includes a wealth of resources for helping your child with behavior and social skills and working memory skills.

Also included are resources for strengthening the midline and auditory and visual processing.

You cannot beat this price for just $15!

Homeschool Helps Bundle #1

$259.83           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is marked 93% off the total retail value and contains resources that will help you get re-focused on what’s really important.

Learn about different homeschooling methods, get questions answered, discover ideas on how to re-vamp your homeschool, find encouragement, and more! Also included are charts, graphs, templates, organizers, and homeschool planners.

Homeschool Helps Bundle #2

$272.10           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is a STEAL at 93% off! Chock-full of tools to help you whip your homeschool into shape – 8 ebooks and 5 e-courses:

  • Homeschool Planners
  • Organization and Scheduling Helps
  • Convention Planner & Journal
  • Encouragement for your Homeschool Journey
  • And More!

With 3 products valued over $50 each, can you afford NOT to get this bundle for just $19?

Mystery Bundle

$210.32           $10.00

This is the 3rd year we have offered a Mystery Bundle and it is better than ever before! Do you remember getting grab bags from the Dime Store when you were a kid? It was so much fun digging into the brown paper bag to find out what awaited you. The Mystery Bundle is just like that, but full of homeschooling resources!

This bundle is, well….a mystery, so we cannot tell you what’s in it – but for just $10 bucks here is a sneak peek into the contents:

  • Two history resources
  • Geography bundle
  • Themed unit study
  • A FULL reading curriculum
  • Copywork
  • Language arts supplements
  • Math products
  • 2 Homemaking resources

This bundle is geared more for elementary students with some resources suitable for early learners as well. There are no upper grades materials in this bundle.

Priced at 95% off, you will get over $200 in products for just $10 – it’s totally worth the mystery!

Brother & Sister Bundle

$154.70           $10.00

This is a fun bundle with products for both boys & girls. Help your children learn how to get along better with the Let’s All Get Along Bible study for siblings. Teach them life skills with Skill Trek (one for boys & one for girls!)

With fun unit studies, paper dolls, cookbooks, and more – your kids will be so delighted with this bundle, priced at just $10 – 94% off!

Parenting Bundle

$264.78           $29.00

The Parenting Bundle contains a wealth of resources to arm you with the tools you need for success in your parenting and child training.

Some of the features of this bundle include:

  • Parent/child Bible study on how to choose good friends and be a good friend
  • Learn how to remove daily chaos with the routine approach
  • Develop a parenting plan that takes your child’s unique needs into account
  • Use family vision boards to strengthen the family culture
  • How to deal with a difficult child
  • Train your kids to be leaders and not followers
  • And much more!

Homemaking Bundle

$274.74           $15.00

The Homemaking Bundle not only contains homemaking goodies but also work-from-home resources.

Get access to organizers, calendars, chore charts, record keeping, office organization tips, and more. Skill Trek’s homemaking set includes info on meal planning, storing leftovers, budgeting, and more. Still trying to figure out how to get your body back in shape? The Homeschool Mom Fitness Program is perfect for you.

Interested in learning more about working from home? Have you tossed around the idea of starting a blog? Yes! Homeschool moms can earn money working from home. Learn how with these helpful resources.

Get re-charged, encouraged, and motivated to be the best homemaker you can be – all for just $15!


The Takeaway

With a plan, a budget, and a philosophy of education that reflects your own family you can conquer homeschool overwhelm. A try before you buy approach to curriculum shopping, like the Build Your Bundle sale is a great way to start.


PS. Here is the FAQ for how the Build Your Bundle works. Their awesome Customer Support can be found here.


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Roadschool Plans for Next Year

Roadschool plans for next year is the hot topic for Episode #143 from the Roadschool Moms team. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  broadcasts live from on location along the banks of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from Cahokia RV Parque near St. Louis, MO. 

The over the road duo reflects on last week’s Great American Eclipse 2017 and recaps upcoming events for the rest of the year. KT is the first to reveal her roadschool plans for the next year. While she has considered many shiny new avenues of curricula options, she decides the time is right for TJEd (Thomas Jefferson Education,) a curriculum that she has had her eye on for a few years. Timing is everything and this year the Travs will be using Tjed to guide their upcoming learning adventures. KT points out this method of homeschooling is a classical one. It employs leadership skills and other key foundations for an education rich in history and other key elementars to this philosophy.  In addition, lesson plans in KT’s rig this coming year also include Mystery Science and Saxton Math.
Next up is the roadschool plans for MB’s crew. Morning Time will play a big role in the Road Trip Teacher’s school day for the upcoming roadschool year. Plans are mapped out for bible, character building, geography, music, art, and foreign language. The rest of the roadschool day in this rolling homeschool will be customized to each kiddo. The highschooler will be using Exploring America for 4 full credit this year covering history, geography, bible, and American literature. Teaching Texbooks will be used for Algebra 2 while science will be covered with the Experience Astronomy course that was highlighted in an earlier Roadschool Moms podcast. On an elective note, this roadschooler is building a business plan for a t-shirt design business that will receive a full credit after its completion (that includes a semester’s worth of economics from Notgrass History.) Two middle schoolers in this rig will follow a similar schedule using America the Beautiful in its full capacity for the study of history, geography, bible, and American literature. Teaching Textbooks will be used for math and the Apologia Creation series for science. The Road Trip Teacher is a big fan of Evan Moor and will use different workbooks to focus on certain areas specific to each student. The third grader on the Roadschool 101 crew will be using  Time4Learning for much of next year’s lessons plans. She uses interactive notebooks and notebooking binders for each of those elementary subjects.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 11