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We used a variety of resources, books and curricula for my 2e daughter at BJ's Homeschool, and I will be adding more reviews here soon.....

"Are you considering homeschooling for your kids?  Do you feel a little overwhelmed with all the information that is out there?  I did, when we were first thinking about the homeschooling option for my daughter.  I wanted to find unbiased information on the pros and cons of homeschoooling...."

Short Lessons in US History

In looking for a US History curriculum for my teen, I searched for something that was engaging and included geography work. Many of the activities include map work, dealing with such issues as land expansion, economic development and key events in.....

Did you know that origami can teach your kids critical thinking skills?.....We loved these origami activities, and....

You Can Learn Sign Language
If you are looking for a fun and quality way to introduce your family to sign language, we recommend You Can Learn Sign Language by Scholastic.....


Spellominoes Review at The Curriculum Choice
Are you looking for a fun way to practice phonics?  Do your kids ever struggle with spelling?  Why not make a game of it!

No Plot? No Problem NaNoWriMo Review at The Curriculum Choice
Creative Writing and National Novel Writing Month - Writing stories is a great way for your teens to learn their writing skills, which can help their essay writing later.

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"We loved the seasonal art projects, which helped to pepper our homeschool with fun ways to celebrate each season! If you are looking for an easy to teach art program for your kids, my family recommends...". 



When it came time to start our veggie garden, my six-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to help.  She was filled with questions about how things grew. I wanted a little book that would explain simple botany concepts, one step at a time. I found All About Plants......

Habitat Study Review
Science Works for Kids Series - My Review 
 This book taught my younger one simple science concepts, while giving her the reading and writing practice that she needed.  AND she had fun doing it!  “Habitats” by Evan-Moor is a science activity book that introduces ......."


Evan Moor Animals without Backbones
Science Works Series - Grades 1 - 3 - My Review  
Puzzles, mini-books to color and assemble, (very) simple experiments, and cut and paste were used to teach simple science concepts....." 
Spectrum Writing

My main focus for writing, during the early elementary years was to help my daughter become comfortable with the written word.  Spectrum Writing was easy to use. I could pull out an activity that fit my daughter’s skill level and......

This book offers a variety of essays and fiction activities to chose from.  I followed my daughter’s interests, and had her pick which she would like to do. . By the time she was ready to tackle the essay writing, the story writing practice made her writing confidence strong.....



As homeschoolers, we are familiar with adapting our approaches to meet our children’s individual needs.  Homeschooling naturally leans itself to that, so it can be ideally suited for our children with special needs. 

Homeschool Learning Challenges and Special Needs by The Curriculum Choice Authors


There are so many ways to adapt your homeschooling to meet the needs of children with special needs.  Children with auditory learning issues can learn with a visual or kinesthetic (hand-on) approach. Parents can give children with ADHD, short lessons, frequent breaks, and a distraction-reduced environments within the home.......
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Do your little ones struggle with handwriting?  Is it hard for them to hold a pencil comfortably?  Or do they grip it very tightly?  Learning to write shouldn’t have to be a struggle.  There are so many ways we can help....


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When my daughter was six, she loved to work with her hands, making tons of things out of cardboard and tape!  I was delighted when I found Oak Meadow, which is similar to Charlotte Mason's approach – full of hands-on activities, beautiful art, and.....

When looking for a elementary curriculum, we wanted something that would nurture this spirit of exploration with lots of hands on projects รข€“ yet would still cover all the bases. We found this and more in Oak Meadow's Fifth Grade Curriculum Package.

Oak Meadow is full of hands on learning that nurtured my kiddo's explorative spirit, and yet still covered all the bases.   We loved learning US History and English, combined together, with living literature, and so many great projects....

Oak Meadow English 8 Review at The Curriculum Choice


The BIG BOOK OF ALPHA TALES includes a humorous story for each letter.

“Are you looking for a fun way to introduce the alphabet to your younger ones?  It includes an entertaining story for each letter of the alphabet.  We loved their great silly stories for each letter....."

“In this workbook, children practice putting the parts of simple                                     stories together helping with early reading skills!....”


“My daughter not only enjoyed making her mini books, but also loved sharing them....."


This program did not require any prep on my part.  All I needed to do was read any new letter sounds out loud,  and of course, celebrate the learning....

Collaborative Books for Young Writers


Collaborative Books ReviewAre you looking for something to do with your little ones, while your older learners are needing your help?  Would you like more than 20 ways to help develop their reading and writing  skills? 

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 If you have a child struggles with reading, focusing, and visual distractions, or a teen, who just gets distracted by the other words on the page…my family recommend trying the Reading Focus Cards.   I like how they work to eliminate distraction, helping the reader to focus on just the words at hand, at the time......




Draw Write Now handwriting and art program helped my daughter develop her printing skills and have fun while doing it!  The series consists of eight books, each with a different theme and all written at the same level....



This phonics based program is based on the 200 most commonly used words in the English language and the words frequently misspelled by second graders, and it really helped my struggling speller....


sign language flash cards


Sign Language Flash Cards includes 105 colorfully illustrated cards that teach the signs for numbers, and letters plus some very basic common words.  Your children can learn these signs and reinforce their learning at the same.......

A Beka Spelling V Review at www.thecurriculumchoice.com


We found Vocabulary Spelling V to be a complete vocabulary program for my teen. And the best thing about it was that it helped her to prepare for the SAT!  Learning to do the Word Analysis  was key!  It taught my daughter..... 

A Healthier You - A Beka Books review www.thecurriculumchoice.com

 If you are looking for a solid health curriculum for your young teen, my family recommends A Beka’s A Healthier You.  It not only covers all the basics, it gives you, the parent, many opportunities to add family conversations on health to the mix, with lots of discussion starters......

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Do you children have trouble remembering what they have read?  The folks at Spectrum created a book at the third grade reading level, that addresses just this problem. It is full of child-oriented stories that are fun to read.....

How to Write a Research Report

Research Reports ReviewSometimes the hardest part of report writing is just getting started. The worksheets in How to Write a Research Report could be much less daunting than staring at a blank page! When my daughter finished working through this book, she had written her first middle school research report! And she came away.....




Through this program, my daughter not only improved her reading comprehension skills, but also began to refine and clarify her own set of values. With all the problem solving questions, the discussions were priceless! These questions, for example…. “What is Success?” or “Why was there no peace in Gossip Town?”.......

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Kid Qwest's Insects Review  

Bugging Around Insects by Kid Qwest is written and published by a homeschooling family.  The homeschool dad used his PhD in science to write this book, and it is full of fun accurate facts for your kids and lots of hands-on activities for your young scientists.  




Numbers and Patterns Review  

Early math is all about hands on learning and the use of manipulatives for young mathematicians! The basic manipulatives needed for early math can be found in your own home. Numbers and Patterns – K can be done using simple supplies easily found, such as small toys, buttons, crayons, etc......

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Inspiring Quotes – Cursive Writing Practice, (by the folks at Scholastic) helped my daughter,  learn to write in cursive, while having fun with meaningful and inspiring quotes to  copy herself.....

Chemistry Wiz Review


Science Wiz kits, made by Science Wiz, were first started with a grant from the National Science Foundation, and they have continued to win awards ever since.  I feel that they are very well done, and....

All three Primers make a complete introduction to phonics for your young learners!

Explode the Code Primers ReviewDo you have a young learner who is eager to learn to read? Are you looking for a good, easy-to-use, phonics program? How about a well-researched phonics program? Explode the Code offers all of these and it is a great way to introduce phonics and early reading to your young ones.  Each primer introduces......

Shapes and Beginning Fractions

Geometric Shapes and Beginning Fractions  - In our homeschool, we have always loved doing hands-on math during the early elementary years. Looking for something that might guide our math activities, I found Evan Moor’s Geometric Shapes and Beginning Fractions.  It gave us a simple guide for our hands-on learning.....


Mr. Popper's Penguins - Lit Guide Review

TCR's Literature Guides ReviewMr Popper’s Penguins Lit Guide is a workbook/activity book full of creative ideas to enhance comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills, while adding fun-to do projects along the way. They offer literature guides for.....
Our own copy of Animal Friends by Oak Meadow.  It was well worn and loved!
Oak Meadow's Animal Friends ReviewWe found this heartwarming book one year, as it happened to be included in our Oak Meadow curriculum box. It quickly became a favorite of ours....

Spectrum Test Prep - 3 - Review "When we got ready to try my daughter's first standardized test, she was a little fearful. So I looked for a way that we could practice ahead of time, and I found SPECTRUM’S TEST PREP-Grade 3. It not only calmed her fears, but also......"

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