We believe that curriculum is a good reference for mothers to use as they prepare material for their children, but ultimately we should be teaching people, not lessons. The Teach Ye Diligently series is being created to help mothers know how to tailor curriculum to fit their child’s needs. We are currently creating curriculum guides, but here are some other curriculum that we recommend.
This curriculum is open-and-go and requires little knowledge for the teacher to start. However, it is heavily based on textbooks, worksheets, and coloring pages. The lessons are highly scripted and are not considered “living,” but if you use it as a guide/reference for teaching it can be a great resource. Honestly, this curriculum did not work for our family, but I put it on here because I know a lot of families that use this curriculum and love it.
This is a great option if you need to start homeschooling soon and have little or no budget. The required books are mostly available for free on kindle or archive.org. Because of this, the curriculum excludes amazing books that are in print and at libraries. But, you can supplement with books from the booklists recommended on this site. The other con is that the website can be hard to navigate.
This is a curriculum template that gives you guidelines of how to create a custom education for your child. If you are new to homeschooling this can be intimidating, especially if you do not know which books to use and if you do not have a basic knowledge of Charlotte Mason’s methods. However, if you refer to the booklists on this site it should only take a few hours of preparation to plan a semester of lessons.
This would be my first choice if I did not have a lot of time to plan, but had a little more money to spend on a high-quality education. I have looked at the booklist and the teacher materials and they are by-far my favorite. The cost is $250/year for the whole family.