Nikki’s Homeschool Shopping Guide

NewfromNikkiThis will be our fifth year homeschooling. Although we choose a year-round style of learning, the approach of fall makes me want to wander the Back-to-School aisles and stock up on Number 2 pencils and college-ruled paper.

This can be a stressful time of year for many parents as they finalize homeschool curriculum choices. Gifted IMG_0101children have varied styles and rates of learning. Finding materials that will meet individual needs and not end up as an expensive dust collector on the shelf can be a challenge.

I’ve put together a short list of Language Arts, Math, and Science titles for you that my family has enjoyed, many of which have been highly recommended by families in the GHF community. I hope these are helpful to you!

Language Arts

Never Too Early to Write, Bea Johnson
Bea Johnson presents age-appropriate writing strategies for the very young to mid-elementary level. This book is a wonderful resource for those homeschooling multiple ages or young ones displaying early interest in writing.

language artsIf You’re Trying to Teach Kids to Write…You’ve Gotta Have This Book!, Marjorie Frank
This book is filled with good lessons for parents about how kids learn to write as well as pages of fun writing activities.

Words are CATegorical, Brian Cleary
Cleary’s ELA series entertains while it teaches kids proper grammar and language use. These books are huge favorites in our house.

Painless Series
The Painless series offers a variety of subjects from grammar and spelling to vocabulary and public speaking. Highly recommended for preteens and teens.

Math

MathStart Series, Stuart Murphy
This set is one of my favorite Living Math resources. The series starts with basic math and works its way through fractions and multiplication. The stories are great for read-alouds or independent reading.

math, geometrySir Cumference Series, Cindy Neuschwander
Join Sir Cumference on his exciting adventures and learn about geometry on the way.

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales, Theoni Pappas
The author of “The Joy Of Mathematics” and “The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat” brings you twenty-two tales of math. Covering everything from decimals to the Fibonacci sequence, this book will fascinate and entertain your young math lover.

Science

Monster Science Series
Your zombie and vampire enthusiast will love these informative graphic novels while learning about states of matter and Newton’s Laws. Bonus: STEAM-Powered Classroom’s Gwyn Ridenour tells about these in further detail on her vlog here.

scienceSeymour Simon
Simon writes in-depth about just about every subject you can imagine. The photography is stunning and detailed. I have too many favorites to list individually!

Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Bernard Nebel
If you are looking for a more structured guide, this is one of the best. Nebel has written a separate guide for K-2, elementary, and middle school and each leads you through hands-on lessons that cover all major areas of science. The guide contains extensive lists of living books to accompany activities. It has been an invaluable resource for our science exploration. Additionally, Dr. Nebel includes his contact information and is quite willing to answer any questions you have.

The GHF Amazon Store has an extensive library of additional homeschooling curriculum resources for kids of all ages. Search Homeschooling by Topic, find the right options for your child and family, and support GHF at the same time!

(Do you know of a must-have book that isn’t mentioned? Email me here to have it added to the GHF Store and help others on their learning adventures!)

When she is not stuck in a book, Nicole Linn homeschools two of her three children, and blogs about gifted children and adults at Through a Stronger Lens. She is also Online Merchandise Manager for GHF.

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