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101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum Paperback – July 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0929320151 ISBN-10: 0929320158

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Publishing (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929320158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929320151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Duffy's 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is right at the top of my list of favorite books for new homeschoolers. --Gena, homeschoolpassion.com

About the Author

Cathy Duffy is well known as a curriculum expert. She has researched and written about curricula for home education for more than 25 years. In addition to her book, Cathy publishes her reviews online at CathyDuffyReviews.com. Cathy home educated her own three sons through high school and has also taught numerous groups of both children and adults. Her extensive research and experience have made Cathy a popular speaker at home education conferences around the world.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it, especially to homeschool newcomers.
Melissa S. Lawrence
Cathy Duffy did a good job with this book explain the pros and cons of lots of different styles of homeschool curriculum.
Jason Banks
I feel it is worth purchasing the newer book versus just hanging onto the older book.
M. Catoe

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 3, 2013
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I am reviewing this from the position of a mom who is just starting to homeschool, so I'm evaluating it on its own, not in comparison to its predecessor.
The first section is, in my opinion, probably the most important part of the book. Multiple worksheets help you set your educational goals, discover your educational philosophy and determine your teaching style and your child's learning style. I have spent most of my life studying or working in Christian education, but I still found this section very helpful. I made copies so my husband and I could fill the sheets out on our own and compare notes. This was great to help us make sure we were on the same page. Since he won't be able to do alot of the day-to-day schooling process, having him feel confident and involved in the curriculum process was very important to us.
The section on learning/teaching styles is awesome. I had been very familiar with certain curriculums. I quickly discovered that those curriculums would not be the best choices for my son's learning styles.
The 101 picks chart rates all 101 picks by learning style, educational philosophy, religious (or secular) leaning, amt of writing, teacher prep, whether it can used for multiple grades,etc. which is extremely helpful with in-depth reviews following. She reviews, secular, Protestant, and Catholic curriculum although Protestant resources get the most attention.
Again my husband, marked things he was interested in, and then we compared notes. I also accessed her website for additional reviews. I can already tell, I will probably be using this resource every year (my oldest is just starting K/1st grade) as my boys' needs change. Even if you choose an all-in-one program and stick with it, this is still a great guide for supplemental resources.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Catoe on April 10, 2013
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I borrowed the older, 100 Top Picks, from my local library to see if there was anything I could use before purchasing this book. My son is finishing out public school (2012-2013) and we will start homeschooling his next grade level. The 100 Top Picks was such a good book, I ordered the new 101 Top Picks. I couldn't be happier. The information for Science is all updated in this newer book. I could only find used options for the Science recommendations in the 100 Top Picks book. I feel it is worth purchasing the newer book versus just hanging onto the older book. There were updates to ALL of the subjects, in addition to a new section on Common Core State Standards. I am going to purchase the older book since some of Cathy's choices from the first book didn't make it to the new book and I know they are also good solid choices. Both of Cathy Duffy's Top Picks books are fantastic. They help guide you to choices which fit learning styles your child(ren) has and indicates religious points of view with each book. My only wish for a next version of this book would be to list beginning 'grade level' straight away as sometimes the beginning grade level doesn't get mentioned until middle or end of her review. I'd get excited and then figure out it is a year or two out that I would use that book choice. But that is more of a learning curve for me as a new homeschooling mom in finding appropriate material. But still, these books have been so helpful. My thanks to Cathy Duffy! I would have been lost without them.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A.W. on March 26, 2013
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This is a great resource to help new homeschooling parents move from overwhelmed to confident. It pretty much assumes that you've already chosen to homeschool and jumps right in to helping you figure out where to go from there (which is kind of a relief, since that debate can be endless and exhausting). There is a quiz you can take to determine which philosophy of homeschooling you are most suited for, as well as some questions to prompt you in determining what is most important to you for your child to get out of their education and how you want your homeschooling lifestyle to look. There are brief descriptions of each homeschooling philosophy, descriptions of different children's learning styles, and charts to help you determine which curriculum fit your and your child's needs and preferences best. Then the majority of the book is reviews of specific curriculum separated by subject. This book really helped me to feel less overwhelmed and know how to create an educational plan that fits my family. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I felt that that descriptions of the different homeschooling philosophies were not as good as some I had read elsewhere. They are limited and somewhat brief, and the quotes chosen to illustrate some of the approaches do not do them justice, in my opinion. Definitely still worth it for the great resources in this book, I'd just recommend doing a little extra reading on the different philosophies (even a quick internet search).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on February 14, 2013
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I am so glad someone recommended this book, I would be lost without it. I was so overwhelmed with information when I decided that I wanted to homeschool my children. Cathy Duffy has made it so easy to identify with your child's best way to learn. This book has given me more confidence in my choice to homeschool. It asks questions that I wouldn't have thought of on my own and really helped me see my reasons and the benefits more clearly. It does have a Christian point of view but that made it a better choice for our family. It does also offer secular curriculum choices. I can't enough great things about this book. If you have made the decision to homeschool then I urge you to get this book, it is a great starting place!!
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