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101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum Paperback – July 17, 2012
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
I was confident about homeschooling before I got this book, but I feel more confident that armed with the information from it, I will be able choose what will work best specifically for my kids and our family (and after all, isn't that the essence of what homeschooling is versus the one-size-fits all education system?).
So would I recommend it? Absolutely! Would I buy it again? Yes!
If you want additional reviews of your favorite curriculums from families who have actually used them you can search for reviews on the internet.
To summarize, this is a really awesome tool which, in my opinion, no homeschool toolbox should be without.
Wonderful!! Cathy takes you through various checklists to discover what type of teacher you are and what type of learner your child is. Then she takes those two types and gives you a long list of curriculum that meets your needs.
This helped me narrow down my options. I then went to a homeschool convention, with this book in hand, and was able to look at those various options in person and make my choices. This book was invaluable to me and I'd highly recommend it!