The first step to using Old Fashioned Education's Free Online K-12 is the getting started guide. It's simple!
Now, what about those parent choices? In this chapter of our teaching series, we'll look at each program's curriculum choices and offer guidance to help you choose the best curriculum for your family.
#1 - Choose a Book of Centuries.
You will need one per child. Your first priority will probably be your budget. Remember, when you see a star (*) add in your home printing costs.
Our Pick! We wanted a simple, beautiful, and affordable timeline, so we made a Book of Centuries (Spiralbound - due to printing cost).
Is pdf or printed version more economical for your family? For lowest cost option, stick with the Composition Notebooks.
Special Mention! The Timeline Figures Printable are a lovely add-on if you have a large homeschool budget, however I feel torn about using premade art, as a child can be very creative drawing their own figures and artifacts rather than cutting and pasting.
#2 Choose a family together Latin Study.
You will need one Beginner's Latin that your whole family will enjoy together.
**sets you up for serious Latin study later
Our Pick! For our lesson plans, our pick is Prima Latina which includes teacher book, student book, and audio CD. To save money, have your children complete copywork in a Composition Notebook.
#3 Choose a family together French Study.
Charlotte Mason had her students study several foreign languages using short and engaging lessons.
Our Pick! We love and include, in our lesson plans, French for Children with Three Audio CDs. Filled with songs, vocabulary, activities, and stories, even your Preschool and Kindergarten children can join in. Warning! The songs are catchy, so you might find yourself singing them around the house.
Special Mention! First Start French by Memoria Press is orderly, but it did not engage our children.
#4 Choose a Handicraft Kit.
You will need one project per child per term. Let your children help with this decision. For Enrichment Study 1, we suggest:
Purchase these kits at your local craft store or order our old-fashioned Handicraft Kits.
#5 Choose a math curriculum.
Our lesson plans give you time suggestions only for math work based on your child's grade, so choose a math curriculum that engages your child and your budget!
Our FREE Pick! Ray's FREE Arithmetic offers free video lesson, so it's a great free pick that includes teaching support. To save money, children can copy math problems in a Composition Notebook.
Our PURCHASE Pick! For a purchase option, we have used and recommend Rod & Staff Arithmetic ($52+ per year) for younger students as it is very thorough and Teaching Textbooks ($72+ per year online) for older students for its teaching support.
A sample math sequence to follow:
Special Note! We do not recommend using Teaching Textbooks for younger students (grades 1-6) because this program lacks methods we believe younger students need:
#6 Choose a science curriculum.
For your science choice, think less about the booklist, and more about how you want to approach teaching.
Our Pick! We feel a family together science is simple to schedule and engaging to children, so our pick is Enjoying Science Together.
Questions You Might Have:
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Renee Metzler holds a degree in Secondary Ed, English from Bloomsburg University of PA.