Homeschooling Resources

Tried and true homeschooling resources

When talking with a group of mommas about homeschooling at the Joy for the Journey adoption retreat last month, I promised them a post sharing some of my favorite homeschooling resources.  Here’s that list.  Most are ones I’ve used.  Some I mention because they are highly recommended by other homeschooling moms. Some of them are even my favorite price–free!


  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons— I used this with several of my kids and liked it.
  • ABC Snacks — This is a free preschool phonics game that looks like fun.
  • How To Teach Phonics-This book is free on kindle.
  • Sound Bytes Reading- This resource is highly recommended for older reluctant readers and ESL students.
  • Phonics Pathways– This book has lots of great recommendations on amazon.
  • Bob Books– These books are some of my absolute favorites for the very beginning stages of reading.
  • Starfall — This is an online phonics learning website that I used with my youngest daughter, complete with lots of games
  • Owl at Home— This is one of my absolute FAVORITE books for 1st-2nd grade.  So funny.


  • Calculation Nation — a free math learning website
  • Horizons Mathematics – I use this math for K-3.  It is bright and interesting, and moves kids along quickly.
  • Saxon Math– For many years I used this math starting in 4th grade. Good series, but not a fave of my kids who struggle with math.
  •   Teaching Textbooks — computer-based math programs from 3rd grade through Algebra 2.  We used Saxon math for years, but in the past years have switched most of our kids to this math.  Excellent, though not as acccelerated as Saxon.
  • Life of Fred — story-book math–highly recommended by friends of mine as excellent for kids who want a more language-based approach to math




  • Seterra — This is a great free geography learning resource that my younger girls use and enjoy.




  • Duolingo —This is a great little language learning website that offers 14 different languages.
  • Fluenz: Learn Spanish— My kids use this excellent program, but it is pretty spendy.  It is also available in Mandarin, Italian, and French.



  • The Way They Learn— I think that figuring out our kids’ learning styles is helpful info for every parent, not just homeschoolers.
  • The Well-Trained Mind— Many moms LOVE this style of teaching.  I love the idea of it, but in its entirety it is too labor-intensive for me.  Whether or not you decide to take this exact path, it’s worth the read to glean what parts of the system might be a fit for your family.
  • Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers–This is an excellent discussion of the importance of relationship-building with kids, a hugely important factor in successful homeschooling.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind– I can’t recommend this book highly enough for helping kids move past stress toward emotional regulation.  This is especially on point for kids with special needs and trauma backgrounds, but it is useful for navigating melt-down moments with all kids.






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  1. I think it’s interesting that you said your kids who struggle with math didn’t like saxon. I was never very good at math, but the years my mom had me do saxon I really liked it. I think it was because I had had a curriculum at a private school that did a really bad job of explaining things. So if I didn’t understand it when the teacher taught it, it was really hard to figure out later at home with the book. I really liked how they gave examples, and for me the fact that they had you do things you had learned in previous lessons really helped. If I don’t continue to do something I forget it easily.