The specific subjects that you teach will depend partly on your state’s law, partly on your children’s ages, and partly on the interests of your family members. Write your goals before selecting materials, and pray for God’s guidance. You might need different materials for different children.
To learn what’s available, browse through homeschool catalogs (Rainbow Resource, Sonlight, Timberdoodle, Veritas Press, and CBD would be a good selection with which to begin – see sidebar links). The Classical Homeschooling website has excellent curriculum recommendations (even for non-classical homeschoolers).
Plan to purchase teacher resources, as well as materials for your children. Resources that I like include:
- Why Gender Matters, by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD
- What Your Child Needs to Know When, by Robin Scarlatta
- What Your __ Grader Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
- The Way They Learn, by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias
- The Well-Trained Mind, by Susana Wise Bauer
- A Charlotte Mason Education, by Catherine Levision
- The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, ed. Edward Bernard Fry, Jacqueline E. Cress, Dona Lee Fountoukidis
- Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Botsford Comstock
- All Through the Ages, by Christine Miller
At the time of this writing, Washington’s law requires more of homeschoolers than publicly educated students. OSPI has a flyer that states, “RCW 28A.225.010(4) defines instruction as home-based if it consists of planned and supervised instructional and related educational activities including curriculum and instruction in the basic skills of occupational education, science, mathematics, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music…”
Following are some curriculum comments, based on what we’ve used in our family. By subject:
- Art Appreciation
- Foreign Language
- Health and Fitness
- Music Appreciation