Want a second opinion before making the final choice? You are in luck. Help is available in a variety of formats.
Just remember to consider the source of the review: What is the author seeking to accomplish? What are the author’s particular biases?
Online reviews. Keep in mind, some online reviews are associated with a particular approach.
- Cathy Duffy Reviews
Contains reviews formerly included in the now out-of-print Christian Home Educators Curriculum Manuals.
- Classical Christian Homeschooling’s Online Catalog
- The Curriculum Choice
- HomeschoolChristian.com Reviews
- Homeschooling From The Heart Homeschool Reviews
- Home School Reviews
- The Old Schoolhouse Reviews
Homeschool forums. You will receive many differing opinions from other homeschool parents on the homeschool boards who have used a product of interest. Remember, what reviewers CAN tell you is how the program works and what they like or dislike. You can compare their comments to your list of needs and expectations. What they cannot tell you is if it will work for YOU!
- CHFWeb Homeschool Message Board
- Home School Reviews Homeschooling Discussions
- The Homeschool Library — Curriculum Reviews
- HomeschoolChristian.com Homeschool Reviews Message Board
- Homeschool Spot
- TeachingMom Homeschool Message Board
- The Well-Trained Mind Forums
Supplier catalogs. Some homeschool suppliers’ catalogs provide extensive reviews of the products they carry. Just remember that in reading their reviews you are making use of their advice and experience. Consider purchasing the products they have “sold” you on from them.
Publishers’ websites. Obviously the product descriptions are slanted to put the material in the best light. They can still be valuable sources of information if you are looking for answers to specific questions. Many publishers also provide a table of contents listing and samples from their materials on their websites.
- How to Read a Review
“We worry that we’re missing something absolutely foundational, and that we won’t realize it until our children are in high school (and by then it will be TOO LATE!). We worry that we’re using an inferior curriculum but aren’t well-informed enough to realize it. We worry that our children are going to hate learning instead of loving it, and it will be OUR FAULT. We have, in fact, all of the normal worries of any conscientious parent; we worry over emotional, physical, social, and emotional development … and then add educational development on top of all those other concerns. No wonder we long for some help in choosing curricula!” Great tips from Susan Wise Bauer to ease you through the great material search!