Favorite Homeschool Curriculums for Elementary Grades

Here are our favorite homeschool curriculums for elementary grades.

Favorite Elementary Homeschool Curriculum 7SistersHomeschool

Favorite Homeschool Curriculums for Elementary Grades

One of things we 7Sisters have treasured most about homeschooling our kids is being able to nurture a love of learning. We have found that when our kids learn while they are young that education is fun, the process is easier all the way through graduation!

Our kids have especially loved hands-on and/or enjoyable learning. We have found that young learners (well, learners of any age) remember best when they are engaging in their lessons or laughing while they work.

Over the years, we have found a number of elementary school resources we love. We also know our 7th Sisters (have you joined our Facebook group, if not, please do) have lots of favorites, so we asked them about the elementary curriculum they love. Check out this big list of favorites!

(BTW- We are not affiliates of any of the not-7Sisters curriculum, we just like to share about curriculum we love.)

Here are some of our favorite homeschool curriculums for elementary grades:

Guide to a Developmental Approach to Teaching Kindergarten 7SistersHomeschool

  • 7Sister Vicki always felt that children were being forced into formal education way too early. (Better Late Than Early by Raymond and Dorothy Moore has inspired many homeschool moms to invest in developmental, inspiring learning-preparation during kindergarten. This gives youngsters time to build the necessary neural pathways for attention and learning which makes learning so much easier.
    • So rather than thrust her five year-olds into formal education, she did LOTS of reading and education preparation. She shared her kindergarten program in this simple and cost-effecient, 21-page downloadable pdf resource guide that includes:
      • an overview of developmental milestones
      • activities for developing
        • perceptual motor skills
        • visual skills
        • auditory skills
        • cognitive skills
        • number skills
        • reading skills
School Schedule Chart 7SistersHomeschool
Click image to download this delightful chart. Freebie.

Elementary Literature Activity Guides 7SistersHomeschool

What are literature activity guides? These fun and cost-efficient guides take classic children’s books at various reading levels and give them fun, hands-on activities that aid in learning:

Read Wayne Thorp’s post on the philosophy of education.

Literature Guides for Later Elementary 7SistersHomeschool

Misty of Chincoteague Literature Study Guide 7SistersHomeschool
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These are traditional literature study guides but pared down to the basics so that there is no busywork that would kill the book for young readers!

Grammar Galaxy, Fun to Learn Books

One of the biggest regrets is that this delightful grammar curriculum did not arrive until all our kids were beyond middle school (but that hasn’t stopped 7Sister Vicki from listening in on some of the grammar adventures).

  • This is a series of grammar texts are short, entertaining stories that teach language arts concepts in a memorable way.
  • The accompanying workbooks are no workbook at all, but a Mission Manual asking your student to help save the galaxy from the chaos the Gremlin creates.

Curriculum for Learning How to Read

  • All About Reading
    • This series includes learning activities and is a favorite of several 7th Sisters.
  • Barton Reading
    • Classic “how to tutor your child” series, great for learning differences. Recommended by several 7th Sisters.
  • Horizons Phonics and Reading
    • Classic, workbook-style phonics and reading program liked by several 7th Sisters.

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Writing

  • Book making activity. Lovely introduction to writing a story in this post by our friend, Betsy.
  • How to Write a Fable post from Adventures in Mommydom in this post by our friend, Ticia.
  • How to Write a Progressive Story (fun group activity) 7SistersHomeschool
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-_y7VZG1OQ&t=3s

Drama Resources for Elementary-Aged Homeschoolers 7SistersHomeschool

The Drama Starts Here Freebie from 7SistersHomeschool
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Kids often love being part of a drama production. Here are a couple of favorite resources:

History Resources

We did much of our history together at co-op. Many of these suggestions work at home and/or co-op!

Language Arts/History/Science Unit Study Approaches

Math Resources

  • LearnInColor
    • This website has tons of downloadable and freebies. There’s even a how-to on teaching math without a curriculum.
  • Right Start Math
    • Visualization and game-based math curriculum liked by several 7th Sisters.
  • Singapore Math
    • Workbook math for parents looking for rigor. Liked by several 7th Sisters.
  • Teaching Textbooks Math
    • Fun, computer-based math that Vicki’s kids actually liked!

Music

  • Music in Our Homeschool
    • Self-paced, online, interesting music appreciation lessons with our friend, Gena Mayo. Check out the freebies.
  • Musik at Home
    • Online developmental music education classes with our friend, Kathryn Brunner.

Science Resources

We 7Sisters did most of our science together in co-op. Even if you do not have a co-op, you will enjoy some of these hands-on learning activities and curriculums!

Social Skills for Children 7SistersHomeschool

Social Skills for Children
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While you are working on academics, you can also increase your children’s confidence and good manners with this cost-efficient fifteen-page booklet that describes ten of the most important social skills for children. You and your kids will enjoy it because it includes practical activities to help your children learn each skill.

How about using read-alouds for teaching positive character traits?

Special Needs

If you have a child with learning differences or other special needs, SPED Homeschool is an endless wealth of resources, videos, encouragement and ideas.

World Languages

Elementary years are the best for learning another language. One of our friends reminded us of Spanish for You.

Need more homeschool curriculum ideas?

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Favorite Homeschool Curriculums for Elementary Grades

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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