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Quickstart Curriculum

Curriculum to buy or borrow that won’t cost much.

You’ve decided during the middle of the school year to pull your child out of school for one reason or another. You just know they can’t thrive there any longer.

Though your mind is made up, you aren’t sure where to start. My Beginning to Homeschool section is just as meaningful to mid-term homeschoolers as to others who thought about it all summer long. Get legal, and then get comfortable.

Deschooling sounds like a great idea in concept,, but what if your state’s laws seem far more demanding that you have some sort of “curriculum?” And what if you have (or are) a high schooler with big plans after graduation?

I am going to list and link below some books to order to just help families get started in their homeschool journey. Each selection is deliberately short and inexpensive. Later you may wish to buy a “program,” but my hope is that you’ll just learn that you can add to these curriculum lists in order to create custom “courses” for your kids.

I am going to list by grade level, as many new homeschoolers are most familiar with “grading” their children. Later, you will not need “grades” as crutches when selecting materials for you children.


Making the Grade books are a combination manual and advice book, suitable for home schoolers, where parents take direct control of their child’s studies. These books have become unavailable or only used, which aren’t much good already written in.

While conservatives, libertarians, and progressives really hate the Common Core Standards, I am listing these Common Core resources mostly for those just pulling their kids out of school, and wanting something familiar to them. This past year I sold 42 of them without even having a link on my site to any of them. These are from the publishers that sold to best to homeschoolers using my site. For the most part, the Common Core 4 Today single subject books are about $9 each.

Kindergarten Curriculum

Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Kindergarten: Daily Lessons – Monthly Units – Yearlong Calendar
by Karen McNally
DK Workbooks: Science, Kindergarten
by DK Publishing
Math Made Easy: Kindergarten Workbook
by DK Publishing
Children in kindergarten Fun Factory Wooden Number Cards and Counting Rods with Box
by ZWZCYZ
Buy All

1st Grade Curriculum

Making the Grade: Everything Your 1st Grader Needs to Know
by Micki Pflug
Common Core First Grade 4 Today: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 1: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Erin McCarthy
Common Core Language Arts 4 Today, Grade 1: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Jeanette Moore Ritch
Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 1: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Natalie Rompella

2nd Grade Curriculum

Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 2: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Erin McCarthy
Common Core Language Arts 4 Today, Grade 2: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 2: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Natalie Rompella
Writing Lessons To Meet the Common Core: Grade 2: 18 Easy Step-by-Step Lessons With Models and Writing Frames That Guide All Students to Succeed
by Linda Beech

3rd Grade Curriculum

Making the Grade : Everything Your Third Grader Needs to Know
by Micki Pflug
Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 3: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Erin McCarthy
Common Core Language Arts 4 Today, Grade 3: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 3: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Language Arts and Math, Grade 3 (Spectrum)
by Spectrum
Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5 (Common Core History: The Alexandria Plan)
by Common Core

4th Grade Curriculum

Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 4: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Erin McCarthy
Common Core Language Arts 4 Today, Grade 4: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 4: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Writing Lessons To Meet the Common Core: Grade 4
by Linda Ward Beech
Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5 (Common Core History: The Alexandria Plan)
by Common Core

5th Grade Curriculum

Common Core Math 4 Today, Grade 5 (Common Core 4 Today)
by Erin McCarthy
Common Core Language Arts 4 Today, Grade 5: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Science 4 Today, Grade 5: Daily Skill Practice (Common Core 4 Today)
by Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Common Core Curriculum: United States History, Grades 3-5 (Common Core History: The Alexandria Plan)
by Common Core

6th Grade Curriculum

MATH

Common Core Math Grade 6: Activities That Captivate, Motivate, & Reinforce
by Marjorie Frank

HISTORY – ANCIENT HISTORY

DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Civilizations, by Joseph Fullman
Also read other books in this series by DK Eyewitness Books, such as Aztec, Inca & Maya and Ancient Rome, as your child is interested.

LANGUAGE ARTS

The Adventures of Ulysses, by Bernard Evslin
Witness, by Karen Hesse
The Pearl, by John Steinbeck
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Tale of Troy, by Roger Lancelyn Green

SCIENCE

Sixth Grade Science (For Homeschool or Extra Practice)
by Thomas Bell (Author), Homeschool Brew (Author)

7th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Writers Inc., Sebranek
Write Source: Student Edition, Great Source
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss

ENGLISH – LITERATURE – THESE OR SIMILAR

The Princess Bride, Wiliam Goldman
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
The Sunflower, SimonWiesenthal

HISTORY – AMERICAN HISTORY

History of US, by Joy Hakim. Use for several years.

MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Whole Numbers
Decimals and Fractions
Percents and Proportions
Graphs, Measurements, and Statistics
Common Core Math Workouts, Grade 7
Common Core Math Grade 7: Activities That Captivate, Motivate, & Reinforce

SCIENCE

The Story of Science: Newton at the Center, by Joy Hakim

8th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Writers Inc., Sebranek
Writers Inc. Skillsbook, Sebranek
The New Well-Tempered Sentence, Lynne Truss

HISTORY – REGIONAL STUDIES – SELECT AS INTERESTED

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story, by Linda Sue Park
A History of China, by Wolfram Eberhard
Peter the Great: His Life and World, by Robert K. Massie
Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano

MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Graphs, Measurements, and Statistics
Geometry
Inside Arithmetic, Book 1
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor, by Harold Jacobs (buy used)
Pre-Algebra, Grades 6 – 8 (The 100+ Series™)

SCIENCE

The Story Of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way, by Joy Hakim

9th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Writers Inc., Sebranek
Writers Inc. Skillsbook, Sebranek
The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

HISTORY – MODERN TIMES

Communication Then and Now, by Robin Nelson
A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, by Tom Gjelten

MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Algebra
Kumon Pre-Algebra Workbook I
Mathematics: A Human Endeavor, by Harold Jacobs
Elementary Algebra, by Harold Jacobs

SCIENCE

The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension, by Joy Hakim

10th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Writers Inc., Sebranek
Writers Inc. Skillsbook, Sebranek
Keys to Great Writing, by Stephen Wilbers

HISTORY – US HISTORY (OR YOUR COUNTRY)

Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen
Humans of New York: Stories, by Brandon Stanton
Rise to Greatness: The History of Canada From the Vikings to the Present, by Conrad Black

MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Elementary Algebra, by Harold Jacobs
Geometry : Seeing, Doing, Understanding, by Harold Jacobs
Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, by Danica McKellar


11th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Keys to Great Writing, by Stephen Wilbers
On Writing, Stephen King

HISTORY – WESTERN CULTURE & CIVILIZATION

Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared M. Diamond

MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Geometry : Seeing, Doing, Understanding, by Harold Jacobs
Advanced Mathematics : An Incremental Development
Advanced Mathematics : An Incremental Development (Solutions Manual) Second Edition

12th Grade Curriculum

ENGLISH COMPOSITION – SELECT AS NEEDED

Writing with Style, by John R. Trimble
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, by Nancy Kress

HISTORY

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking


MATH – SELECT AS NEEDED

Calculus With Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry
Solutions Manual for: Calculus With Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

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