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Easy Homeschooling Curriculum: Grade Level Guide to Literature + 16 Subject Chapters by Guest Authors


Easy Homeschooling Curriculum: Grade Level Guide to Literature + 16 Subject Chapters by Guest Authors

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Publisher: God's Gardner

Author: Lorraine Curry

List Price: Paperback: $18.99

Ages: All Ages

Reviewed By: Larissa McKay

If you've read and appreciated Lorraine Curry's other two books, Easy Homeschooling Techniques (rev ID: 10) and Easy Homeschooling Companion (Rev ID: 1034), you will love her new Easy Homeschooling Curriculum. In fact, you could almost think of this book as the final leg added to three-legged stool. Sit on the concepts taught in these three books and you'll have a homeschool that's stable.

The book's claim to be a "Grade Level Guide to Literature" proves true, but it is more than this. It is a guide that, with the addition of a math of your choosing, you can use to create a complete curriculum through the eighth grade. Skeptical? I'll admit that, though I've learned to appreciate Curry's work, I was too. Nonetheless, she accomplishes it.

She does this first by helping you clarify your vision for education. In Curry's opinion (and in mine) your priority should be on first building moral character and then academic understanding. Curry espouses doing this by setting the Bible firmly in the forefront of your studies, and then adding in history studies followed by natural history and then the formal academics (math, language, drawing, etc.).

I'll not go into the details of her presentation, but I will say that I completely agree with her arguments. How better to grow as a person than to understand the lives of those who have gone before? How better to learn to value the Creator than to gain an appreciation for his creation? And, if your academic focus is on history, why not form all other assignments to fit securely into these lessons? This is, of course, what unit study fans have known all along; there is power in taking a topic and digging deeply.

"But what's this about literature," you ask? Of course, if you're a fan of Charlotte Mason's approach to education, you don't need to ask. Many of us know the power of reading good books, living books, and how readily fine literature teaches where textbooks fail. Curry is well familiar with their power; this is why she has chosen to focus her moral character/history-based curriculum suggestions on the reading of classics that have been teaching readers for generations. Her method is powerful, affective, and really does offer the homeschooling mom a single book that, with her library card and a math program, she can use to build eight years' worth of curriculum. Now that's a bargain!

And we're not done yet. In fact, we're only halfway through the book. Part 2 seems to fill in all possible blanks with guest chapters written by authors you may well already know and love from your years of homeschooling. Within these chapters, you will find priceless suggestions and advice on everything from introducing children to keyboarding to enlivening writing to teaching spelling in a way that was a revelation to me, to... And then there are the other helps, like the chapter on creative ways you can review lessons learned and how to use lapbooking in your homeschool and [gasp] teaching your children life lessons like how to keep your home clean.

Honestly, with all this book has to offer, what's not to love?
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Larissa McKay
Larissa McKay has been homeschooling "forever" and has a wide range of experience working with homeschoolers. She's also tried her hand at many different teaching approaches; the word eclectic suits her just fine.
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