10 Homeschool Curriculums That Encourage Independence
As your children get older you may be looking for homeschool curriculums that encourage independence. When your homeschooler works independently they learn responsibility.
Whether you want to teach them to be responsible, or you need more free time to work with your younger kids, this post is for you! I’ve done some research and put together this list of awesome homeschool curriculums that encourage independence.
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10 Homeschool Curriculums That Encourage Independence
Switched on Schoolhouse
Switched on Schoolhouse is a computer-based curriculum for homeschoolers.
Switched on Schoolhouse has been around for quite a while. They started as a cd-rom homeschool option, and now it’s available in a flash drive format.
The curriculum is installed on your computer, and can be reused for other students which makes it pretty cost-effective!
The program grades your student automatically, and you can check or change their grades in the parent dashboard.
Switched on Schoolhouse is a great Christian homeschooling option because of the biblical worldview and Bible curriculum that they offer.
Monarch is from Alpha Omega just like Switched on Schoolhouse. It’s pretty close to the same thing, but there are a few differences.
Monarch is completely online and subscription-based.
Since it’s all online, students can access their school work from anywhere. Which is great if you’d rather not be tied to one computer for school or if you travel a lot.
Monarch is more expensive than using Switched on Schoolhouse because you can’t reuse the curriculum for your next student.
All grading is done for you! Which is great! And just like Switched on Schoolhouse, they have an optional Bible curriculum as well.
However, they do have a free trial so you can see if it’s a good fit for you or not. >>> Free 30 Day Monarch Trial.
Easy Peasy All-in-one Homeschool/ High School
Easy Peasy is a completely free online homeschooling option. Lee Giles put together this entire curriculum for her family and shares it with the public. (Which is pretty awesome in my opinion!)
You can clearly see that she put a ton of time and effort into creating the curriculum. You can homeschool your child from preschool through 12th grade using Easy Peasy.
She also offers a pretty independent offline version of math and language arts, and a really affordable complete offline curriculum called Genesis Curriculum.
Here’s a link to their high school website: All in One High School
Teaching Textbooks is an online math program that we use and love! My oldest children just switched over from Easy Peasy Math to Teaching Textbooks.
No, it’s not completely free like Easy Peasy, but it’s really great… especially when they get into more advanced math. (Math is just not my thing!)
They can work independently online and learn from videos and practice problems. Then they do about 20ish problems on their own each lesson.
If they get the problems wrong, there is an option to see why they got it wrong. (YESSSS!!!! I’m excited about this one because it means I don’t have to feel bad when I don’t’ know an answer to a question! haha!)
Teaching Textbooks has a parent’s dashboard where you can check or change any grades that you need to. This frees up a ton of time because I don’t have to worry about grading their work anymore.
Here’s a free trial: Free Trial of Teaching Textbooks
Time 4 Learning
Time 4 Learning is an online secular homeschool option for all grades.
They have a monthly subscription fee for homeschoolers that is prorated for each additional child that uses the program.
Time 4 Learning is a pretty affordable option at 19.99 per month and then 14.99 for each additional child.
ACE paces are completely child-directed. Your student works at his or her own pace throughout the books. There are no textbooks required. Everything you need is inside the paces.
They come with answer keys for the parents to grade the paces. So, if you’re looking for less work in that department, this probably isn’t the curriculum for you.
You do have the option to let your child check their own work using the answer keys when they finish. But, that will still require some help/direction from the parent.
Christian Light Education
Christian Light Education reminds me a lot of ACE paces. They are a tad bit more advanced, but they are basically the same concept.
No formal textbooks. Just working at their own pace to finish each booklet.
Christian Light has a very prominent biblical worldview.
The Good and The Beautiful
The Good and The Beautiful is an all offline Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.
I am absolutely in love with their curriculum. I know there is a ton of controversy over whether Christians should be using the program because the creator of it is LDS. However, I don’t feel like that is an issue at all.
There have been no issues that conflict with my religious beliefs at all. (Which I would consider being quite different from that of LDS beliefs.)
The Good and The Beautiful starts out heavily parent-directed in the early grades, but once you get past level 4… it becomes much more independent.
The prices are really great for TGATB…. and you can get the first 5 levels of Language Arts for FREE!!! Yep! Pretty awesome.
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BJU Distance Learning
I have several friends who use BJU distance learning and love it! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
It’s one of the more pricey options for homeschool curriculums that encourage independence, however. Especially if you’re homeschooling multiple children.
BJU Distance Learning uses a mixture of video lessons and textbooks for all grades.
It’s a more traditional method of homeschooling. Sort of like bringing school to your home. If that’s not what you’re looking for, BJU probably isn’t the best choice for you.
BJU distance learning also has the option to move up or down a grade level or two for a subject if you needed to. Which is great because not all children will learn at the same pace!
Grades: Preschool- 12
Abeka Academy is “video homeschooling for full grades K4-12.”
Abeka is very similar to BJU in my opinion. It’s a traditional homeschool method.
They have 2 options: Accredited and Independent learning. (Read about the differences here.)
Here’s what pricing looks like for Abeka Academy:
If you bought a 1st grade complete parent kit and child kit, your cost would be $773.50.https://www.abeka.com/Homeschool/Products/AbekaAcademy/
For a full school year with Abeka Academy, your cost would be $900. That’s only $126.50 more than if you were doing the teaching yourself.
PLUS, there’s an easy payment plan available. (For tuition and books, your cost after down payment could be as low as $95.20 for 10 months.)
Homeschool Curriculums That Encourage Independence: Did I leave any out??
Let me know your favorite homeschool curriculums that encourage independence. Leave them in the comments.