Researching Types of Curriculum

Choosing a Type of Curriculum

By Texas state law, home school parents are responsible for choosing and pursuing in a bona fide manner a curriculum that covers the basics of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.  

There are many different types of curriculum to meet the needs of your family and individual students. THSC does not endorse specific curriculum providers or types of curriculum. This curriculum is referred to as parent-taught curriculum. The parent is responsible to pursue the curriculum in a bona fide manner. THSC recommends keeping a record of work completed.

Please be aware that curriculum is not “accredited.” Schools and programs can be accredited. To be accredited, a school must meet certain standards such as holding classes the same number of days and hours as required of public schools, employing certified teachers, etc. There are accredited correspondence schools in which the student can enroll. In these cases, teachers from the schools give the assignments and grade the work. These programs tend to be more expensive, because the school is doing more of the work. Enrollment in an accredited school is not legally necessary to home school.

Most home school curriculum is ordered by the parent educator from the publisher or online provider. Publishers/online providers usually have a website with contact and pricing information. There is no state funding for parent-taught home school curriculum. All expenses are the responsibility of the parent. Parents may choose to mix and match from different curriculum providers to provide curriculum for the five basics of education. For example, a family can choose an online provider for math and good citizenship while choosing a traditional textbook/workbook provider for reading, grammar, and spelling.

Mardel and Rainbow Resource Center are places that carry home school curriculum for purchase.

HEP Bookstore in Houston, The Homeschool Store in Houston, the FEAST Bookstore in San Antonio, and Home Educator’s Resource in Lewisville (Dallas area) are great resources for those that live in those regions of Texas.

Below is an abbreviated list of the types of curriculum available. There are thousands of curriculum providers, and home school parents are free to choose curriculum that best meets the needs of their student while satisfying the requirements of the law (home school curriculum does not have to be approved by the state because home schools are private schools). Enjoy looking through the different types of curriculum and researching those that might work for your family.

Traditional

  • Workbook/Textbook Approach
  • Great for Visual and Auditory Learners

Traditional curriculum for parental research:
ABEKA
BJU Press
Calvert
Lifepac (Alpha Omega)
The Robinson Curriculum
Accelerated Christian Education

Unit Study

  • Topical/Thematic Approach Covering Various Subjects
  • Great for Multi-Sensory Learners and Multiple Children of Varying Ages

Unit Study curriculum for parental research:
KONOS
Sonlight
Greenleaf Press
Weaver(Alpha Omega)
Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett

Classical

  • Learning that Coincides with the Child’s Cognitive Development
  • Great for Multi-Sensory Learners

Classical curriculum for parental research:
My Father’s World
Memoria Press
Veritas Press
Well Trained Mind

Technological

  • Computer or Internet-Based Approach
  • Great for Visual Learners

Technological curriculum for parental research:
Time 4 Learning
Monarch Online (Grades 3-12)
Switched on Schoolhouse (Grades 3-12)
Texas Tech University ISD (TTUISD)
Memoria Press

DVD

  • DVD Approach
  • Great for Visual Learners

DVD curriculum for parental research:
ABEKA DVD
BJU Press DVD

Special Needs

THSC has a section completely devoted to Special Needs Home Schooling. There is no standard curriculum for a child with specific diagnoses. THSC is available to consult with you on the variety of curricula available, the different learning styles that your child may possess, and the organizations and companies that promote themselves “Special Needs Friendly.” THSC does not endorse a specific group or organization. The resources we provide are merely a starting point for you and your loved one with special needs. It is for you to determine what is best for your individual situation.

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