This is a master list of all the curriculum and resources I have used while homeschooling that I can highly recommend. I’m going to add this page to my right-hand margin, and I’ll add more resources to it as we use more. I’ll also add my reviews as I write them. Everything is secular except where noted.
Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Student Writing Intensive Level A
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree: Student Book 1 with Teacher’s Manual
Michael Clay Thompson: Grammar Program, Grammar Island
All About Spelling
Handwriting Without Tears
my husband’s history lectures
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
One World, Many Religions: The Ways We Worship
The Kids Books of World Religions
Follow my history lesson logs.
Of course, I also recommend my little e-book, The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching 1st Grade, for anyone with a child up to eight-years-old. It will get you started in creating an atmosphere at home that will promote independent learning. It also has a big list of secular resources in the back. And tons of other tips and practical advice. I hope you’ll check it out.
* The author of the Life of Fred series is religious, and this is apparent in the books, but there are very few references and nothing preachy. He does throw in a lot of lessons in common sense, which I think most people can agree on.