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Homeschool Curricula

These homeschool curricula have been used successfully by homeschooling gifted.  Remember that no one resource is right for all gifted children; and often gifted children require different grade levels by subject, or faster-than-normal pace through academic subjects.  Discuss your family's requirements with the publisher before making your purchase.

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Beast Academy Recommended (grade 3 with more to come!) from Art of Problem Solving By Jason Batterson, Shannon Rogers, illustrated by Erich Owen
For aspiring math beasts in grades 2-5. Each level (4 per grade) includes a full-color, graphic-novel-style guide book, and a corresponding practice book.  Amazing content, plenty of depth and practice, and very appealing to gifted kids!
bullet Beast Academy 3A shapes, skip-counting, perimeter and area
bulletBeast Academy 3B multiplication, perfect squares, the distributive property
bulletBeast Academy 3C variables, division, measurement
Child-size Masterpieces by Aline D. Wolf, Parent Child Press
Program encourages youngsters ages 3 through 12 to handle postcard-size reproductions (sold separately in the Child-Size Masterpieces books) in a delightful series of graded activities...
bullet How to Use Child-size Masterpieces
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Steps 1, 2 and 3 - Easy
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Steps 1, 2 and 3 - Intermediate
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Steps 1, 2 and 3 - Advanced
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Step 4 - Learning the Names of the Artists
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Step 5 - Learning About Famous Paintings
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces: Black Images for Steps 1, 2, 3, and 4
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Steps 6 & 7 - Modern Schools of Art by Janine S. Wolf
bullet Child-Size Masterpieces for Step 8 - Transportation in America by Gerald P. Wolf
Core Knowledge by E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
A Guide to Specific, Shared Content... (non-partisan)
bullet What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning
bullet What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good First-Grade Education
bullet What Your Second Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Second-Grade Education
bullet  What Your Third Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Third-Grade Education
bullet What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of A Good Fourth-Grade Education
bullet What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education
bullet What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Sixth-Grade Education
bulletalso Books to Build On: A Grade-by-Grade Resource Guide for Parents and Teachers
bulletand History & Geography: Level 4
Bright, engaging math books (they're really texts, but don't tell the kids - they look fun!), including...
bullet Math to Learn (grades 1-2)
bullet Math to Know (grades 3-4)
bullet Math at Hand (grades 5-6)
bullet Math on Call (grades 6-8)
bullet Algebra to Go (grades 8+)
bullet Geometry to Go (grades 8+)
Life of Fred Recommended (click on Product Overview)
From fractions, decimals, beginning of algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trig, all of calculus and statistics, Fred's life is full of interesting mathematics!  Great homeschooling math curriculum, covering everything needed from arithmetic through second year of college... (subtly Christian)
Mathematics Recommended by Harold R. Jacobs
Arguably the best mathematics text books available...
bullet Mathematics: A Human Endeavor the quintessential pre-algebra text - makes math fun Recommended 
bullet Elementary Algebra Algebra I, in Jacobs tradition  or Amazon.co.uk
bullet Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding  or Amazon.co.uk
Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum Recommended by Michael Clay Thompson, from Royal Fireworks Press
I don't know how to explain Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum, except to say... gifted students, no matter where their gifts lie, need this curriculum.  I had the honor of hearing Michael speak about his Grammar Voyage and The Magic Lens grammar curricula and Practice Sentence student workbook series... and I was enthralled.  Please know, I am a math-y and a computer geek - I do not do language arts, if I can help it.  But this curriculum made grammar interesting to me!  Word Within The Word offers middle and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other.  Sentence Island, Paragraph Town and Essay Voyage form the elementary writing curriculum.  And there's much more... investigate all the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum  For videos of Michael Clay Thompson's presentations, and to see why this math-geek is so excited by his curriculum, view Michael Clay Thompson Videos. And read Cathy Duffy reviews... Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts
Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling and Reading Pathways: Simple Exercises to Improve Reading Fluency Recommended by Dolores G. Hiskes published by Jossey-Bass
Step by step reading and spelling instruction, with lots of visual cues, games and exercises.  Designed for all ages, with complex and interesting themes...
Writing Like Writers: Guiding Elementary Children Through a Writer's Workshop Recommended by Kathryn L. Johnson & Pamela V. Westkott
Guided Writer's Workshop for elementary (and even secondary!) students. An excellent resource for teachers, homeschoolers, and students
Charlotte Mason Curriculum
Optimizes learning for the child by eliminating wasted time and maximizing learning through several different avenues... (Christian)
Hands-On Equations
A kinesthetic teaching system introduces algebra to students in grades 3 to 8
History (and Geography) Through Literature Study Guides
Use classic literature, historical biographies, and just plain good books to teach...
History of US (11 volumes) by Joy Hakim (or paperback)
Master storyteller Joy Hakim has revised and expanded her pioneering history of the United States for this third edition. This award-winning series begins during the last Ice Age with hunter-gatherers who head east to a new continent in search of game and fish. Or purchase the 11 volumes individually.  (Christian)
The First Americans Prehistory-1600
War, Terrible War 1855-1865
Making Thirteen Colonies 1600-1740
Reconstructing America 1865-1890
From Colonies to Country 1735-1791 An Age of Extremes 1880-1917
The New Nation 1789-1850 War, Peace, and All That Jazz 1918-1945
Liberty for All? 1820-1860
All the People 1945-2001
Sourcebook and Index: Documents That Shaped the American Nation
A History of US: Assessment Book: Books 1-10
Freedom: A History of US PBS companion site
Come along on an exciting journey through Joy Hakim's story of freedom in America. Explore a webisode and see why the promise of freedom has attracted millions of people from all over the world to come to America. Hear for yourself why generations of men, women, and children have lived for, sacrificed for, and died for that freedom. It is a story that is still unfolding today. It is your story too.
Self-paced internet study, individualized for each student in six different "courses".  Also available through many states' Virtual Academies...
Konos Learning Made Fun!
Elementary and high school curriculum for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers.  Unit studies with an emphasis on hands-on learning (Christian)
Research based curriculum that is concept based and encourages learning through big ideas, for gifted and creative children
Moving Beyond the Page
Research based curriculum that is concept based and encourages learning through big ideas, for gifted and creative children
Real Science-4-Kids
Introduces young students to college level subjects.  Pre-level for grades K-3, Level I for grades 4-5, Level II for grades 5-9 ...
bullet Chemistry, Pre-Level I
bullet Ornithology
bullet Chemistry, Level I
bullet Physics, Level I
bullet Biology, Level I
bullet Woods, Ponds & Fields
bullet Invertebrate Zoology
Renzulli Learning
On-line program that matches students' interests and learning styles to many different opportunities designed to provide enriched, challenging learning. All of the activities and options in the Renzulli Learning System are based on The Enrichment Triad Model...
RightStart Mathematics
Hands-on and visual program stressing understanding and problem solving.  Grades K-4.
Sequential Spelling
Spelling program for the teaching of the patterns of English spelling within a normal school-year based spelling regiment that may be used for dyslexics and non-dyslexics, classrooms and for home study learning...
Singapore Math
Paperback color texts and b&w workbooks work well for many gifted children, focus on mental math and truly understanding... and the prices can't be beat!  Use the Singapore Math Placement Test to see which level to start at...
Sonlight Curriculum
Literature-rich homeschooling education beyond textbooks... (Christian)
Spell to Write and Read (or from Amazon)
Concentrates on building a solid foundation for long-term reading and writing success, for the beginner or advanced speller.  Use with The W.I.S.E. Guide for Spelling...

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