After homeschooling for over a decade, I have used all types of programs and there have been times when an all-in-one homeschool curriculum has been exactly what our family needed. The freedom to choose what works best is a blessing!
This article is sponsored by Homeschool Complete. See below for more details and what I think about their program!
You may be a family that needs a full curriculum set that has everything you need for each grade. Rather than researching extensively and piecing together your own curriculum, consider simply buying a packaged program that meets your family’s needs.
Benefits of an All-In-One Homeschool Curriculum
Here are the times that an all-in-one homeschool curriculum makes sense.
- Personality type.
Every parent and child operates uniquely. If either you (as the teacher) or your child (as the student) work best with an outlined schedule, scope & sequence, and all of the lessons pre-planned, then you will most likely thrive with a complete homeschooling package!
- First-time homeschooler.
If you are brand new to homeschooling, choosing the right curriculum can seem daunting. Researching all of the options will make your head spin. If you read blogs or reviews you will find that every family has a different opinion about every program, method, or style of homeschooling. It is very overwhelming! That is why it makes a lot of sense to simply buy a full curriculum set for the grade level you need. These boxed sets often include the lessons/textbooks for every subject – and, some even include the materials for the projects, too!
- You are first pregnant, mid-pregnancy, or due to have a baby during the school year.
If you already know that you will be expecting a new blessing into the family during the upcoming year, you can make everything a little easier by using a packaged program that provides everything you and your child(ren) need for the year. Prepared lesson plans with a scope&sequence will remove the stress of planning and implementing school lessons each day. If you have older children, they may be able to do some of the lessons independently and give you time to rest or take it easy.
- Chronic Sickness.
Dealing with chronic illness as a homeschool teacher or having chronically ill children is already a lot to manage. Removing the need to research, prep, plan, and track down various curriculum materials each year will help your home run smoother. That is definitely a good reason to purchase an all-in-one homeschool curriculum!
- Big Life Event.
Family weddings, selling/buying a new home, moving locations, job change, elderly parents moving in, or some other major life event will throw a wrench into your homeschooling plans if you aren’t prepared. Perhaps you may not always choose a boxed curriculum, but a year with these types of things is a good time to try it out. Even if you are mid-year, switching to a simpler curriculum choice is an option!
- Working from home.
If you and/or your spouse work from home, you know that managing time can be difficult. Homemaking duties, family time, work commitments, and homeschooling can be chaotic at times! Let a ready-made curriculum help you out. There is no shame in choosing something that makes keeping your children home with you easier.
- Frugal option.
A curriculum set (bulk purchase) is often more affordable than buying individual textbooks from multiple companies. Some may even have a digital/printable option that helps make the upfront cost less. You can simply print what you need each day/week/month. The printable versions (usually) come with the family-use license, allowing you to reprint for every child after the initial purpose, making it super frugal.
Key Things To Look For When Choosing An All-In-One Homeschool Curriculum
- biblically sound / teach from a biblical perspective
- includes all subjects or at least foundational subjects (math & language arts)
- includes materials for projects or, hands-on projects are optional
- includes easy-to-follow lesson plans
- has a scope & sequence so you see upfront what to expect and what is expected from you
- allows flexibility
- easy to understand teacher manuals
About The Sponsor
I was able to preview & use Homeschool Complete’s first semester of fifth grade for the last few weeks and was very happy to see the first unit was titled Farming and uses the Farmer Boy book by Laura Ingalls Wilder as one of the main literature selections. I love everything “farm” and that particular book is my favorite of the entire Little House series!
I love that the lessons and worksheets for each day are based on Farmer Boy’s reading (or, in other units, based around the literature selection read that day), making language arts and social studies very interesting and relevant for the student AND for me. Great literature makes all the difference!
The other units in the first semester include Poetry, Body Systems, Great Lakes States, Invertebrates, and Wrap It Up (a review and reinforcement of the other units). These units all include worksheets, but also offer a lot of hands-on projects that allow real-life learning!
- The unit study format is a fun way to learn the subject matter, and it helps increase your child’s understanding of the material.
- The detailed lessons take the stress out of planning and ensure you’re teaching all the skills necessary in each grade level.
- The structure of the curricula enables parents to teach multiple grade levels.