In addition to our math curriculum for individual children, phonics for the littles, grammar for the bigs, etc. we use carefully curated homeschool resources that are made available to all of our children (who have learned to care for them properly). These are a variety of items from games to textbooks.
I have observed that my children will teach themselves so much when given the opportunity. I’m not saying that I am an “unschooler” or that I do not intentionally teach & guide my children’s education (I do!), but they will take what I can only begin to scratch the surface on and dig deeper when allowed to do it on their own time.
This means that my children rarely walk around saying they are bored! They are so used to grabbing a book, game, CD, or DVD from our shelves of pre-approved resources or they will spend time cooking/baking in the kitchen, exploring outdoors (that often leads to hands-on educational experiences), and more.
Plus, they know if they DO say they are bored mama will have them fold a basket of laundry or organize their closet! There’s my large family mom tip of the day. 😉
This is NOT a complete list of everything we own that falls under the category of “educational resource”, but these are the favorites that we use again & again. With 7 children from toddler to teen, these products have to be pretty amazing to be loved by them all AND the parents!
For God and Country (Adventures in Odyssey)
The Mystery of History Volume 1, Audio Book Set (10 Audio CDs)
Jonathan Park: The Adventure Begins – Series 1
Under Drake’s Flag: The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty
Mike’s Inspiration Station 6 DVD Collection
Life of Fred Elementary Series Complete 10 Book Set (Life of Fred)
Homeschool Resources My Children Use To Teach Themselves
Life of Fred (math)
YWAM (history, Christian missionary bios)
Exploring Creation with Zoology (science)
Encyclopedias (geography, history, science – use with parental guidance)
We also have several other historical fiction books like part of the Mandie Series, Imagination Station Series, The Little House Books, G.A. Henty, and more. One way we quickly built our home library was from using Tapestry of Grace for our history (geography, literature, social studies) curriculum.
Read how I encourage independent learning in foundational subjects for my upper elementary children HERE.
These are not required reading, listening, or watching for my children but are made readily available for them to use on their own – and they do! I have linked to all of the homeschool resources found on Amazon for your convenience, but you can also find many of them at Christian Book Distributor, too!