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A Beka

by Mary Ann Kelley

A Beka provides a complete line of traditional Christian educational materials that have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy.

Lifepacs

by Mary Ann Kelley

LIFEPAC is a full-color, consumable worktext homeschool curriculum with Bible-based content for grades K-12. Designed by a team of accomplished educators with years of classroom experience, LIFEPAC is based on the principle of mastery learning. Students master content in each unit worktext before progressing to the next. Ten LIFEPAC worktexts provide one full year of Continue reading »

The Father’s Books

by Mary Ann Kelley

The Father’s Books education materials are developed with a Biblical worldview and are designed to produce measurable growth in skills and subject comprehension. The textbooks and workbooks also support a whole-brain learning experience so that students develop balanced skills. Additionally, each textbook or workbook meets standard education requirements to give students the best academic quality.

Time4Learning

by Mary Ann Kelley

Time4Learning.com is an online education program that teaches preschool through twelfth grade curriculum in an interactive, student-centered environment. Time4Learning combines 1000+ animated lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities to teach math and language arts lessons correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus for most grades. Key features Continue reading »

Spectrum

by Mary Ann Kelley

Spectrum offers supplemental workbooks in the following subjects: Math, Early Childhood Reading & Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Testing. The materials are grade appropriate, but there are not materials for every grade.

Excel Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Excel Math a K through 6th grade math curriculum, that “teaches math concepts using a spiraling approach, with CheckAnswers to provide immediate feedback to students as well as giving you excellent value for your curriculum dollars.” The course consists of a student text and worksheet, teacher’s guide and projectable lessons on a CD.

Chalk Dust

by Mary Ann Kelley

Chalk Dust is a video math curriculum corresponding to Houghton Mifflin textbooks. The curriculum is a combination of DVD instruction, textbook examples, a solutions guide with step-by-step solutions to problems in the text, and personal help when needed via telephone or the internet.

Rod and Staff

by Mary Ann Kelley

Rod & Staff curriculum is designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses many illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life. The various courses are comprised of texts, workbooks, and teacher guides. The science text is written from the perspective that evolution is “logically Continue reading »

Hands of a Child

by Mary Ann Kelley

These materials are lapbooks of various subjects to facilitate the teaching of homeschool curricula. There are currently more than 370 subjects available as downloads, CD, or printed packet.

McGuffey Readers

by Mary Ann Kelley

McGuffey Readers are reprints of early 19th century eclectic readers and feature literary selections that are suited to the age level (1st through 6th grade) and interests of students. They teach reading through moral stories geared toward their original audience of white Protestant Americans. Also available from the same publisher are reprints of 19th century Continue reading »

Starfall

by Mary Ann Kelley

Starfall offers both a free online phonics/reading program and a (fee-based) reading/language arts curriculum that is “magical, creative, sequential, integrated, and combines content area instruction in Social Studies and Science – that’s kindergarten, the Starfall Way. Starfall uses fantasy as a springboard for motivating children to use their natural sense of wonder and curiosity to Continue reading »

Moving with Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a manipulatives based program that includes easy-to-use teacher guides with lesson plans, pre- and post-tests, daily reviews, reteaching pages, and games. The emphasis of the program is on thinking through solutions and problem solving. The materials are organized into levels that correspond to two grades, Level A: Grades 1–2, Level B: Grades 3–4, Continue reading »

Video Text Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program uses new, interactive, video-based strategies to teach Algebra and Geometry from start to finish. The main components are the “videotext” (the video lessons), and a workbook. The video serves as the textbook. Each module is around $100 and there are multiple modules for each course in Algebra and Geometry. Entire courses can also Continue reading »

Cuisenaire Rods

by Mary Ann Kelley

This program is based on the unique system for helping students grasp abstract math concepts using colored blocks of varying length. The course materials are a combination of books and manipulatives.

Singapore Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Singapore Math is a curriculum modeled on the way math is taught in Singapore. Children in Singapore traditionally score highly in math when compared to those in other countries. Singapore method is demanding and relies heavily on mastery of the material. There are textbooks, workbooks, manipulative and teacher’s guides for each grade run from $9 Continue reading »

Times Tales

by Mary Ann Kelley

Times Tales is a story-based mnemonic for memorizing multiplication tables. The system includes a large flip book and small flip book to help students learn the multiplication tables from 3x through 9x.

Shiller Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

ShillerMath is a complete Montessori-based math curriculum solution for ages 4-12 for the home. The course addresses 6 areas of learning: Kinesthetic, Visual, Auditory, Tactile, Writing, and Mental. The curriculum itself is completely scripted and involves a great deal of movement from the students and instructors. The materials are purchased as kits that have a Continue reading »

RightStart Mathematics

by Mary Ann Kelley

This curriculum is divided into levels rather than grades and features extensive use of hands-on materials. The course is workbook-based and employs a great deal of interaction with an abacus and other counting skills. The publisher says that incorporating the abacus into the training allows the teachers “to provide a visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience” Continue reading »

Miquon Math

by Mary Ann Kelley

Miquon Math is a series of six workbooks for elementary students. The publisher avers that the programs is “based on the belief that mathematical insight grows out of observation, investigation, and the discovery of patterns, [that] lead children through an exploration of mathematical relationships.” The materials range in cost from under $10 for workbooks to Continue reading »

Math-U-See

by Mary Ann Kelley

This is a hands-on curriculum that uses workbooks, videos and manipulative blocks to teach math concepts. Students learn how to perform math operations and understand why they are performing those operations so they can apply them to everyday life. The program was described in 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy as “easier Continue reading »