My children attend school here in Canada, but I would like to supplement their education, by home schooling them with an American based curriculum. Any ideas on where to find this, or does anyone have any advice on home schooling?
As a side note, I do plan on spending many months travelling throughout the US for work and will bring my children with me. Also hope to move to the States and eventually enroll my kids in school there. Thanks!!
America doesn't really have one curriculum. Each State is different, and even within the same state, each district is a little different.
In addition, most states do NOT require homeschoolers to follow exactly what the Public School does.
However, I'd be happy to suggest some homeschooling resources.
For math I like Horizons for K-6 and Teaching Textbooks for 7-12th.
Horizons, (note that the worksheet packets are not necessary, just the books):
For language arts there are many great things out there, too many to list. I suggest something with lots of literature once the children are reading well. Hewitt homeschooling has some great material.
For science I like the “Christian Kids Explore…” series. Though I don't know if you are a Christian, and if you aren't you might not like it too much.
For History I like “The Mystery of History”:
I also like to vary what I use; for example next year my studies will be based on a Unit Study called “Galloping the Globe”.
There are many wonderful programs available, I wish you luck in finding the best one for your family.
Here are some other links you might find helpful:
http://www.starfall.com (Free learning site)
http://www.handwritingforkids.com (Free worksheets)
http://www.enchantedlearning.com (Free learning site with purchased membership)
http://www.abcteach.com (free learning site with purchased membership.)
http://www.homeschooldiscount.com (on line catalog)
http://www.sonlight.com (on line catalog)
http://www.abeka.com (on line catalog)
http://www.homeschoolstockroom.com (on line catalog)
http://www.rocksolidinc.com (on-line catalog)
http://www.christianbook.com (on line catalog with homeschooling section)
http://www.earlychildhoodlinks.com (links to lots of sites)
http://www.kn.att.com (has some learning links)
http://www.first-school.ws (free preschool stuff)
http://www.wxdude.com (Meteorology studies)
http://www.freeworksheets.com (free worksheets after membership purchase)
http://teacher.scholastic.com (some free worksheets and activities)
http://www.tlsbooks.com (LOTS of free stuff-no membership required)
http://www.mathsisfun.com (free activities and games)
http://www.coolmath.com (free activities and games)
http://www.dltk-kids.com (Lots of ideas and activities)
http://www.auntlee.com (Free games and activities)
http://www.funbrain.com (Free games and activities)
http://www.brainpopjr.com (Games and activities, membership required)
http://www.iknowthat.com (Free activities, registration required, but no fee for registration)
http://kidsites.com (links to lots of sites)
http://www.eclectichomeschool.org (Online newsletter and catalog)
http://www.rainbowresource.com (Curriculum company, request their print catalog, you'll never see all they offer on the website unless you know what you are looking for)
http://www.donnayoung.org (Lots of free homeschool helps, links to some free software, educational fonts, schedules for popular curriculum, record keeping forms, etc.)
http://alphaphonics.com (On-line catalog)
http://www.triviumpursuit.com (mostly ideas and articles, with some resources)
http://themathworksheetsite.com (Math worksheets, membership fee required)
http://startwrite.com (Handwriting program for sale)
http://www.letteroftheweek.com/index.html (Free curriculum for preschool to age 8)
http://www.homeschooling.about.com/cs/learning/a/courseofstudy.htm (this has a list of what is typically covered in each grade, along with links to on-line resources to help teach it.)