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"I believe homework in elementary school should be extremely limited. It is appropriate for learning multiplication tables, spelling words and test review. It is also helpful in training kids to remember assignments, bring books home and complete them as required. But to load them down night after night with monotonous work is to invite educational burnout." ~James Dobson

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Bible Study

KJV Kids’ Study Bible, by Lawrence O. Richards. The KJV Kids’ Study Bible uses the complete King James Version, a timeless treasure and traditional favorite that’s hard to find in children’s Bibles. Besides the faithful text of the King James, this colorful edition contains many helpful features and activities to keep the child’s interest. It has introductions to each book, a summary of what each book is about, thought questions for the child to understand God’s Word at their level, fun facts about life in Bible times, and important verses to remember. In addition, there are eight color maps that show where Bible events took place, and a dictionary/concordance.


Saxon Math 65

Saxon is the only major math program on the market that systematically distributes instruction, practice, and assessment throughout the entire text as opposed to concentrating, or massing, related concepts into a short period of time--usually within a unit or chapter. Saxon’s unique approach ensures that students not only gain but also retain essential math skills.
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God’s Design for Science, by Richard and Debbie Lawrence. This is a complete science curriculum for grades 1-8 all in one set! It covers life science, earth science, physical science, chemistry and ecology. Learn how real science supports biblical authority and the Genesis account of creation. The curriculum was designed specifically with homeschoolers in mind so the lessons are short, easy to teach, and take a hands-on approach using ordinary household items for experiments and activities. The recommended sequence is... Grade 1: Life Science; Grade 2: Earth Science; Grade 3: Chemistry; and Grade 4: Physical Science followed by Grade 5: Life Science; Grade 6: Earth Science; Grade 7: Chemistry; and Grade 8: Physical Science. Each subject has a "Beginners" section geared to elementary-age students, and when you start the series over again with middle school students you will use the more in-depth "Challenge" section. This way, each subject is taught twice to reinforce previous learning and develop deeper understanding of the concepts. (This also lets you teach younger and older children at the same time.) The curriculum comes with 16 softcovers (including both student & teacher books) and 4 CD-ROMs. All of the worksheets and tests may be photocopied for use with more than one student.

The Scientist's Apprentice, by Hilary Welliver. This complete one-year science curriculum allows you to teach all your kids in grades K through 6 together! Students learn about astronomy, anatomy, earth science, and oceanography through experiments, activities, songs, art and more. Includes detailed teacher information, lesson plans, bibliographies, and reproducible activity sheets. More interesting than a text and easier than creating your own study.

SEE ALSO: Elementary School Science Simulations - Colorful, Fun, and Interactive!


The Story of the World: Volume 1: Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer. The Story of the World with its accompanying Activity Book and Test Packet is a complete history curriculum for one year. You can also read literature that relates to the time period (5000 BC to 400 AD).

We recommend a history encyclopedia as well, like the Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, Usborne Book of World History, the Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World, or the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. The main advantage to these encyclopedias are the wonderfully detailed illustrations.

Language Arts

Easy Grammar 5, by Wanda Phillips. The classic grammar text used by homeschoolers. Easy Grammar texts use the prepositional approach, showing students how to delete prepositional phrases in order to help understand other concepts. Includes grammar, capitalization, punctuation, sentence types, phrases/clauses, and friendly/business letters.

Grammar & Writing Grade 5, by Curtis & Hake. From the creators of Saxon Math! Believing that students would benefit from a language arts series designed with the Saxon model of incremental development and continual review, they commissioned a team of authors to produce Grammar and Writing. This comprehensive yet easy-to-use language arts program covers English grammar, writing, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary. The curriculum embeds content from other subject areas so that students learn valuable knowledge while developing English language skills. The texts are written by Christine Curtis, Adjunct Professor of English at Biola University, and Mary Hake, former teacher and homeschool parent. As longtime users of Saxon Math, we’ve found that the Saxon style of instruction works just as effectively in language arts. Homeschoolers will want to buy the kit which contains a Student Textbook, Student Workbook, and Teacher Packet.


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