Homeschool Help!

I know it's early to be thinking about this, but it's on my mind so I thought I'd throw it out there. My oldest will be in 7th grade next year. I have thought about putting her in public school for math and langugae, but she doesn't want to, and I really don't want to either. But I'm finding that I struggle with teaching her math and Language Arts, and I know it's not going to get any easier. I really like Abeka's math, but you can't just purchase one subject on DVD. So my question to all you homeschooling gals is... Do any of you use some form of DVD, CD, online math or language arts program that you would recommend? A friend did recommend to me Teaching Textbooks which looks really interesting. I would really appreciate any help on this. So even if you don't but know someone who does, please send them my way. With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. I was going to suggest Teaching Textbooks, but you mentioned that. My cousin mentioned it to me and I actually haven't even checked it out yet but am planning to. I don't like the math part and CJ will be 8th grade next year. Thankfully, I don't have any trouble teaching English, so I really don't have any great suggestions there. I use BJU and really like it. What I really struggle with writing - as in creative writing. I wish I could find something wonderful for that!

  2. when my daughter started 7th grade, we used the abeka dvd program. it was pricey, but i didn't trust myself to teach it to her. she's in public high school now. do you have home school co~ops? i know we have a home school resource center that offers classes. there is a fee involved.

    i hope you find the perfect solution. also, ck out rainbow resource guide.


  3. Hi Kirstin,

    I actually opted to use the Abeka DVD program for the first time this year and it is AMAZING!!! I love that they get the teacher drills, information and step by step introduction to new material! My daughter took algebra II this year as well as Chemisty and other 10th and 11th grade classes and she loves it! My son who is in the 5th grade did great as well! His awareness of formulas and processes improved greatly with this! Hope that helps!

    OH, by the way, you have been tagged on my blog. :)


  4. Thanks so much for the link. I will enter you in my contest.

    I bought that at Costco to try. It was on the sweet side but could be good for camping. We make an Oatmeal pancake on the weekends that is hard to replace..yummy!

    Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

  5. My daughter uses the Abeka Language Arts workbook instead of the DVD but then again I teach Language Arts and I tutor in Reading and Language Arts. Thats my field of expertise. If you were near me Id teach your son. Now wouldnt that be win win situation?

  6. I'm mostly just stopping by to say g'day as I have no idea about homeschool curriculae.

    I hope you find the answers you need.

    E is working on something for the girls but she's been a bit busy.


  7. Hi Kirstin!
    Alek (11) uses Teaching Textbooks. He's in 5th grade but is about to finish up Grade 7 in Teaching Textbooks. This has been a WONDERFUL program!!! We definitely plan to continue on with it.

    It is VERY rare that he needs my help. There is a lecture they watch on the computer. As the teacher is explaining the lesson, you see the problem being worked out on what looks like a notepad on the computer.

    After the lecture, they have 5 practice problems and then about 20 problems to do after that. For each problem, there is a solution. So if your child gets one wrong, they can try again on their own. If they get it wrong again, they can watch the solution to that problem. It will walk them step by step through it.

    I've been very impressed with it and Alek has enjoyed it as well. It's a bit pricey up front but if someone else in your family will be using it later, it does make it a bit more reasonable.

    I don't know about language arts though. Alek is using Easy Grammar but I think it only goes up to JR. High level & is not done on DVD or computer. Have you looked at Switched on Schoolhouse? There's got to be something out there for her that she can do on her own, even if it's not a DVD or computer based program. Have you ever received the Rainbow Resource catalog? If not, go to and request a catalog. They carry just about everything homeschool related out there and give pretty good reviews of each of their products.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoy your visits! :)

    Hope that helps!

    Love, Alyssa


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