Homeschool Curriculum Reviews for Electives

Electives can cover such a wide range of topics in homeschool. And electives are often where our students find the most joy – plus develop unique talents and interests.

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Our Homeschool Curriculum Reviews for Electives

Below are some of the many electives reviews our Curriculum Choice authors have written.  You’ll be amazed at all the resources available to you and your homeschoolers!

Econonics

Fine Arts

Art

Music

Foreign Language

High School

Home Economics

Logic

Homeschool P.E., Fitness & SportsReview Team Group Posts

Once a month our review team shares an ‘ultimate’ list of reviews and helps on a certain topic. Those they share are both reviews here at The Curriculum Choice and links to their personal websites.

Homeschool PE, Fitness and Sports

Foreign Language Curriculum Reviews for Homeschool

Bible, Character Training and Parenting Resources

Art in the Homeschool

Patriotic Resources

Holiday Fun

More Encouragement from Our Authors

The Curriculum Choice authors have active blogs where they share all kinds of homeschooling advice and experiences.  Below, you’ll find links to helpful posts on electives from a few of our veteran homeschooling authors.

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 Barb-Harmony Art Mom

Dover’s Art Masterpieces to Color: Sharing our favorite art themed coloring books.

Teen Smart: Driver’s Education: We used this program with both my teenage boys to receive a reduced rate on our auto insurance. I combined it with their regular driver’s education course to create a really great high school course.

 How Artists See: The How Artists See series from Abbeville Press is one of my favorites. Every single book is filled with wonderful artwork based on a theme….elements, families, heroes, animals, etc.

Online Psychology Course

Susan & Megan Education Possible

Homeschool High School with Online Psychology Course – In addition to strong course content, this program offers students an opportunity to work independently, become familiar with the format of online courses, and prepare to take the Psychology CLEP course.

How to Help Your Teen Study Smarter: Sponge Learning Skills – Learning how to study is a skill high school students must learn. The Sponge program explains how memory works and then teaches important skills including textbook reading strategies, time management, note taking, and text taking prep.

How I Teach Keyboarding to My Child With Dysgraphia – The unique finger guides available with the Keyboard Classroom have made all of the difference in teaching my child proper keyboard techniques!

Apologia Biblical WorldviewStephanie @ Harrington Harmonies

Apologia Biblical Worldview: What We Believe Series- As a mother of two adults, I know just how hard a task we face in raising our children for Christ. It’s a mission at the very crux of my homeschool heart; a sublime task we face as parents who really want to pass along our faith to our children. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a program or curriculum we could follow as we instruct our children to be in the world but not of the world?   The What We Believe Biblical Worldview Series  from Apologia is such a program.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels- After a quick listing of supplies and hints the tutorial takes you step by step from beginning the drawing to completion. The tutorials often offer a new angle of approach and highlight specific techniques, skills or terms applied to the specific project. This adds perfect variety so that each tutorial is enjoyable.

Homeschool in The Woods: Artists Hands On Activity Pak-“Hands-on” is the perfect description for this product because there really isn’t much reading and text except for what is presented when doing the activities. That makes it ideal for the tactile learner. You can first do the learning projects and activities of your choice and then later use them to build the lapbook.Lots of fun!

Blog, She Wrote: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool

Heather at Blog, She Wrote

Homeschool Foreign Language Instruction with iTalki- Learn a foreign language from a native speaker. We loved our Arabic lessons with iTalki.

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool- Our daughter is passionate about sewing and fashion design. As she begins high school in 2014-2015, sewing will be one of her electives annually as she builds a portfolio for her future.

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Our Steps to College – How Electives Help,  or High School Electives – “There is so much more to homeschooling to college than just meeting the college admission requirements.  Our teens want to explore the world around them, follow their interests, and delve into new subjects, as their hearts lead them.  And that’s where the high school electives come in!  And they can also help with getting into college.”

Video Making – Our Homemade Elective – “This post tells how we put together a homemade course in video production.  It  includes how to’s, equipment needed, links to the videos that my daughter made, the fun that we had, and how we went about assigning credit for it.”

Being a Legislator for the Day – Youth and Government – one of our elective courses – “In this elective, teens learn all about state government by acting as legislators, and debating their own mock bills.  It is so hands on, that my teen and her friends loved it, while building self esteem and leadership skills along the way.”

Hooray-for-Homeschool-Extras-Day-580x386Tricia at Hodgepodge

How to Fit in All the Homeschool Extras – Well, in our house we call them the extras because they are the really fun part of homeschooling. The icing on the homeschool cake. The things we look forward to. But I feel strongly that mixing in a balance of enriching subjects makes for a happy child and a happy mama. A well educated child.

Harmony Fine Arts Plans for Art and Music Appreciation – For this mama, using HFA plans is easy. I just click to open the plans, click to print what we might like to complement our studies, click to print a coloring page for the younger ones.

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett – a round up of the unit studies reviews here at The Curriculum Choice. “Unit studies encourage the use of imagination, creativity, and analytical thinking. In a typical textbook curriculum, the “facts” are simply memorized and regurgitated, only to be forgotten soon after the test. Unit studies teach children how to find the answers to their questions of how something works and why it is that way. They learn to seek the information that satisfies their need to know. They learn how to learn.” ~ Amanda Bennett

High School: Electives/Volunteer Work – in this weekly wrap up post, I share a peek at how our two high schoolers stay busy with volunteer positions besides the extracurricular drama troupe, piano and online computer courses.

Homeschool Electives and Extracurricular for Multiple AgesHomeschooling Multiple Ages tip: group your extracurricular activities together on the same day as much as possible. It surely takes some organizing but helps so much to be HOME the majority of the week to homeschool.

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Annie Kate at Tea Time with Annie Kate

Personal finance is an important topic that many adults have not yet mastered.  Dave Ramsay has put together a high school curriculum, Foundations in Personal Finance, that can save your teen from many financial mistakes.  Besides being informative, this course is also wildly funny.

How to Raise your High School Grades by Half a Point in One Semester is a course my children were sad to finish.  It is exceedingly opinionated and therefore funny, but it also presents many valuable concepts and generates a lot of discussion.

Traditionally-schooled teens have guidance counsellors.  Homeschooled teens can benefit from The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for HomeschoolersIts questionnaires helps teens think about their own talents, interests, and personality in relation to their future.  Also, each time one of my teens has gone through this guide, I’ve learned something new about them.  This new knowledge has helped me understand them and help them structure their high school courses, their hobbies, and their volunteering.

Logic is an important topic in our homeschool.   We use resources from The Critical Thinking Company, including the James Madison Critical Thinking Course for high school.  The children have also enjoyed The Fallacy Detective so much that they reread it for fun.

Follow Curriculum’s board Electives/Enrichment on Pinterest.
Our Electives Pinterest Board

hopscotchjuly2014We are joining up with our iHomeschool Network friends in a summer hopscotch!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our week of homeschool curriculum reviews. Be sure to pin each post for future reference! (Each link below will be live on that day).

Five Days of Homeschool Curriculum Reviews

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Tricia (93 Posts)

Homeschooling for over a dozen years now, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children. She is author of art curriculum for all ages, a cookbook series and helpful homeschool habits at Hodgepodge. She and her husband, Steve, are owners of The Curriculum Choice.


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  • Heidi July 25, 2014, 8:24 am

    Thank you for this week of reviews! I really appreciated today’s post about electives. With elementary kids, we have mainly done art and foreign language. But the oldest is entering middle school and it is time to think about high school … Including electives. Good info to start thinking about.

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  • Bethany July 25, 2014, 8:47 am

    Thanks for the review! My children are young, so at this point electives are based on their interests. We have lots of time after lunch to incorporate an elective, art, sign language, nature walks to find rocks to collect and study, etc.

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  • julia cosgrove July 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

    We discuss our interests and then plan our electives with them.

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  • Pam July 25, 2014, 2:33 pm

    What a great resource you have created here! I’m bookmarking it so I can go back and really have time to read everything!

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  • Jessica July 25, 2014, 5:52 pm

    I choose electives based in the interest of my child.

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  • Wendy July 25, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Thanks for all the great info.! We are just at the beginning of figuring out how to navigate through high school!

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  • Amber July 25, 2014, 8:44 pm

    I would love to know how to choose elective and when to make time for them! My kids LOVE the extras, but I never seem to have time to use them.

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  • Melissa July 25, 2014, 9:33 pm

    I pick electives based on interest of the child and then needs I want to accomplish.

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  • Gretchen July 26, 2014, 7:11 am

    What a wonderful giveaway. I’m having so much fun looking through all the resources in this post!

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  • Gretchen July 26, 2014, 7:13 am

    With really young kids I try to load up on electives since they don’t see them as ‘school’ and stay motivated!

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  • Kristina U July 26, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I’m trying to make our art supplies more accessible so it’s easier to do when we have time.

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  • Cindy Freeman July 28, 2014, 7:07 am

    I don’t, but want to! I would love to win this bundle for my daughter.

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  • Isabelle Lussier July 28, 2014, 7:28 am

    I would go with my ability to teach or the child interest for electives. For example my oldest loves guitar so he would do this more while his brother is more creative in drawing and Lego building.

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  • RaShell S July 28, 2014, 7:28 am

    We try to have all our major school work and chores done by early afternoon so the children can have the rest of the day to explore whichever electives they like.

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  • Beth July 28, 2014, 7:40 am

    My daughter is just starting 9th grade and we will be choosing electives bases on her interests.

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  • Jodi July 28, 2014, 7:56 am

    Thanks for all the reviews. Very helpful!

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  • April July 28, 2014, 8:08 am

    Thanks for posting all of these great resources.

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  • Deirdre July 28, 2014, 8:18 am

    So far we have chosen electives based on what my daughters have wanted to learn. We are going to focus more on different drawing techniques this year and starting to learn German.

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  • Nicole Alvarez July 28, 2014, 9:08 am

    I have been enjoying all the posts. I like reading the negatives and positives, because what might not work for one person might work for me! :o). To carve out time, you need to change your mind set. Electives aren’t really ” extras”. They are an integral part of a well rounded individual!

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  • Aimee July 28, 2014, 9:18 am

    It is easy choosing the electives, based on the child’s interests. Working them into the daily school schedule, however, is often the challenge!

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  • Kela Nellums July 28, 2014, 9:18 am

    This is the first year I’m REALLY honing in on electives and being specific!
    Kela Nellums´s last blog post ..As The Lord Leads Our 2014-2015 Homeschool Year

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  • Dianna A July 28, 2014, 9:19 am

    I choose electives by seeing what my kids are interested in and then deciding out of those things what we could incorporate into our lessons.
    Dianna A´s last blog post ..OneFaithBoutique.com

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  • ModernMia July 28, 2014, 9:54 am

    We carve out time on most Fridays for electives. The kids enjoy having the last day of their school week spent doing art, music, or fieldtrips.

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  • Glennda July 28, 2014, 11:13 am

    I’m still trying to figure out how to choose and make time for electives!

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  • tammy cordery July 28, 2014, 3:49 pm

    You need the electives because if you don’t they will not want to learn. You have to make it fun for them if you want them to learn.

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  • Bonnie Boucek July 28, 2014, 6:25 pm

    I let the kids share their interests and then look for courses that go with those interests. Often I have found myself creating a curriculum for their interests.

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  • Melissa Pallex July 28, 2014, 8:13 pm

    I try to get our main academic work done in the morning, before lunch, leaving the afternoon free for tackling electives. There are some electives that I choose because I feel they’re important, while others I allow to be more casual, following my sons’ interests.

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  • Jackie July 28, 2014, 8:28 pm

    I mix art with cooking, and listening to Old Time Radio (You would be surprised at some of the electives you can find when you know where to get them), My son does puzzles and we make things for our house and as gifts.
    When you make the electives fun the kids enjoy them a lot more.

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  • Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim July 28, 2014, 8:37 pm

    I ask my son what he is interested in and we decide from there what electives he will take. We chose (together) horseback riding and karate in the past. We tried violin but didn’t get too far in that area.
    Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim´s last blog post ..Super Sale: Homeschool Edition

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  • Katie July 28, 2014, 9:45 pm

    We do electives based on what the child is interested in and what is offered.

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  • Cristy S. July 30, 2014, 6:18 am

    My daughter decides what electives we do. It’s usuall y something art-based :)

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  • Stacey Roberson July 30, 2014, 10:15 am

    I choose electives based on what I think my daughter will enjoy and interest her.

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  • Nicole Sparks July 30, 2014, 1:35 pm

    We are just getting started with early elementary, so I choose electives that I think will interest them. Finding time to fit them in is the hard part.

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  • Renee C July 30, 2014, 7:28 pm

    We choose electives based on the kids’ interests as well as affordability.

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  • Rebecca S. July 30, 2014, 9:29 pm

    The only way I’ve found to carve out time for electives is to schedule it like an appointment.

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