When you’re a homeschool family, learning happens differently. You have complete flexibility in every aspect of your child’s education including homeschool curriculum and schedule. Over the last six years of homeschooling, our family has had to learn what works for us and what doesn’t. We’ve made minor adjustments from year to year to appeal to our oldest child’s unique learning style. Now just as we’ve finally seemed to settle into something that works, our younger child is ready to start school full time and I’m faced with a whole new challenge – being in two places at once.
You see, our homeschool has a fourth grader and a preschooler. They both enjoy school and love to learn in different ways. I’m grateful for that. But it’s hard for this mama to instruct two boys at the same time. That’s why I’m looking to tag team with “virtual teachers” through online and video resources to keep their education going.
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One of my go-to places to find online and video resources is the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op. Not only did I get my favorite art curriculum there, but they also have a great online planner. Plus, as a buying club boasting nearly 200,000 member families, the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op is able to use their collective purchasing power to get the best deals on a variety of homeschool curriculum. They offer a deep catalog of resources and make it easy to search for the right program to fit your needs.
Just recently I was searching for online and digital language arts homeschool curriculum that will keep both my kiddos’ learning while I work with the other. Here are some of the programs that caught my eye.
Online Language Arts for a Beginning Reader
Now I’m a trained, certified and experienced elementary school educator. I’m also a stay-at-home mom with more than 5 years of home education experience. I love teaching, but between you and me…I don’t like to teach reading.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good book discussion. But teaching letter sounds and phonic rules? Yeah, not my thing.
That’s why I was excited to discover that the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op had some quality resources for getting my littlest learner excited about reading.
Reading Eggs is a fun online reading program for early learners that offers a huge variety of reading lessons, game-like activities, memorable funny songs, animated characters, and rewards. With Reading Eggs, your child’s journey toward becoming a proficient reader can progress at its own pace with individual, one-on-one lessons.
The program includes:
- Animated online lessons which teach essential reading skills through a variety of fun activities.
- Online books that help your child gain confidence by reading the words they’ve already learned in the program.
- Rewards in the form of golden eggs which can be used to unlock games.
- Quizzes every 10 lessons so parents can see what their child is learning.
Order Reading Eggs through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op and save 25% off retail price. // Retail price: $59. Current group price: $44.25.
Dr. Suess and Friends Online Streaming
Introduce your beginning reader to the fun of learning with content from CCC! Streaming Media’s Dr. Suess and Friends. With a yearly subscription you’ll gain access to programs like Between the Lions, Classic Tales Retold, Once Upon a Time Series, the Roald Dahl Series, PBS Nature and more. Currently, the package includes 518 shows with more being added each fall.
Additionally, the subscription includes access to an abundance of support materials including teachers guides, student activities, and student quizzes.
CCC! Streaming Media’s content is only available to schools, but members of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op can get access to Dr. Suess and Friends Online Streaming for $39.95 a year. Additional packages are also available.
Grammar and Writing for Upper Elementary
My oldest son has his sights set on becoming a filmmaker and I want to encourage him in that endeavor as much as I can. He’s already a voracious reader, so I want to help him become a better writer and develop the skill of storytelling. The Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op offers several choices for grammar and writing programs. Here are a few that caught my eye.
Captivation Station is a unique digital writing and grammar platform that features step-by-step, daily video lessons geared toward 3rd-5th graders. A unique feature of this program is that students can share their writings for feedback from other students with similar interests in a safe environment. All of the work can be done independently and students have the option of typing their writings or practicing their penmanship with pen and paper.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op members enjoy an 81% savings on this curriculum versus buying a classroom license. // Retail price: $619. Current group price: $119.
For those who may not be as confident in teaching grammar or who may have their hands full with teaching other kiddos, Word Voyage’s CORE Vocabulary and Grammar Curriculum could be a great option. This program, accessed entirely online, that lets you choose between parent-led learning or personal-tutor driven instruction. Either option gives students the opportunity to investigate, at their own individual levels, “how words work”.
I love that this program uses real literature to teach vocabulary. Word Voyage offers vocabulary words for an extensive list of books enabling the parent to choose books that will suit their child’s interest. In this program, students will learn the Latin and Greek roots of words so they no longer have to skip over unfamiliar words they encounter in their reading.
You can save on both the parent-led program and the online tutoring options when you purchase through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-Op. // Retail price: $65. Current group price: $45. Save 10-15% on online tutoring.
Reading Homeschool Curriculum for the Whole Family
myON Online Literacy Program
I love that this program will continually challenge my boys to grow in their reading abilities. myOn boasts a catalog of more than 4,000 fiction and non-fiction digital books, but the best part is they personalize the reading list for each child based on their interests and Lexile reading level. Formats include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and more.
The first time you log into myON each student takes an interest inventory and Lexile reading level assessment. This creates a personalized experience for each student that is designed to keep them motivated and stretch their learning. As more books are read new reading assessments are given so you can track your child’s progress.
myON is typically only available to school districts, but you can join through the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op for only $39.95 per student.
If you’re looking for ways to engage each of your homeschool kiddos’ individually no matter their age or grade level, head over to the Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op to check out their deals. Not only will you find great online resources, you’ll also discover other award-winning selections of language arts products, including curriculum for phonics, reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar at a savings up to 93%. The Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op will become one of your favorite resources for sparking your kids’ learning and helping you juggle your hectic homeschool day.