ABCMouse and ABCYa are two very popular educational resources that have helped countless children develop and improve key skills in math, science, reading and more.  To help parents understand the differences between these two platforms and help them decide which is right for their needs, we decided to compare the two and outline their similarities … Read more

Lost Tools of Writing vs. IEW

Teaching students to write clearly and logically can be a challenging, and sometimes intimidating, task for homeschooling parents.  Lost Tools of Writing and the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW’s) Structure and Style are two systematic, proven and incremental writing programs that have helped students develop and hone their writing skills. These classically-inspired programs share … Read more

VocabClass Vs. Vocabulary A-Z / SpellingCity

Vocabulary A-Z (formerly SpellingCity) and VocabClass are two popular and pretty widely-used online vocabulary and spelling programs that have helped students hone their language skills for years.  As both programs can seem fairly similar, it can be hard for parents to figure out which of these programs might be best for their child.  To help … Read more

Miacademy Vs Time4Learning

Miacademy and Time4Learning are two popular and respected online learning programs, providing curricula and courses that have helped K-12 homeschooling students thrive and saved parents a good deal of valuable time and effort. Being somewhat similar and covering many of the same courses, it can be hard for some homeschooling parents to decide between these … Read more

Homeschool Writing Curriculum Guide

The importance of teaching a child to write goes well beyond their schoolwork – writing can be a powerful tool for self-expression, communication and critical thinking, as well as an outlet for their creativity.  More than most, homeschooling parents have the opportunity to shape their child’s writing ability and help them develop a lifelong love … Read more

Complete Montessori Homeschool Guide

Parents interested in homeschooling their children are often faced with a wide number of educational approaches to consider.  A popular method of teaching that has become quite popular in homeschools around the world is the Montessori approach, a child-centered and explorational way of learning based on principles first developed in the early 1900s.  In the … Read more

What Is a Homeschool Co-op?

Homeschooling can be a great option for families looking for more flexibility and personal influence over their children’s education.  It can, however, also be quite challenging, particularly for families who are new to homeschooling or wonder about their own ability to teach certain subjects.  One way that such homeschoolers can overcome some of the difficulties … Read more

A Guide to the CAT Test For Homeschool Families

For many homeschooling families, the CAT Test (California Achievement Test) can be a useful and even valuable tool to assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses, track their academic progress and, in some cases, to help meet local/state homeschooling requirements.  With homeschooling on the rise, we feel that it’s more important than ever for parents to … Read more

A Complete Guide to Worldschooling

Worldschooling is a rather unique homeschool approach that combines travel with learning. In recent years it has become something of a popular option for families looking for an alternative approach to traditional homeschooling, allowing them to explore different languages, environments and cultures while still providing a solid education for the children.  There are, however, many … Read more

The Ultimate Homeschool Science Curriculum Guide

Science is an increasingly important component of any homeschool student’s education. A strong science background can help students understand the fast-changing world around them and generally fosters the development of strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which can help them immensely in their academic careers and in their day-to-day lives.  With that said, there are … Read more