Because I like to buck the system not just with my food and health care, I also homeschool my kids 😉 What can I say? I’m just a fiercely independent person! (You can read more about why we homeschool in this post.) Since I know about half of my audience also homeschools, I wanted to let you know about the new homeschool curriculum we’ve been using this year that we are loving called, Build Your Library.
I first heard about this curriculum from a mom in my local homeschool group. She was telling me about this $30 curriculum, that plans out your entire year and gives you a giant book list that you can basically get entirely from the library, all you have to do is add your own math curriculum…it sounded way too good to be true! But I looked into it and sure enough, thats exactly what it is.
I’ve been using the 2nd grade curriculum with my girls this year (they are in kindergarten and 2nd/3rd, and I felt this level would be easiest to adjust to each of their needs). This curriculum is studying Medieval Times, we’ve been reading some great books, and I’m really pleased with it. It’s such a good fit for our lifestyle – it’s got the right blend of structure and flexibility, and I don’t have to worry about missing anything because it’s all planned out for me.
Things I love about Build Your Library Homeschool Curriculum:
- I can get practically all of the books required at my local library & the few exceptions I can get very inexpensively used on Amazon.
- Each week has the school work planned out by subject – and it’s easily moved around if we need to.
- I can open it up on Monday morning and GO, it takes very very little prep work on my part – other than ordering the books from the library the week ahead of time.
- Work load is just right – it’s not too much and it’s not too little. We can generally get everything done (including our separate reading & math curriculum) in about 2 hours max.
- Secular – I can add our own faith into our curriculum as I see fit.
- Literature based. It’s got great books, but not so much that it’s boring to my more high energy kids.
- Printable – After trying this out for 8 weeks, I’m going to take it to my local print shop to have it printed and spiral bound for me.
- It’s got ALL grades (or they will this summer when they add 12th grade)
- They have bonus unit studies – hello Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia!
Things I would change about Build Your Library Homeschool Curriculum:
- I’d like to see more youtube links, there are a few, but generally it’s got more DVDs that we have to get from the library or rent through a streaming service. I will get those sometimes, but generally I find it easier to look up a youtube video on the topic. This isn’t a big deal, but if it was linked right there for me, it would save me some time searching for the best free content.
- I’d personally like to see a printed option. Again, not a big deal here, I can take the pdf and have it printed and spiral bound myself, but if there was a bundle of a printed and digital version for each level, I’d definitely grab that.
What are my plans moving forward? To keep on using this homeschool curriculum for future grades. As a homeschool mom, I know I have to take each year (or each semester!) one at a time and re-evaluate what’s working for my kids and what needs improvement or alternative approaches. But, for now, I’m so very happy with the Build Your Library homeschool curriculum, I do plan on moving forward with it at least for the elementary grades and possibly all the way through high school – who knows?!
**disclaimer: I was given this curriculum for free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own, if I hated this I would definitely have told you 😉 I honestly feel this is well worth the $29 and would happily pay that myself for the next level we get for our homeschool.