One good thing about living in CA (there aren't many lol) is that we have virtual charter schools, and that is a public school that caters to homeschool families. Tax dollars that a traditional public school would receive are used to provide me with curriculum and an education specialist to report to. I love it, because 1: the state pays for our curriculum and a few extra activities, Im given $2000 a year per child (kinder - 12 grade) to use and depending on what curriculum you choose if you have left over funds you can purchase musical instruments, lessons, dance classes...art supplies etc. The 2nd reason I love it is because I feel like my kids are still getting the education that my tax dollars are paying for. And 3rd because of the education specialist and the style of record keeping they would be able to transition right into traditional school if we ever decided we needed to go that route, they will also get a high school diploma, and transcripts to enroll into college.
The downside is that I have to purchase secular curriculum, and supplement bible teaching on my own, however the other benefits have lead me to go this direction.
Tristyn is in kindergarten and currently we are using Saxton for Math, Hooked on Phonics for reading/spelling and Handwriting without tears. Kaelyn is 3 and works on a few 'school' things from confessions of a homeschooler. And we all start off the day with a devotion/bible time and honestly its super easy to incorporate God/bible into everything else as well.
I've seen sonlight, and its awesome if you can swing it, especially if you have other kids that can use it as well! I know a few families who also love Abeka! I've read Abeka has one of the best phonics programs out there.
another great site for reviewing both secular and christian curriculum is: http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/
Also our charter is open to letting me choose from several different curriculum's, but another charter out there is: www.k12.com That one is available in several states, however it has its own curriculum (k12) which some families enjoy, but its free, and you are also provided with an education specialist and all supplies etc.
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