Including Electives in Your Homeschool Curriculum for a Well Rounded Education
You know you want to provide your children with a well rounded and rich home education. You’ve spent hours researching educational philosophy and homeschool methods. You’ve carefully chosen your homeschool curriculum including math, literature, science, and writing curriculum.
But what about those “extras”? What about those oh so important but often overlooked aspects of a full education such as art, music, and foreign language? What about electives?
How to Enrich Your Homeschool Curriculum with Electives
Maybe, like me, you don’t feel all that qualified to teach those enriching subjects. Or maybe after spending all your time drilling math facts, going over tedious phonics lessons, and figuring out how to help your middle schooler actually enjoy science, you’re just too exhausted to figure out what extras you want to cover, let alone how you’re going to cover them.
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Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op offers a variety of homeschool curriculum electives at a savings of up to 89%, which is definitely worth checking out!. If you’re having trouble trying to figure out which electives to teach and how to teach them, I’ve got some great resources to share with you!
Art Curriculum for Your Homeschool
HomeArtStudio is such a simple and easy way to include an appreciation of and practical application of the visual arts to young children in an age-appropriate way! I used HomeArtStudio’s First Grade curriculum last year with one of my children and was so pleased with how easy it was to implement. I just popped in the DVD and gathered the materials (all of which were already in our usual art/craft supplies). It was almost like having our own art teacher come over, with no lessons for me to teach and very little prep required! My daughter gained experience in several different media and techniques, all in a low key and non-stressful manner. Her older and younger siblings were also interested in several lessons and joined in on the fun.
You may already be familiar with Mark Kistler though his popular how-to-draw series on PBS. His online drawing classes have been on my radar for a while — I’ve heard good things from friends who have used them!
My middle schooler is more than a bit obsessed with drawing and sketching these days and this subscription looks so exciting with live, online drawing workshops for students ages 5+!
Music Curriculum for Your Homeschool
Maestro Classics produces Stories in Music, a classical music series for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents. These CDs/mp3s are entertaining and educational and have won over 45 national awards.
There are quite a few things we love about Maestro Classics! I love how they allow this uncultured mama to include the beauty of classical music appreciation in our homeschool. My kids love the stories and the beautiful music.
In person, piano lessons with a piano teacher can be expensive and logistically difficult to manage, especially for multiple children. Homeschool Piano offers online, video-based piano lessons for students kindergarten through adult. You pay only once, and get lifetime access to lessons for up to 5 students!
Foreign Language Curriculum for Your Homeschool
I had the opportunity to review Middlebury‘s Elementary French course a few years ago, and it was a hit! My oldest is using it again this year and is still loving it. I love their immersion styled approach to learning language. I’m also a big fan of the way that students are exposed to the language and culture through story and song. Middlebury has options for elementary through high school in French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
Read my review of Middlebury’s Elementary French, and then click over to Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op to save 24%.
My kids have also enjoyed some of the Bilingual Kids French CDs, and they were great fun for reinforcing days of the week, months of the year, foods, etc. Homeschool Buyers Co-op has options for English-French, English-Spanish, and English-Mandarin. Music is such an easy and fun way to add learning with your little ones!
Music, Art, and Foreign Language are just some of the homeschool curriculum electives that Homeschool Buyers Co-Op can help you with. They also offer resources for drivers education, typing, physical education, finance, and health curriculum.
Check out the options I outlined above, or explore Homeschool Buyers Co-Op yourself and see all that they have to offer!