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Popular Home School Curricula and Common Core

By Kristen Chevrier

Reposted from http://homeschoolwise.com/2013/03/02/popular-home-school-curricula-and-common-core/

After learning that some very popular home school curricula have aligned their programs with Common Core, I decided to do some research. I will be keeping a running list of those who have and have not aligned with Common Core. I would appreciate your input.

After learning that some very popular home school curricula have aligned their programs with Common Core, I decided to do some research. I will be keeping a running list of those who have and have not aligned with Common Core. I would appreciate your input.

Having curricula that meet (or exceed) Common Core standards is not the same as aligning a program with Common Core. And having elements of Common Core in a program does not make it all bad. What is important in choosing any study materials is that you are aware of what your child is learning.

While we are on the topic of curricula: Many people come into home schooling thinking that they must have a completely planned curriculum and follow it exclusively. Not so. You have much more flexibility to address the needs and interests of individual children if you are willing be creative. While there are benefits to having a standard curriculum for the basics, it’s okay to create your own by picking and choosing materials from any source that suits your needs. Don’t get stuck in a box. Be flexible. Embrace your instincts. And actively choose to be your child’s guide.

Here is what I have found, so far:

Common Core-Aligned or Receiving Funding from Common Core Proponents:

Right Start Math

MathUSee

Math Mammoth

Critical Thinking Press

BYU Independent Study

Writing Road to Reading (Spalding)

Core Knowledge Curriculum

BJU Press

Alpha Omega

K12

Appear to be acknowledging where they align with CC, but not necessarily changing to align:

Singapore Math (Please see statement by Jeffrey Thomas, President and Co-Founder of Singapore Math in the comments below.)

Saxon Math

Explode the Code

Excellence in Writing

Easy Grammar

Khan Academy (Khan Academy is funded by some of the same people who fund and promote Common Core, but the videos are pre-CC and not likely to be re-made to align with CC. )

Currently Not Aligned with Common Core:

Ray’s Arithmetic

Rod and Staff Arithmetic

Life of Fred

Miquon Math

Teaching Textbooks

Jacob’s Math

Euclid’s Elements

McGuffey’s Readers

Simply Grammar

Primary Language Lessons

Apologia Science

Sonlight Curriculum

Media Angels Curriculum

Christian Light

Abeka

Kiselev’s Math

This is not an exhaustive list. I will add to it as I find more information. Please feel free to give input.

If you are using one of the programs that has aligned with Common Core I encourage you to write to or call the publisher and let them know how you feel about it.

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Thank you, Kristen, for your helpful research.

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