50 Most Popular Homeschool Curriculum in 2020
There are so many homeschooling programs on the market today! Every website recommends its own favourite. How do you know the best homeschooling curriculum when you see it? Sometimes a recommendation from a friend is helpful, but their experience with a curriculum might be narrow. You can also look at websites which tell you what curricula they think is best. But, I think a more accurate way to check out the top homeschooling curriculum programs today is to look at their search volume. And that is what we’re going to do in this article.
I do this by listing the most googled curriculum terms and then listing the search volume in America per month. If relevant, I’ve added the second most relevant googled term in relation to that home education programs in brackets.
Because America has the highest number of homeschoolers, we use American statistics. However, readers should be aware that different countries would favour different homeschooling curriculum in differing volumes.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the choices available to you, I’ve done a number of reviews on BJU homeschooling curricula. I’ve been impressed with their thoughtfulness and thoroughness throughout the material reviewed. You can check them out here or click the banner below.
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110,000 searches/month/United States (Switched on Schoolhouse Online 4,400)
This Christian program has risen to popularity thanks to its computer-based format. Everything is done on the computer, making the system paperless and easy to implement.
Switched-on-Schoolhouse is the USB/CD version of Alpha Omega publishing material (it is not an online homeschooling program. The online version is Monarch which can be used with a subscription).
You can look at my overview/review of the Switched on Schoolhouse program here.
90,500 (Time4Learning 60,500)
Time4Learning is a popular secular online homeschooling curriculum for PreK to Year 12 students. It engages children by switching to different teaching methods to increase interest in subjects.
Because the creators also have a focus on short lessons, they don’t make students sit though long-winded discussions.
This is what makes Time4Learning particularly suited to students who have a short attention span. It’s also a great homeschool curriculum for Autism or Asperger’s.
Similar programs to this one are Acellus Academy (that is, it is also secular).
40,500* (Easy Peasy Homeschool 14,800; Easy Peasy All in One 9,900)
Easy Peasy is an online free Christian curriculum. The material is also printable.
It directs parents to many online resources to complete lessons. Facebook groups are available so parents can ask questions and get help when they need it. It’s the most popular free homeschooling program available today.
You can look at my overview/review of Easy Peasy All-in-One here.
33,100 (Abeka Academy 14,800)
It is notably different from the rest in that it is probably the most affordable of the three programs and offers accreditation (through Abeka ACADEMY) for no extra cost.
You can look at an Abeka review here.
27,100 (The Good and the Beautiful curriculum 1,600)*
A beautifully illustrated low-cost home education program that describes itself as a non-denominational Christian program. This program is written by Jenny Phillips, “a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”.
The program aims to infuse a love of learning into children as they devour engaging, powerful literature.
22,200 (Classical Conversations Homeschool 590)
This home education curriculum is a Christian program modelled on the Classical method.
Families meet together in co-ops around America a couple of days a week. During this time, students debate together and study other things relevant to Classical education (check out the grammar, logic and rhetoric phases of the trivium in a classical education).
I’ve been informed that critical mass to start a Classical Conversations group of your own in your local area is 2 families.
The Great Courses Plus is a selection of subjects that are taught by university professors in video format.
If homeschoolers are interested in a particular subject they want to know more about (but aren’t necessarily going to get it in a standard home education program), Great Courses Plus can fill that void.
I have personal experience with this program as I recently did a video course on how to produce great writing.
9,900 (My Father’s World Curriculum 1,000)
When you start looking into homeschooling, most articles will direct you to research the homeschooling methods and then that will help you decide on what homeschooling curriculum will be best for you.
After researching methods, many Christian parents find they are tossing up the Classical homeschooling method (so rigorous! – and who doesn’t love Latin) and the Charlotte Mason style (get me outside!).
My Father’s World has produced a product that combines the two above methods with Unit Studies. Some might say it is an unholy medley of the purer methods. However, from the reviews I’ve seen, most parents love this program.
If you’re interested in knowing more, I’ve done a preliminary My Father’s World review here.
KONOS is a Christian homeschooling program for large families. It has a Unit Studies (hands-on) focus and allows parents to teach all children in the family at the same time.
The family learns a character trait every month or two in a Unit or Volume. When they do this, students learn a variety of subjects (including Bible).
The Unit or Volume is really a teacher’s manual with activities from Kindergarten to Grade 8. This means you can teach all your children at once!
Outschool lets children explore their interests using online classes and camps. Students between three and 18 years join classes with passionate teachers and learn about things that have piqued their interest.
Outschool teaches children the basics but also seems to specialize in teaching things that are usually extra-curricula interests, such as coding or music. Therefore, if your curriculum doesn’t offer these things, you can see if Outschool has them.
Some classes Outschool teach are:
- statistics – in Math
- sewing – in Life Skills
- cooking – in Life Skills
- financial skills – in Life Skills
- zoology – in Science and Nature
- emotions – in Health and Wellness
- marine biology – in Science and Nature
- robotics and coding – in Coding and Tech
- American sign language – in World Languages
This could be a great program that might encourage your children to think about what they want to be when they grow up, or what type of entrepreneur they want to be.
8,100 (Sonlight curriculum 3,600)
Sonlight is a Christian homeschooling program that has a Charlotte Mason twist to it. That is, it uses living books to teach children literature and concepts. The program is popular in many countries including America and Australia.
6,600 (Acellus Power Homeschool 1,600; Acellus Academy 8,100; Acellus 49,000)
Power Homeschool is the homeschooling version of Acellus. The program provides Acellus courses to students. These courses are taught online by teachers using prism diagnostics. These diagnostics work to identify a student’s educational weak points and target these for work.
This means children aren’t doing busywork, but they’re actively working on concepts they’re struggling with. This helps students fill in holes in their knowledge.
Please note that this program is a secular homeschooling curriculum. Another secular curriculum is Time4Learning.
6,600 (BJU Homeschool 2,900)
BJU Press is one of my favourite Christian homeschooling programs. It is a thorough curriculum that has been around for years.
The BJU Press homeschooling curriculum integrates a solid Biblical Worldview into all of its material, making every textbook you choose a scriptural teacher in some way.
As well as the program itself, I’ve reviewed a few of their programs including their Kindergarten Phonics package and their Biblical Worldview program (video below). You can also see my overview of BJU Press here.
6,600 (Memoria Press Online 720)
Memoria Press is a great mailable program for all children, but especially gifted children. It allows gifted homeschoolers to exercise their minds rigorously and challenges them using classical Christian methods.
Students learn the trivium in the grammar, logic and rhetoric phases of classical education. This means they will learn Latin, debating, logic, argumentation and a host of other things students learned 100 (or 2000) years ago.
6,600 (Ambleside 1,900)
The curriculum is an amazing compendium of resources with links to free PDF living books (but you have to buy some of the books that aren’t available free). The website also has free copies of Charlotte Mason books (such as Home Education*) which will guide educators in the CM homeschooling method.
5,400 (Veritas Press Online 480)
Veritas Press is an online homeschooling curriculum that also offers mailable textbooks. It is a Christian program modelled on the Classical method. They supply grammar and secondary stage materials.
In addition, they offer live online courses for the above stages. If you don’t like the live version, there is also self-paced options.
Simply Charlotte Mason is a fun homeschooling curriculum on the market today. As its name suggests, it is a program based on the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason. The program includes affordable lesson plans that give parents the confidence to teach their children using this method.
Like KONOS, parents can teach their whole family using the curriculum, making this program ideal for large families. Other curriculum packages like this one include A Gentle Feast, Living Books Curriculum, and Ambleside Online. You can find out more about different Charlotte Mason curriculum packages here.
Like many curricula on the market today, Bridgeway Academy offers a number of different modes of education, including virtual programs, textbooks, and live online classes.
Unlike a lot of curricula, BridgeWay Academy tries hard to personalize a curriculum for students who are living in varied situations (e.g. military families or missionaries).
I wasn’t sure if this program was a Christian one or not. This is what their website says on the matter, “As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, and others who seek home education options for their families.” If anyone has any experience on this head, feel free to comment.
The curriculum has a strong emphasis on teaching Latin to children in their younger years in order to give them a great grounding in the English (and other) language(s).
This program doesn’t claim to be a Christian program on their homepage, but when reviewed on homeschool.com, the writer claims it is a Christian program.
1,900 (5 in a Row 480)
1,600 (Lifepac Alpha Omega 390)
1,600 (A Gentle Feast 140)
880 (Calvert Education Services 140)
480 (Horizons homeschool curriculum 110)
390 (Monarch Homeschool curriculum 140)
Described as a ‘liberal arts education inspired by Charlotte Mason’, the Living Books Curriculum is a mix between Charlotte Mason and classical education. As you may have noticed, this is a popular combination when it comes to Christian homeschooling curriculum!
This program is described on the website as ‘secular Charlotte Mason homeschooling curriculum’.
210 (Charlotte Mason Institute Alveary 60)
This free classical homeschooling curriculum is a recommendation of books you’ll need if you want to study using the classical method. It seems like a book list with links to relevant books for each Grade. This program is not aiming to be a Christian curriculum, however, it contains books which are Christian. As such, it would be the most secular classical curriculum on the market today.
90* (Searched in Australia 260)
An Australian Christian homeschooling curriculum modelled after the Charlotte Mason homeschooling method.
10 (Charlotte Mason College distance education 10)
Some websites can perhaps be used as a homeschooling curriculum or for homeschooling resources such as the following:
* Curricula containing an asterisk (*) next to it means the search volume could be artificially boosted by a common search term. For example, ‘Higher Up and Further In’ might be googled because it is a homeschool curriculum. But, it might also be googled because it is a phrase in a CS Lewis book.
There are some great phonics programs that assist children to read. Some of my favourites include:
- Footsteps for Fours (by BJU)
- Phonics Museum (by Veritas Press)
- Reading Eggs (for young children; Reading Eggspress is for older children) – Free Trial available
- Hooked on Phonics
HELP! Too much information!
If you’d like a few of these curricula narrowed down a little into different categories, I’d suggest checking out the following pages:
- Christian Homeschooling Curriculum Packages
- Free Homeschooling Curriculum
- Classical Homeschooling Curriculum
- Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Curriculum
Some of these overlap a little, but they should provide a narrower list for you. If you’d like to check out individual preliminary homeschooling curriculum reviews I’ve done, check out this page.
Conclusion: Most Popular Homeschooling Curriculum Packages in 2020
With the huge amount of great homeschooling curriculum programs on display today, picking a program can be a difficult task. There’s a lot to research! Hopefully, this list has given you a few ideas about what you might like and what you don’t. All the best with your research!