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.
There’s also a video directly below where I outline the five top homeschool curriculum packages in 2020.
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own.
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.
Other curricula similar to this one include Memoria Press, Veritas Press and Classical Academic Press.
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.
Bookshark is its secular version of the Sonlight curriculum.
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.
4,400 (Rod and Staff Curriculum 720)
Rod and Staff is a Bible-based homeschooling curriculum that has been around since I was a girl. In fact, I used these textbooks alongside Abeka and Alpha Omega publishing texts 30 years ago!
It is now produced by Milestone Books which offers other homeschooling texts from different publishers like Eastern Mennonite Publishers, Pathway Publishers, and Pentime Publishers.
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.
Mentoring Minds is an online homeschooling curriculum that aims to bring critical thinking into life applying what they call the ‘9 Traits of Critical Thinking’.
The program seems to be similar to Acellus Academy in that it uses a diagnostic tool (ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System) to understand a student’s strengths and weaknesses. After doing this, it recommends a program where pupils can focus on their weak areas and improve these.
This program uses a blended learning approach. This means students learn via electronic and online media as well as face-to-face interactions with teachers.
Like many educational programs, Mentoring Minds can record student’s work and integrate it into online systems (Student Information Systems) for easy teacher access and record-keeping.
I assume this is a secular program as it doesn’t mention an affiliation with Christian theology on its homepage. In this way, it is similar to Time4Learning and Acellus Academy.
1,900 (Schoolhouse Teachers reviews 140)
The Schoolhouse Teachers produces some of the best Christian homeschooling curriculum programs available today. This is because they offer literally hundreds of different courses for the same cheap monthly, annual, or bi-annual subscription. Students can study whatever they like, so long as they have a subscription to The Old Schoolhouse.
Coming from a solid Christian perspective, Schoolhouse Teachers offers a completely online homeschooling curriculum with the choice of PreK to 8th Grade or PreK to 12th Grade. This makes it one of the top homeschooling curriculum choices for large families.
A subscription also gives families access to preschool resources and courses which you can check out here.
1,900 (5 in a Row 480)
The Five in a Row curriculum is a homeschooling syllabus that promises to be fun, spontaneous and enjoyable for the whole family.
It offers the following different programs:
- Before Five in a Row (Ages 2-4) – a treasury of creative ideas helping parents prepare children for the lifelong adventure of learning.
- More Before Five in a Row – inspires children to learn through picture books
- Five in a Row (Ages 5-9) – easy-to-follow instructional guides for teaching Social Studies, Language, Art, Applied Mathematics and Science using great children’s literature as the foundation for each weekly unit study.
- Beyond Five in a Row (Ages 8-12) – encourages critical thinking and develops character growth in interpersonal relationships.
I like the Five in a Row curriculum as parents with differing budgets can use it. This is because it offers ‘required’ ‘add-on’, and extra material for each age. If you’ve only got a basic budget, you can just buy the ‘required package’.
1,600 (Lifepac Alpha Omega 390)
Life Pac is another Christian homeschooling curriculum produced by Alpha Omega Publications. It contains very similar content to Switched on Schoolhouse (SOS) and Monarch, it’s digital twins. However, Life Pac is done flexibly through workbooks, making it perfect for parents who prefer an offline, physical textbook style.
When you use Life Pac, ten worktexts will provide material for the whole year for a grade.
This program would be great for those who have an unreliable internet connection. It would also be good for parents who want to avoid too much screentime and the negative effects of technology overuse.
Life Pac is also similar to Horizons (see further down the page), another AO Publication, which is a little more structured. To compare Horizons vs Lifepac, check out the link.
Mater Amabilis is a Charlotte Mason style syllabus for Catholics. It is a free online homeschooling curriculum covering K to 8th Grade.
Mater Amabilis uses a structured approach as it aims to ‘follow the methodology set out in CM’s own writings as closely as possible. Children follow a set, formal course of study, using a highly efficient method which allows children to cover a broad range of subjects in the course of a short school day.’
This program has some free links to suggested resources, however, the majority of the links refer parents to buy books from Amazon as is the case with many CM curricula.
Other Charlotte Mason curriculum packages like Mater Amabilis include Simply Charlotte Mason, Ambleside Online and A Gentle Feast.
1,600 (A Gentle Feast 140)
A Gentle Feast is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling curriculum written by the Christian author, Julie Ross (you can check out her Christian convictions regarding education here). It offers lifetime access for home educators.
The curriculum is a structured approach whereby parents choose a 4-year history cycle (i.e. it repeats at the end of 4 years). Parents can then choose whether they want:
- an online bundle,
- an online plus printed teachers resource manual or
- (2) and printed resources.
This choice goes for history, language arts and the morning-time bundle. This choice makes the program more affordable for families on a single income.
As an Australian, the program seemed very Americanized (note that there is also a Canadian supplement). Given most homeschooling families are from America, this will suit them admirably.
Think languages! The Rosetta Stone homeschool curriculum is more like a language learning platform. It isn’t really a syllabus for learning to homeschool, but it will teach you the languages.
You can choose Spanish, Chinese, English, French, Arabic, and German and a host of other languages.
You can get a lifetime subscription for around $200 or get it monthly for $10.
880 (Calvert Education Services 140)
Calvert Education is an educational provider for American schools and homeschools. It offers a high level of academic excellence. Like many homeschooling curriculum providers, Calvert Education offers material for:
- homeschools (not officially accredited),
- online private schools (officially accredited), and
Does accreditation matter for the homeschooling parent? Most of the time, I don’t believe it matters whether a program is accredited or not. However, some parents might find this helpful. Read this article more on this topic.
The Calvert homeschooling website doesn’t mention a Christian affiliation, so I assume a Biblical worldview isn’t a high curriculum priority for them as other curricula like BJU would have it.
The Apologia Curriculum is a Christian homeschooling program which presents an award-winning Science and a Biblical Worldview course. The creators of Apologia aim to inculcate students with the confidence to present their scientific worldview in a biblically accurate way.
Apologia textbooks are written in a conversational style, making them easy to read. This also means students can easily navigate the curriculum themselves.
You can check out their curriculum here.
480 (Horizons homeschool curriculum 110)
Horizons was one of the best homeschool curriculum packages before it was superseded by its digital twin, Switched on Schoolhouse. This Christian program is produced by Alpha Omega Publications and is teacher-directed with daily lesson plans followed by practice. It is more formal and structured compared to Life Pac.
To compare Horizons vs Lifepac, check out this link.
What I love best about this course is that it doesn’t require a teacher’s manual for children to be able to do it! This is a huge plus for any busy mom who doesn’t want to explain everything to children. (On the other hand, a lot of mothers like being intricately involved in education.)
This is possible as the content is written to students and give students instructions directly.
The course provides material for K-12th Grade. One box serves a student for a year. In the 12th year, you have a choice between box 12A or 12B, depending on the elective you choose.
Sounds like a fun idea to me!
Get Ready for Kindergarten is a school preparation course for preschoolers. The course gets children ready to be part of a school environment. It does this by building communication skills, critical thinking, and math/reading abilities that are needed for success in kindergarten, without worksheets or added screentime.
The program can be done in any context – the home, car, or when you’re out and about.
How it works: You get a ‘KinderCarton‘ delivered to your door which is a box containing all necessary materials for that month of Kindergarten readiness activities. The month’s activities have a theme the child follows before beginning another theme with the next month’s box.
390 (Monarch Homeschool curriculum 140)
The Monarch curriculum is a production by Alpha Omega Publications (like Horizons, Life Pac and Switched-on-Schoolhouse). It is a copy of the material in Switched-on-Schoolhouse. However, the syllabus is delivered on an online subscription basis in contrast to SOS which delivers its material over USB/offline.
To find out more about this traditional homeschooling curriculum, check out Switched-on-Schoolhouse here.
Gryphon House produces early education resources for Early Childhood Education. They have a page just for Parents which gives parents free activities and resources for infants.
As you may have noticed, this is a popular combination when it comes to Christian homeschooling curriculum!
The Wildwood curriculum is described on their website as a ‘secular Charlotte Mason homeschooling curriculum’. It is a home education program that is currently being built and writers are up to Form III (12-14 years).
The program is similar to the Charlotte Mason Institute in that they are secular programs trying to hold to a Charlotte Mason philosophy.
210 (Charlotte Mason Institute Alveary 60)
The Charlotte Mason Institute is a secular Charlotte Mason home education program that operates on a subscription basis. It currently costs $250 for the 2020/2021 school year. This covers the entire family for all forms, making this a great program for large families.
When asked if they are a Christian program, their answer was, ‘No. Anyone is welcome to use our curriculum. We are an educational nonprofit, not a religious institution.’
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)
My Homeschool is an Australian Christian homeschooling curriculum modelled after the Charlotte Mason homeschooling method. The program is perfect for Australians who want a more relaxed approach to home education compared to what the traditional model offers.
At the same time, Australian home educators can rest easy knowing they’re ticking the boxes the state governments want them to tick.
Little House Kindergarten is a 100% printable curriculum for young children. The program is a pay-what-you-can program based on the educational standards in the United States. However, it aims to go above and beyond these standards.
The curriculum covers English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, Health, and Nature Study. Children study these subjects 5-days-a-week.
If you’re keen to get your children away from screens, check out My EduCrate. My EduCrate is a subscription box service parents can purchase for children aged 6-11 years of age.
Each box has lesson plans included. These help parents figure out how to conduct lessons. They also show parents the objectives covered in the lessons.
Like it sounds, My Teaching Library is a library full of resources for teachers and parents. The Library has a lot of educational resources parents can access by purchasing individually or through a subscription.
Parents can search for resources through grade level or through subjects.
This is a program to use if your children are struggling with learning grammar in their existing homeschooling curriculum.
Easy Grammar Systems offers a grammar and writing curriculum for homeschoolers in all grades.
Children start with the easiest lessons which gradually increase in difficulty. The curriculum promotes mastery learning (that is, students are encouraged to master the subject).
Children can sit a placement test to make sure they’re in the right spot.
You can check out some of their textbooks here.
Higher Up and Further In is a free Christian curriculum that offers parents a practical way to apply Charlotte Mason ideas.
This program offers two cycles of history with a strong emphasis on developing character and a Biblical worldview. The program aims to apply the principles found in Charlotte Mason’s book Home Education.
An Old Fashioned Education is a great website for finding free homeschooling resources. This website offers public domain works which give parents traditional textbooks and living books.
An advantage of using these older texts is that they have higher expectations for students compared to modern texts. They are also not as politically correct. Many also have a biblical worldview. If these sound like attributes you like in a program, check out An Old Fashioned Education.
A World of Adventure is a Christian, unit-study homeschooling curriculum for grades 4-8. The program covers Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Rennaissance and Reformation, and the Age of Exploration.
The curriculum is flexible, fun and interactive. It covers 180 workdays (this is a link to Book 1).
As parents can borrow required texts from the library, the program is very affordable (currently $90 for the whole program). There are also a couple of extras you can get such as lesson plans and a game to play for added curriculum clarity. However, these aren’t mandatory.
This program is similar to KONOS in that it is a Christain, unit-study curriculum.
10 (Charlotte Mason College distance education 10)
Charlotte Mason College is an accredited distance education provider (online school) in Australia. It provides Christian Charlotte Mason homeschooling curriculum to its prep to Year 10 students.
The College also hosts on-campus students in Queensland, Australia.
Puritans Homeschool is a free Christian homeschooling curriculum with links to many puritan books.
The program and most of the resources are free except for a few books that parents can purchase online (such as world history textbooks and Bible commentaries).
Some websites can also be used as a homeschooling curriculum or for homeschooling resources such as the following:
The Khan Academy is a free learning space where anyone can study.
As such, many homeschooling families take advantage of the great lessons on this platform to supplement other homeschooling curricula that might not be working for them.
This is a secular website.
Hippo Campus is similar to the Khan Academy in that it is a free online resource anyone can use. It offers Math, Natural & Social Sciences as well as Religious Study. Parents should be aware that this is a secular site.
IXL is a paid subscription-based learning site. It encourages children to practice subjects using rewards for answering questions correctly.
The program gets more difficult as children answer questions correctly. They stay at the same level of difficulty if the child hasn’t understood the concept. This means students can work at their own pace, making sure they understand questions before the program moves on.
It costs around $19 a month for unlimited access to math and English subjects.
* 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. An extended overview of the program is available here.
- 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 curriculum options:
- Christian homeschooling curriculum packages
- Free homeschooling curriculum
- Family style curriculum
- Unit Studies homeschool 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!