BEST Christian Homeschool Curriculum Packages Reviewed

Are you looking for the best homeschooling curriculum for Christians on the market today? Unfortunately, sorting through a mountain of reviews can feel like an impossible task. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of the best Christian homeschooling curriculum programs available today.

They include big names like Bob Jones University, Switched-on-Schoolhouse, and Schoolhouse Teachers. However, the list also contains some fantastic programs like KONOS, Easy-Peasy, and Classical Conversations, which I believe are also worthy competitors.

To be clear, I haven’t road-tested all of these curricula myself. However, I’ve heard they are good options from various homeschool curriculum reviews. As such, this is why each one has been selected for inclusion in this article of the best Christian curricula.
Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

Bob Jones University (BJU)

The BJU curriculum has been around for many years and provides a homeschooling program that is extremely high quality. Christians love this program as it focuses on filling all its textbooks with a biblical worldview.

The curriculum gives parents two teaching options. They can teach the subject:

  1. themselves using a teacher’s manual or
  2. purchase a package where children are taught by BJU teachers online.

BJU is modeled after the traditional educational approach. Using the traditional approach means parents purchase textbooks, and children do their work at home (as they would in a school) with their parents (or BJU teachers) as their teachers.

After reading the forum reviews, it seemed like many new home educators were torn about whether they should purchase Abeka or BJU. It seems that these two programs are quite similar. The major difference I’ve seen is the cost and quality. BJU is more expensive but seems to be of better quality.

BJU Homeschool Review Forum

Memoria Press (Classical Christian Homeschooling Curriculum)

This curriculum is a great option for Christian parents who want to give their children a high standard of education.

Memoria Press^ is a classical program that can be mailed all over the world (as such, it’s also a great option for gifted children). A classical curriculum like Memoria Press allows homeschoolers to exercise their minds rigorously and challenges them using classical Christian methods.

What is classical education? In a nutshell, students learn the trivium in classical education’s grammarlogic, and rhetoric phases. Thus, studying the trivium means homeschoolers will learn Latindebating, logic, argumentation, and many other things students learned 100 (or 2000) years ago.

Other classical curriculum packages that are similar to Memoria Press^ include Classical Conversations, Veritas Press, and Classical Academic Press.

Programs like this one: Veritas Press, Classical Conversations

Schoolhouse Teachers

Schoolhouse Teachers is one of the best Christian homeschooling curriculum providers for large families or children with varying interests. This curriculum offers ALL of its material for a single fee (either paid monthly, quarterly, or annually).

Unlimited curriculum resources mean if you have a large homeschooling family and need to find a curriculum for them, you can get this for ALL your children for  $179 a year (on sale right now).

Apart from offering an incredible price, Schoolhouse Teachers also has an insanely huge collection of courses. This large collection means that no matter your child’s interests, Schoolhouse Teachers will probably have a Christian version of the course.

You can find out more about the Schoolhouse Teachers curriculum in this review.

Schoolhouse Teachers

Abeka (Traditional Christian Homeschooling Curriculum)

If you’re looking for a complete homeschooling curriculum package, Abeka is a good option. They’re extremely thorough with the content they cover and material reviews they set, so children don’t forget the lessons they’ve just learned.

Compared to other programs, Abeka seems to be modeled after the traditional approach. Modeling after the traditional approach means you’ll be able to sit your children down with textbooks and ask them to do their set work for the day like a schoolteacher might. Usually, there’s minimal teaching required from parents, and video tutorials are available.

The curriculum was originally made for Christian schools many years ago, so the material can seem repetitive for students who learned the lesson the first time. But, for those who benefit from repetition, this curriculum is a great choice.

You can read more about Abeka on their website here.

Abeka Review Forum

If you’d like to read opinions from parents who’ve used this curriculum before, check out this link: homeschool reviews forum for Abeka. I tried to track down other review forums for Abeka but found some were incredibly outdated (homeschoolreviews.com has the last post in 2006 for many of the curricula).

Programs like this one: BJU and Alpha Omega Publications like SOS.

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Sonlight

Sonlight is another great Christian homeschool program that many of my friends use. It values reading and is a very literature-based curriculum. Many of the books are story-based living books that engage children thoroughly. Like Abeka, Sonlight is also a paper-based curriculum, so it doesn’t offer many opportunities for hands-on play or work. However, parents can incorporate hands-on elements after formal lessons are finished.

If you’re seriously considering Sonlight, you can try it for free by ‘requesting an invitation’ here.

Sonlight Homeschool Reviews Forum

You can find an in-depth Sonlight curriculum review here.

If you’d like to read opinions from parents who’ve used this curriculum before, check out this link: homeschool reviews forum for Sonlight.  There is also a Catholic Forums review here that you might find useful.

Switched-On Schoolhouse (Alpha Omega Publishing)

Switched-on Schoolhouse is an offline (USB-delivered) Christian home education curriculum produced by Alpha Omega Publications. It is one of the best (if not the best) computer-based Christian homeschooling curriculum packages on the market today.

SOS seems to be modeled after the traditional educational model. However, it is different from Abeka and BJU in that almost everything is done online. For example, tests are saved online, and everything is recorded, making for easy record keeping and good student-accountability logs.

However, if you are technologically challenged, you may have the occasional struggle with this program. Because everything is computer-based, you may find it a little difficult to set up if you struggle with technology. Thankfully, there is good technical support on hand to help.

Because the program is online, homeschoolers can leave notes for their parents and vice versa if they have questions about the material or want to leave a note to explain the work. If children get something wrong, they can go back over it, correct it, and rework their grade on the topic.

(As an important aside, some people think Alpha Omega is a Christian homeschooling curriculum, but they’re actually the publishers of various Christian curricula – some of which are used in Christian schools, and some are used in homeschools. Their publications for homeschools include SOS, Monarch, Horizons, and Lifepac, which appear to be similar versions of the same curriculum in different formats)

Monarch, Lifepac, and,  Horizons are other Christian homeschooling curriculum programs that Alpha Omega Publications have produced. They are subscription-based, self-paced, and textbook options of the same basic curriculum. 

Switched on Schoolhouse Reviews Forum

If you’d like to read opinions from parents who’ve used this curriculum before, check out this link: homeschool reviews forum for SOS. You can also read an extended review of this program here.

Programs like this one: BJU and Abeka

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Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE or ACE paces) is another Christian homeschooling curriculum that’s been around for a long time. Students can study at their own ‘pace’ using this program, differentiating ACE from other programs. ACE Ministries said this about their program:

Students who are more skilled may progress at a faster rate or may accelerate in the areas of their academic strengths. Slower students are encouraged to do their best but are able to work at their levels of proficiency and proceed as they are capable.

Learning with ACE means children don’t study according to their grade level or age but their understanding. As such, the word ‘accelerated’ does not mean the work is harder than any other homeschooling curriculum, or you have to have gifted children to do it.

As far as home education styles go, ACE seems to be modeled after the traditional education model.

NOTE: Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA) is the long-distance provider for Accelerated Christian Education (ACE).

Accelerated Christian Education Reviews Forum

If you’d like to read opinions from parents who’ve used this curriculum before, check out this link: homeschool reviews forum for Accelerated Christian Education.

Programs like this one: LifePac (by Alpha Omega Publishing)

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Easy Peasy All-in-One (Free Christian Homeschooling Curriculum)

If you’re looking for an affordable Christian homeschooling curriculum, look no further.  Easy Peasy All-in-One is a free online program for Grades K-12.

With huge Facebook groups in every country, Easy Peasy is probably the most loved free Christian home education program available today. Even though it’s free, it’s considered very good and is listed as one of Cathy Duffy’s 102 Picks.

According to Duffy, the curriculum is modeled after Charlotte Mason and traditional education models.

Even though Easy Peasy is free, the author has done a lot to make the homeschooling curriculum high-quality. For instance, Easy Peasy has PDF sheets that you can print if you want to work offline. In addition, the course is all linked to online resources, so you shouldn’t need additional materials.

On the downside, because it’s a free platform, you don’t get deluxe help from email experts as you might with SOS, Abeka, or BJU. But, you can use its FAQ page or Facebook group, which is very active. Also, instead of having them sent to you, this curriculum can cost a little bit in ink and paper because you’re printing things out. But otherwise, it’s completely free!

If you’re interested in looking at other free options, check out this link which outlines 10 of the best free home education curricula available today.

Easy Peasy Homeschool Reviews Forum

If you’d like to read opinions from parents who’ve used this curriculum before, check out this link: homeschool reviews forum for Accelerated Christian Education. My apologies, as this link is quite old, but the best I could find. If you find a better one, please link it in the comments below.

Programs like this one: Ambleside Online. Check out these 10 Free curriculum options here. 

Classical Conversations

Method: Classical

Classical Conversations is a Christian curriculum modeled after the Classical education style. Like Veritas Press, this program is available to children of all ages. However, it is most often done in homeschool co-ops. While CC material can be sent to parents in any location, some parents who’d bought this course said some activities requiring group work get harder to do in isolation as children get older and need physical groups to do the material properly.

But can you get CC if you live internationally? I was afraid you couldn’t get Classical Conversations if you lived outside of the US. But, I asked this question in their forum and got this reply:

You can definitely order curriculum off of our website! Also, we have several international communities. You can learn more about those by filling out the form here: [Link]

One parent in the forums also said parents don’t need a community/co-op in the early years anyway.

Classical Conversations Homeschool Reviews Forum

Here is a Christian homeschool reviews forum from The Homeschool Mom for Classical Conversations.

If you love classical education but don’t feel CC is the right fit for your family, why not check out other classical homeschooling curricula at this link.

Programs like this one: Memoria Press and Veritas Press.

Veritas Press

Method: Classical

If you want a Classical homeschooling curriculum but don’t want to attend a co-op to get the benefits, you should consider Veritas Press. This program is a mailable curriculum modeled after the classical homeschooling method. In addition, it has great Christian content, which children get, in large part, from the plethora of classical books they’ll read.

Veritas Press also produces the Phonics Museum, an online learn-to-read program that engages children to help them read using their attractive graphics. You can read a review forum for Veritas Press here.

Programs like this one: Memoria Press and Classical Conversations.

Simply Charlotte Mason

Method: Charlotte Mason

Simply Charlotte Mason (SCM) is a homeschooling curriculum styled after the Charlotte Mason method of education. The program is different from many other curricula in that it has concise lessons (a hallmark of CM education) and incorporates a lot of nature study and habit training. Because lessons are short, parents find this curriculum is great if they want a flexible homeschool lifestyle.

Living books (books that come alive to the reader as they use engaging narrative to teach concepts) are also used, so children get exposure to reading plenty of books. At the same time, their love of learning is fostered simultaneously. If you like the CM method, Simply Charlotte Mason is a good option to consider.

Like many of the curricula above, this program has large, active forums where parents can ask questions. In addition, you can read more review comments about this curriculum here.

Because so many home educators like the CM method, there are plenty of homeschooling curriculum packages modeled after this method which you can check out by following this link.

Programs like this one: Ambleside Online (free), Charlotte Mason in a Box

Apologia Science

Method: Traditional? but written in a conversational style

When parents are looking for a Christian homeschooling curriculum, their deepest concern is often getting a program that promotes a biblical worldview in its science program.

Apologia Science specializes in doing this.

The program is created so Christian parents can confidently teach their children a creationist view of science. It strongly emphasizes equipping students to answer questions about their faith and biblical beliefs around science.

For this reason, Apologia Science is one of the best Christian homeschooling curriculum programs you can find today.

Apologia offers textbooks for K-12 and online learning options through self-paced and live courses for Year 7 to 12.

You can find out more about Apologia Science here.

Programs like this one: Answers in Genesis Science Curriculum

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My Father’s World

Method: Classical, Charlotte Mason, and Unit Studies

One of the best Christian homeschooling programs if you’re interested in a program that combines Classical and Charlotte Mason homeschooling methods. It also makes things fun by including Unit Studies, so children aren’t just sitting in their chairs all day.

KONOS (Unit Studies Christian Homeschooling Curriculum)

Method: Unit Studies

If you’ve got kids who love to move, KONOS might be a good fit for your family! It is a Christian curriculum that uses Unit Studies as its primary homeschooling method. Because it is a hands-on curriculum, it engages children by teaching them through physical activities and tactile experiences. In addition, because parents can teach all children in the family simultaneously, it’s a great homeschooling curriculum for large families.

Every month or two, children will study a character trait in a unit. Examples of character traits students study include orderliness, obedience, honor, attentiveness, trust, honesty, wisdom, resourcefulness. Simultaneously, students learn basic subjects like Math, English, and the Bible.

The physical Unit folder is really a teacher’s manual with activities from Kinder to 8th Grade. Having everything to learn right in front of you means that if you have multiple children in K-8th Grade, you can teach them simultaneously. In addition, using the same curriculum for the whole family means KONOS is an inexpensive curriculum option for families struggling with a single income.

Ambleside Online (Free Charlotte Mason Christian Homeschooling Curriculum)

Ambleside Online is a free curriculum that uses the Charlotte Mason homeschooling style. It is one of the best free Christian homeschooling curriculum packages on the market today.

The curriculum is a large collection of Charlotte Mason resources with links to PDF living books, many of which are free. In addition, the website also gives you access to Charlotte Mason books (such as Home Education^) that are free. These books are essential and guide educators in the CM homeschooling method.

Other Similar Programs: Mater Amabilis (Catholic free CM curriculum)

Northgate Academy Christian Homeschool Program

Method: Traditional

Northgate Academy offers a Christian homeschooling curriculum to families with high school-aged students at an affordable price. In addition, they present material in an online format, so it is accessible from anywhere in the world.

They offer accreditation from the North Central Association CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and School CASI, and the Northwest Accrediting Commission.

Students don’t have to wait until next semester to start; instead, they can enroll anytime and start their studies immediately. You can find out more about Northgate Academy here.

Christian Light Education

If you’re after a traditional hard-copy homeschooling curriculum that’s been around for a long time, you have to check out Christian Light Education. They employ a spiral learning model as they run children through subjects using a Christian worldview.

Children do a pace every fortnight, helping them feel a sense of achievement and love of learning. Best of all, you can grab a basic kindergarten package for under $100. Bargain!

Check out more about Christian Light Education in this review.

Other Christian Homeschooling Curriculum Programs and Packages

Although we’ve looked at 10 Christian homeschooling curriculum packages and programs, there are so many others you can check out if you want.

These include:

Different people on forums earmarked the following as outstanding curricula for teaching Bible study:

What Makes the Best Christian Homeschool Curriculum?

It’s important to remind ourselves that the best curriculum you’ll find is one that bathes our children in the scripture from an early age. For example, consider this passage from 2 Timothy 3:15-17:

…and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It’s useful to keep this biblical criterion in mind when examining different curricula.

Conclusion

Finding a Christian homeschooling curriculum can make you feel overwhelmed. But, if you research one curriculum every day, you’ll find you’ll be familiar with many of them before very long. Ask God to guide you on these big issues because the curriculum you choose has a significant impact on your children. Make sure you check out the homeschool reviews forum links for each program above. They’re a great way to read the curriculum reviews from parents who’ve already road-tested these programs. All the best!

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Most adults don't particularly want to relive their schooling experience on a daily basis. They would gladly move on to a new life devoid of homework and teachers. Very, very few adults will passionately blog about their schooling some 15 years after graduating. This makes Rebecca Devitt somewhat unique. As it happens, she was homeschooled. And she loved it. Still does. And she wishes every kid could get a taste of homeschooling at its very best. Her website How Do I Homeschool, is a springboard for parents to see what a life of homeschooling could be for both them & their children. When she's not blogging Rebecca is still homeschooling her-adult-self by learning Latin, growing weird vegetables and most importantly looking after her two children Luke & Penny. She has a husband Tristan and is a participant at Wollongong Baptist Church. She's also written a book about why parents should homeschool called 'Why on Earth Homeschool'.
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  1. Saxon is a stand alone math subject that many homeschool families choose to use because it has a standing history of strong creditiblity. Dr. Saxon at OU wrote this math & is was used in public schools as a state approved curriculum in multiple states as early as the 1980s.
    I began using Saxon Algebra as a student in 1988 in Oklahoma public schools. I have chosen to use it with my now homeschooled children because of the strong math background I had & the fact that Saxon (&my teachers) equipped me to use math in life.

  2. I would like to leave a review for the A.C.E accelerated Christian Education curriculum. I pieced together my homeschool curriculum for the first few years, but I did think at the grade 5 level for my oldest son we should get curriculum. There was a large local church that had a bible school and a children’s school as well years ago. This school used the A.C.E. program so I had heard of it and knew of a child that went thru the school. She and her Mother lived with my family for about 5 years. I liked the workbooks she had. They were colorful and seemed well done. I dreamed of homeschooling someday when I would get married. 20 years later here I am homeschooling. When I was looking into curriculum we had tried some online things already and now we were in the middle of a pandemic so I decided an offline curriculum was a good fit(summer 2020). My boys started worksheets, printing and writing later than those in school so I wanted then to be doing a lot more now that they were older. Also for our family taking responsibility for ones education and independent learning were skills we wanted to teach our boys. Both the boys went through the diagnostic tests and the 8 year old was in three different grade levels for 6 subjects. Literature & creative writing and word building (spelling) were grade 2 science and social studies grade 3 and math and English grade 4. He was a bit behind in reading which is why the grade 2 subjects. My oldest (11) had two grades. It’s a great program so flexible in matching to their ability. They get 12 mini workbooks or (paces) that are the text and workbook combined. They read instructions and do the assignment. There are fill in the blank, underline, matching, crossword puzzles, word searches etc. There are 12 in each subject for the year so 6 subjects = 72 books. The books are strategically numbered so the child cannot readily see which grade it is. Ex. 1025. The child progresses through their books at the pace they chose. ACE recommends the child set their own goals daily which begins goal setting habits from an early age. Each book should take about 3 weeks. Each pace book has a bible verse and a characteristic that they learn about in each book(ex. Kindness) . All subjects are taught from a Christian world view. My husband and I have really liked the curriculum. It is quite in-depth. I really like the math program. In grade 4 each book does addition, subtraction, multiplication and Division. They do a bit of Roman numerals, rounding, as well but over and over so much practice. It’s been good for both our boys. They now have a great foundation to build more complex math concepts onto. The students are supposed to use the score books to score their own work and correct any mistakes. Each pace has two quizzes called check ups and a final test. The pass mark is 80%. If they do not pass they are required to do the pace over. We erased our paces when they had to redo. Shipping time would have delayed the process to much, but one could purchase another pace at less than $5 Canadian. Their Canadian social studies is incredible. Very well done. I never knew hardly any of the history of our country or the US. Amazing. The curriculum is reasonably priced about $500 per student per year. My youngest son has caught on to time management and understands that he is in control of his schooling so he has worked ahead. He has completed his grade 2 subjects by the end of January and will complete grade 3 in the same 2 subjects by June then will do grade 4 during the summer and will have all 6 subjects at grade 5 for September. an entire year ahead of where he should be. This is the beauty and flexibility of this program. There is no perfect program but all the skills my boys are learning for our family this is such a great fit we will be continuing to use it indefinitely. We really like ACE. 4 stars out of 5

  3. We were a military family, so to keep their schooling consistent (and living in places where the public schools were ranked very low) we homeschooled with ACE.
    When my 3 kids were in their teens, we moved to a country that had a very good DoD school on the base. 2 of my 3 children wanted to enroll in that base school. 1 opted to continue homeschooling.
    After some time went by, one of my son’s teachers asked where I had gone to college. I answered, “I didn’t attend college”. She knew my kids had been homeschooled and was confused at my answer, stating that he was so learned in his subjects, I would have to have had some college education. So I explained the ACE Pace program to her.

    It has served our family well! And now we continue with the grandkids!!!

    The 1 child who chose to continue with homeschooling is working on the last semester of her Bachelor’s, all online, while working full time. I truly believe the ACE Pace program has been a lifelong help.

    • Fantastic to hear Charlotte. I recently did an extended review of ACE and liked it too. There are a lot of good Christian homeschool curriculum programs out there. I like ACE because it is quite affordable.

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