A Christian curriculum for kindergarten to eighth grade for under $200?! I know what you’re thinking. You think I’m crazy or unrealistic. I assure you, I am not unrealistic. Sorry, I can’t reassure that I’m not crazy. 🙂 The pricing is from Rainbow Resource Center, where I buy pretty much all of our books. They usually have the best prices.
I know, a lot of curriculums out there cost $200 or more for just one year for one kid. But you don’t need a fancy curriculum to teach your child. You really don’t even have to purchase these books, you can get digital editions of most of them for free, but I personally like having actual books rather than e-books or printed out e-books.
These books are non-consumable, so you’ll be able to use them with more than one child, and re-sell them or save them for your grandchildren. They are literally old school, though I have found that they are good, solid books. These are the books that we are using. I can’t neatly categorize our educational philosophy besides it being solidly Christian. Honestly, I just do what works for us. I think these books can be adapted to any kind of educational philosophy. Ruth Beechick wrote the parent-teacher guides for both of these series. She uses a very common sense approach. Here’s the list:
- McGuffey’s– There are two editions of McGuffey’s Eclectic Primers: The brown covers are reprints of the original books from 1836, while the ones with blue covers are revised editions copyrighted 1879. I use the 1836 reprints, because they still have the biblical content/worldview. The revised editions were secularized. The parent-teacher guide was written by Ruth Beechick and offers lesson plans, tips and ideas, and goes all the way to high school. The Progressive Speller can also be used all the way through high school, serving as an all-in-one spelling curriculum. The eight volume set has all the 1836 books along with the Speller and guide. It sellls for $85.95 at Rainbow Resource Center.
- Ray’s New Arithmetics– This series goes up to eighth grade. The eight volume set includes the books, answer keys, and parent-teacher guide. It sells for $81.95.
- Handbook of Nature Study– Use this as a gentle introduction to the wonders of the world. I found an awesome site that is all about using this book. She does offer memberships for some of the resources on her site, but you don’t have to have one. I highly recommend checking out the Getting Started page for the Outdoor Hour Challenge. I’m reading through it myself right now. Handbook of Nature Study costs $18.95.
- Biblical Home Education– I’ll confess, I really admire Ruth Beechick’s books about homeschooling. She gives a very down to earth, common sense approach. I’m finding it extremely valuable in planning our lessons and deciding where I’m going with our homeschool. She covers pretty much all the subjects in this book. I honestly recommend all of the books of hers that I’ve read so far. It’s available for $9.95.
I’m assuming that you already have a Bible, so I’m not including one in the cost. Any Bible will work for teaching your child.
So there you have it. A solid Christian education for under $200.