Curriculum & Supplies
After you decide how and what you want to teach (please see our articles on Deciding What to Teach and Choosing Your Curriculum for more discussion depth on that) you need to know where to get curriculum.
A Plan In Place is a local business begun by two homeschool moms which will create a customized lesson planner for your homeschool from information you give them. Their website also offers some planner ideas and a generic planning sheet to download. (Salem and online)
Abeka Books is a traditional style curriculum for Christians who like textbooks and workbooks. They sell through seasonal traveling display shows. See their website for schedule of a display show near you.
Exodus Books has been Portland's premiere Christian home school supply store for over 20 years. Recently restructured under new ownership, Exodus currently provides immediate online ordering, a store located in Oregon City (next to Basic Skills Assessments), and a Lake Oswego warehouse with private consultation (by appointment only). They plan to open a Beaverton store in the near future. (Portland metro and online)
George Fox University Science Outreach Program will loan science supplies and even lab time in their science labs. Items loaned include microscopes, snakes, and yes, even cadavers. (Newberg)
Nurnberg Scientific Distributors is a local distributor of lab supplies which sells to the general public. You can purchase online, by fax, or by phone. If you don't see what you want online, give them a call as not all items are listed. (SW Portland)
OCEANetwork, provides an annual Christian homeschool convention with workshops and displays. Merchants come from across the nation to demonstrate their materials. The convention is typically held in mid-June, and it can be a bit overwhelming. CHOC tip: Sign up for newsletters and email lists and grab as many catalogs as possible from those that catch your eye. You can sort later as you have time, and calm, to think.
Abeka Books is a traditional style curriculum for Christians who like textbooks and workbooks. It also provides a distance academy. (Online and traveling display shows. See website for schedule of a display show near you.)
Alpha Omega Publications produces a traditional style Christian education in work packets (Life Pacs) and online computer programs. Purchase individual curriculum or join their academy for oversight.
Beautiful Feet Books provides Charlotte Mason style living books with history through literature units and supplemental guides along Christian themes.
Bob Jones University Press is another traditional style Christian curriculum publisher with textbooks and workbooks to purchase. It also provides online classes through academy support.
Christian Book Distributors supplies a large array of Christian home schooling curriculum in many educational styles.
Christian Liberty Press is a traditional style curriculum developed from their private schools. We have found their books very economical. CLP also provides an academy for support.
Greenleaf Press produces "twaddle free" curriculum and "living books" for homeschool families. Their guides on the Old Testament and ancient history are especially well done.
Konos provides themed unit studies for those who like an integral (thematic) approach using "living books" and hands-on activities.
Love to Learn supplies an eclectic assortment of books and activity kits that are unique and engaging for hands-on learners. You can find everything from the Rod and Staff coloring books to sewing kits to familiar textbooks.
Milestone Books is a Mennonite foundation that supplies traditional Christian textbooks that are especially God honoring. They have wonderful coloring books that are very educational. Economical materials. Milestone also supplies curriculum in a number of languages.
New Leaf Publishers and Master Books provides reference type books geared towards the sciences from a Christian worldview. Good for all schooling types.
Notgrass Publishing focuses on history with original, primary documents, living books, their own textbooks, and hands-on activities.
Rainbow Resources is another online favorite of Christian homeschoolers that supplies many types of curriculum.
Sonlight styles its curriculum by the Charlotte Mason "living books." Founded to provide material to missionaries seeking a more global mindset.
Tapestry of Grace is a Christian classical homeschool curriculum whose guides follow a spiraling track that adapts well to multiple age groups.
Timberdoodle provides unique, hands-on educational curriculum and tools not normally found elsewhere perfect for the eclectic chooler or hands-on learner.
Veritas Press is a Christian classical education method that provides its own curriculum for sale to the public.
Weaver Curriculum is another themed unit study curriculum that provides thematic units with "living books" and hands-on activities. Weaver is especially Bible centered.
Well Trained Mind provides classical style curriculum for Christian homeschoolers.
Cathy Duffy provides in depth reviews of the top 100 Christian homeschooling curriculum.