Whether you are just starting or need to change something, the choices in curricula are overwhelming. There are some companies that seem to be very popular, Saxon, Life of Fred, Abeka, and the list goes on. In fact, there are so many that it's hard to decide! Our family's biggest challenge was finding curricula that was not aligned to Common Core, and not overly religious in one direction or another. It was easier to find where they stood theologically than it where they stood on Common Core. It seemed that every time we found one we thought we liked, it turns out it had either already aligned or there were plans in the works to align to CCSS. This is something we did not want, because the issues with CCSS are large and glaring - certainly not appropriate for our family.
Many families deciding to homeschool this year are doing so because they feel that the public school system is not providing the education they desire for their children. They are seeking resources that may or not be religious, but in many cases they are trying to avoid using Common Core aligned materials. There is help! Tina Hollenbeck of The Educational Freedom Coalition on Facebook has spent countless hours contacting companies to ask them what their stance on Common Core is. She has collected all of the responses on a new website with more resources to come at the Homeschool Resource Roadmap . This extensive listing of aligned and unaligned companies should help you narrow down your search.
Information about Common Core and its affects can be found in a wide variety of locations, here are a few:
Read the standards for yourself - http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/
Parents and Teachers on Common Core
5 Video Series on Common Core
Dr. Duke Pesta on Common Core
Glenn Beck on Common Core
Common Core Language Arts
Common Core Math
How the Common Core Lost Teacher Support - think all of the teachers support CCSS? Think again.
How Bill Gates Pulled off the Swift Common Core Revolution
Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America
A response to the Shankar Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards
Colorado 6th Graders, Parents, Required To Take “Righty/Lefty” Survey
Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education
Pedophilia, Incest, and Graphic Sex: Excerpts from a Common Core Reading List Book for 11th-Graders That Will Make You Blush:
Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core is Bad for America
Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project, Emmett McGroaty and Jane Robbins.
35 Questions about The Common Core
Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, John Locke Foundation
Common Core: Worse Than You Think
Dr. Robert Luebke, Senior Policy Analyst, Civitas Institute
Common Core State Standards: What Parents, Taxpayers and School Boards Should Know
Citizens United for Responsible Education
Claims vs. FactsKeep Education Local
Washington’s Latest Education Overreach: National Standards for Schools
Where's the Math?
The Common Core's Fundamental Trouble
Wake up, Common Core all about control
Homeschooling advocate: Common Core abandons classics for ‘reading executive orders from President Obama’
Common Core ‘Exemplars’: Graphic Sex and Praising Castro
Data Tracking and Common Core
CCSS Test Scores in the Toilet: No Surprise Here: