Talega Prep Family Favorites
To help our families begin their homeschool journeys, we've narrowed down our lists to a few of our absolute favorite go-to sources.  
As you get your footing, you will have plenty of time to broaden your exposure, but for now, you can rest assured that the lessons and links we list are an excellent starting point for any homeschooling family.

Homeschool Basics

 

Homeschool Organizations

The California Homeschool Network (CHN) is a non-profit organization created by and for homeschooling families in California.  The organization provides a wealth of online resources at its website, sets up an annual Homeschool Expo in June with vendor booths, informational sessions, and an inclusive high school graduation ceremony.  A directory of local area contacts helps new families connect with other homeschoolers in their area.

 

The Homeschool Association of California (HSC) is a non-profit volunteer operated organization for homeschooling families throughout the state.  HSC issues a monthly newsletter, maintains legislative and legal teams, has an extensive website and also has area contacts in each county.  An annual conference is organized each summer.

 

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a national organization providing legal and legislative advocacy for homeschooling. We encourage all families to join HSLDA and use the resources available through their website.

 

 

Curriculum Resources, Vendors, and Classes 

Easy to implement, complete curricula are highlighted in green

Mrs. Gaspar's personal favorite Amazon booklist for students and parents.

Story of the World is by far the most popular and well-regarded history program chosen by our homeschool families. Story of the World is part of Susan Wise Bauer's "Well Trained Mind," curriculum and offers a history program that your family can fall in love with. Story of the World is for elementary ages, while History of the World expands the program into High School ages. Even if your family is choosing another curriculum, these books bring to life history and are highly recommended as a supplement to any homeschool program.

The Well-Trained Mind website provides extensive resources, articles, books, and materials to ensure that your children receive the absolute best education possible. I strongly encourage all families to peruse the guidance available at this site. 

Urban Workshop: Real Tools, Real Projects! These 12-week courses give students probably their only opportunity to work in an "Industrial Arts" type, old school shop and offer multiple courses, levels, and media with which to work from woodworking, metal fabrication, electronics, silkscreening, sewing, and much, much more. Classes in Costa Mesa, Orange County. I'm so excited about this place!

Under Pressure Homework Help is a local South Orange County tutoring and teaching center opened and operated by veteran teacher extraordinaire Ginny Villa and her amazing staff of hand-selected tutors. The center offers personalized teaching for homeschoolers of any age with tutoring support in all subjects. Ms. Villa has created a fabulous environment to foster students' love of learning and achievement of personal goals.

My Fun Science! Yay! Finally, a live, online science, math, and tech vendor with exciting and interesting classes at all grade levels. A truly STEAM approach, including art, engineering, and graphic design, among traditional high school course offerings.

KiwiCo Science, Geography, Maker, Art, and more...Activities and projects delivered to your door based on your child's age and interest. These are terrific!

Code.org is committed to the premise that every child should have the opportunity to master computer science. Learn to code at home with this engaging and 100% FREE program. Many courses and levels. Learn to Code!

The Good and the Beautiful teaches advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning, make homeschooling less overwhelming and time consuming for the student and the instructor, and offers affordable resources of the highest quality, making homeschooling economical and accessible. Pick and choose resources or order a complete curriculum. Outstanding.

Sonlight has a long-standing reputation for excellence in Christian homeschool education offering a literature-based, complete curriculum-in-a-box for all grades.

Time 4 Learning offers a comprehensive homeschool secular curriculum for grades pre-k through 12. Very affordable and easy to start! Time4Learning's website is full of helpful hints, guidance for California homeschoolers, and even groups to meet up with. Gets better each year.

IXL is another online full curriculum offering all grade levels, diagnostics, and analytics. Reasonable prices; skills linked to 40+ textbooks.

Oak Meadows is an out-of-state homeschool ISP, which California does not allow residents to attend.  However, the school does sell a comprehensive, secular, Waldorf-based curriculum for each grade level that is perfectly suited to compliment your Talega Prep enrollment.  

Alpha Omega, a leading Christian academic publisher, now offers an excellent fully online curriculum through its Monarch program. Affordable excellence with a 30-day free trial, outstanding academics, automatic grading and feedback, and dynamic, media-rich lessons.

 

The Kahn Academy offers free online video lessons and tutorials in a wide range of high school subjects, especially in math and sciences.  Donations are appreciated so that these great courses may continue.

 

Mr. D Math Live provides online and live math courses and tutoring for middle and high school students. 

 

Study.com is a fee-based, multi-media program offering comprehensive courses broken into brief 7-12 minute video lessons.  Videos are fast-paced but come with a written transcript.  Quizzes are available.

Switched-On Schoolhouse offers a comprehensive homeschool Christian curriculum for grades 3-12. 

 

Easy Peasy All-in-One is a free Christian curriculum provided online for pre-k through grade 12.

ABCmouse provides a complete online curriculum for students in grades in pre-k through grade 8 with monthly fees as low as $9.95 and 30-day free trials.
 

Stanford Online High School and Middle School courses are available as single courses in a wide variety of subjects and academic levels.

 

Athena's Academy gives gifted and talented students the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers, who share their passions and curiosities, through weekly webinars and online activities. Course offerings include English, History, Science, and Foreign Language.

 

Online G3 provides classes for gifted middle and high school students that include a weekly live and interactive component.  Courses may be chosen individually, by semester.

 

Open Tent Academy (OTI) is a consortium of instructors who offer homeschooling students an array of amazing classes. OTI  courses offer a "live" component to instruction so that students may interact with each other and the teachers. Parents may choose one stand-alone class or an entire curriculum.

 

C3C Classes are offered in South Orange County and provide homeschoolers opportunities to participate in collaborative, hands-on activities, with an emphasis on developing critical thinking skills.  Highly organized schedules are published in advance.

 

Orange Coast Musical Arts homeschool music program has grown to include beginning through advanced levels of band, a marching band, drumline, orchestra, choral music, and lessons in many instruments.

Math U See is an extremely popular and successful math program offering a unique approach to math education that is mastery-based and student-paced.

 

Singapore Math refers to the teaching method and curriculum used in Singapore, a nation that consistently ranks at the top of international assessments of student achievement in math.  One of the defining features of Singapore math is visualization. The concrete, pictorial, and abstract method underscores real-world application of math. It takes students from hands-on activities to pictorial representations, and finally to numbers.  Singapore Math is a very popular and effective homeschool math program.

 

Saxon Math for Grades K–12 is based on the teaching principles of incremental development, continual practice and review, and cumulative assessment.

 

The Key-To Math series offers self-paced, self-guided workbooks, covering topics from fractions and decimals to algebra and geometry.  The bite-size, easy-to-follow lessons give students an opportunity to learn and master concepts without being bogged down or overwhelmed.  

 

Methods

 

Charlotte Mason offers a three-pronged approach to education.  In Charlotte's own words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”   The method utilizes real, living books rather than textbooks and approaches the education of the child holistically.   A very popular homeschooling method; Christian-based but used in secular homes as well.

 

Classical Education based on, "The Well-Trained Mind," by Susan Wise Bauer, provides a comprehensive guide to a rigorous classical education for grades primary through high school.   Start with the Story of the World series and activities, maintain timelines, include classic literature and copy work, and your children will be off to a great start.   

Thomas Jefferson Education or TJED is a form of Classical Education that considers the developmental stages of learning and applies the 7 Keys of Great Teaching to provide maximum inspiration, engagement, and a lifelong love of learning. The steps are simple, but the outcomes are profound. 

Five in a Row is a literature-based, integrated curriculum that fosters a love of learning and the joy of discovery.

 

Waldorf Learning is based on the curriculum developed by Rudolf Steiner who felt that the best liberal arts education would "weave the lively arts through all subjects," stimulating imaginations colorfully and creatively, inspiring and making learning memorable.

 

The Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach wherein the child is seen as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.  Because a hallmark of the method is students of different ages being grouped together, homeschooling true to the method is not without its challenges.

 

Unschooling is also known as natural, interest-led, and child-led learning. Unschoolers learn from everyday life experiences and do not use school schedules or formal lessons. Instead, unschooled children follow their interests and learn in much the same way as adults do--by pursuing an interest or curiosity. 

 

Blogs/Lesson Ideas

 

The Homeschool Mom is an exceptional website for homeschoolers with lessons, tips, methods, unit studies, and so much more.  This site alone could guide your first year.  

 

Hip Homeschool Moms (and Dads too!)  A blog full of ideas for homeschooling all ages

 

Homeschool Creations goal is to provide families with resources in the education journey, lots of free printables, and encouragement for families– whether homeschooling or not. Fantastic resources for planning with colorful, well-organized printable planners and a wide variety of tips and techniques to make your homeschooling adventure a success.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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