Soooooo many people have been inquiring about curriculum lately that I compiled a general post I am going to start responding with LOL. I was just wondering if anyone else had some addins to provide. Or maybe we could "meat up" this post so that we can link it to people who request curriculum info.
There are a great many things you can do for cheap. There are actually whole curriculum plans online for free.
You could also purchase the most important resources and then get add ins from the library.
A great money saving Elementary Program in my opinion would be:
I would recommend all the resources in the bundle but purchasing them through a website like Amazon.com or RainbowResources.com as they will be cheaper. I have a printer/scanner/copier if you do not then consider that if you have more than one kid you could order a PDF of the student pages through Peace Hill Press's site so that you can just print them as you need.
(K) Childs Play
(1st Grade books 1 & 2 and 2nd Grade books 3 & 4) Earlybird Science
(3rd, 4th, & 5th) RSO Life, Earth & Space and then Chemistry.
The history program comes with map work and coloring pages and suggestions for projects. You do not have to do them all! Pick and choose. :) It also comes with suggestions for GOOD literature associated and fiction readers as well that you can get from your local library. For science you can also take the kids to the library and pick out books that are associated by topic. That is what we do. RSO is cool but some of the book recommendations are dated and hard to find for purchase but the library actually has them. RSO requires supply kits that can be purchased fairly cheap through HomeScienceTools.com
The Language Arts and History materials I would get through Amazon/Rainbow Resources. I typically make shopping carts and compare shipping etc. The math program I use is Math In Focus and can be outside of many people's budget but I cannot help but recommend it because of how well it worked for dd. When we hit highschool we will move on into the Teaching Textbooks. People I know love Math U See and swear by it. I am not sure what other places carry it but even right from the supplier it is affordable.
If you feel the need to add in art. I would suggest Evan Moore Teaching Art to kids (Again Purchase through Amazon for your best buy.) This combined with some of the projects from History is more than adequate. There is also a program called Artistic Pursuits that looks amazing and we will be using it next year.
If you are big on music may I suggest to you the greatest composer study. The books are available through Amazon.com for less then $50 when they are all in the bag (there is a discount for buying more then 4 of these books). You could also split it over 2 years if you wanted to and just purchase 1/2 of the books at a time. We are doing it next year for music along with learning to play the recorder. This woman also has some printables for young kids on her site
You could also build your own curriculum for young kids using:
PBS & Teacher Site
Art Everywhere This site is great for knowing what vocabulary they should know for what age & Artist studies as well as some other cool resources.