Homeschool Curriculums with Heart

Secular education that promotes inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking, with a focus on nature connection and social justice

Once upon a time, Homeschooling was primarily the realm of religious families choosing to opt out of the public school system. However, today’s Homeschool community is more diverse than ever, and it demands a variety of curriculum options and learning models.

Families want curriculum that is hands-on, fosters inquiry, promotes empathy and compassion, and engages learners in real-world questions and issues. Families want their children to be outside, solving problems, exploring, engineering, and playing. To grapple with big questions, to learn uncomfortable truths, to advocate for the powerless, to care for the earth and all its creatures.

But if your family decides to homeschool, it can be overwhelming to know where to start when choosing a curriculum. There are so many!

As an education consultant working at the intersection of environmental education, critical pedagogy, and social-emotional learning, I’m often asked for Homeschool curriculum that aligns with my teaching philosophy.

Following are all Homeschool curricula I have either personally used or at least read through and can personally recommend as aligning with the Educate Regenerate Philosophy. You can also access a comparison table of these same curricula here.


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All-In-One Curricula

Blossom & Root Grades: Pk-4th| Cost: $ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Nature Studies, Art, Music Studies Approach: Waldorf-Inspired, Charlotte-Mason-Inspired, Hands-On/Experiential, Nature-Based, Holistic, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Flexible/Adaptable Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

Blossom & Root offers “creative, flexible, hands-on curriculum for secular homeschooling families with a focus on nature, literature, STEM, and art.” You can feel the love with which this was created by homeschool mama & former Kindergarten teacher Kristen in every page. Inspired by Waldorf and Charlotte Mason pedagogies, but infused with her own unique STEM and nature-based flair, Blossom & Root is a child-centered and holistic curriculum that is engaging for the whole family. I am particularly pleased to see the emphasis on Anti-Racism resources on their website, and with the recent addition of the “River of Voices” American History curriculum (mentioned below).

While Math is integrated into the curriculum, the authors recommend adding a supplemental Math program to ensure your child masters the necessary skills (might I suggest the Wild Math curriculum mentioned below?). You can purchase each subject individually or as a grade level bundle; they also offer “Book Seeds,” which are STEM-centered, nature-based mini-unit studies based around a specific book. Be sure to read the description to make sure you’re selecting the correct item for purchase.

Kekere Freedom School Grades: 1st-8th| Cost: $$$$ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Language & Linguistics, Art, World Cultures, Cooking, Dancing, Textiles, Games, and more! Approach: Hands-On/Experiential, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Culturally-Responsive, Decolonizing Pedagogy, Holistic, Social Justice Pedagogy Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

Kekere Freedom School is a passionate community dedicated to celebrating diversity and affirming identity. It is primarily a homeschool co-op in Ypsilanti, Michigan, but they offer a growing catalog of their finely curated curriculum full of rich activities for sale on their website. The program has a strong emphasis on Decolonizing and Culturally-Responsive pedagogies, and is inspired by the Freedom School movement from the Civil Rights Era.

Each lesson offers a handful of activities to dive into which cover themes like Ancestral Wisdom, Preserving Languages, and Radical Imagination. Activities are differentiated by age level and range from watching short video clips followed by thoughtful journal or discussion questions, to cooking and arts & crafts activities.

Please note that while this curriculum technically covers all the main academic subjects, you may want to supplement with additional Reading or Math curriculum depending on your child’s needs.

Your Natural Learner Grades: Pk-5th| Cost: $$ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: ?? Approach: Developmentally-Appropriate, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Child-Led/Flexible, Holistic, Hands-On/Experiential Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

Your Natural Learner allows you to “be as boundless as an unschooler, and as well-prepared as an academic.” Developed by an experienced teacher and homeschool mama, Your Natural Learner is grounded in current research on how children learn. While still ensuring that your child meets academic benchmarks, creator Leah has developed a curriculum with built-in flexibility and fun to instill a life-long love of learning.

With charming illustrations and approachable language (and even an online “de-schooling” courses for parents!), Your Natural Learner is easy to use and adapt to your lifestyle.

Magic Forest Academy Grades: 2nd-6th| Cost: $ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Cooking, Art, Games, Nature Journaling, Nature Studies Approach: Holistic, Literature-Based, Nature-Based, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Flexible/Adaptable Format: Digital Download

Magic Forest Academy adds a bit of whimsy into your homeschool program. With 52 weekly units on themes like “Sticks & Twigs,” “Dreams,” and “Foxes,” children cover content and skills in all the primary subject areas, plus many enrichment activities. The curriculum is full of engaging hands-on activities that foster creativity and imagination, and each unit includes a handful of additional links and resources for extended learning.

You can purchase the whole curriculum as a bundle, or by season or even by week. Please note that while this curriculum technically covers all the main academic subjects, you may want to supplement with additional Reading or Math curriculum depending on your child’s needs.

Global Village School Grades: K-12| Cost: $$ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Global Studies, Film Studies, Sustainability, Psychology, Civics & Citizenship, Peace Studies Approach: Holistic, Culturally-Responsive, Literature-Based, Social Justice Pedagogy, Sustainability-Themed, Structured Format: Textbook, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

The Global Village School boasts an impressive pedigree and thoughtful teaching philosophy based in sustainability, global citizenship, peace studies, environmental justice, and social-emotional learning. The curriculum is thoughtfully structured for new and seasoned homeschool families, and has been developed by a team of experienced teachers. You can rest assured that your child will be meeting academic standards while engaging in exciting topics and practicing real-world skills.

Global Village School offers homeschool families two different options: a distance learning program or a curriculum only option. Their distance learning program is an accredited K-12 school and, while technically “virtual,” does not require your child to be on the computer all day. The same curriculum is also offered on its own for families to adapt to fit their needs at home. There is even the option to order a customized curriculum at an additional cost.


Oak Meadow Grades: K-12| Cost: $$$ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Civics & Citizenship, Nature Studies Approach: Waldorf-Inspired, Holistic, Nature-Based, Structured Format: Digital Download, Kits (Additional Cost), Textbook

Oak Meadow is a well-known Waldorf-Inspired homeschool program, grounded in holistic, experiential, and character-based learning. The program blends Waldorf themes and with traditional topics for a comprehensive and standards-aligned curriculum.

Oak Meadow offers both distance learning and curriculum-only options. The distance learning program is accredited, and limits the time spent on the computer. The curriculum-only option offers families the ability to adapt the curriculum based on your family’s needs. The curriculum is sold as grade-level bundles; you can also purchase the supplemental literature books, activity books, and activity kits on their website.

Torchlight Grades: Pk-5 (approx.)| Cost: $ Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies; Enrichment: Music Studies, Art Approach: Literature-Based, Holistic, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Child-Led, Secular, Flexible/Adaptable Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

Torchlight takes a a unique approach to learning in that it is both literature-based (a la Charlotte Mason), but also Socratic and Humanistic. This translates to being child-led, holistic, and inquiry-based, encouraging children to follow their curiosity and discover the truth for themselves. You can tell that the curriculum developer, educator and writer Tiffany, has put a lot of thought into not only the curriculum itself, but also the underlying philosophy and methodology — I highly encourage you to check out her website and learn more.

The curriculum includes weekly library lists (for the many books you’ll be borrowing or buying), hands-on activities, discussion guides, workbooks, and more.


Subject Specific Curricula

Some homeschool families prefer to mix and match curricula, or they might just want to supplement an all-in-one curriculum with an additional focus on a specific subject area. Below are a small selection of subject-specific curricula

Social Studies

A River of Voices: The History of the United States Publisher: Blossom & RootGrades: 4th-8th| Cost: $ Subject: Social Studies (American History) Approach: Literature-Based, Culturally-Responsive, Social Justice Pedagogy Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply) An exciting addition to the Blossom & Root catalog is this new standalone American History curriculum with a focus on the multiple perspectives and the unheard stories in our nation’s story. As curriculum creator Kristina so beautifully put it, “I wanted history to be not the babbling stream of a single and dominant narrative, but a river of voices.” Parents will learn so much alongside their children with this curriculum, exploring events from the perspectives of Indigenous people, enslaved people, immigrants, women, and more. “A River of Voices” is slated to be a three-part series, with Volume I out now— covering the Early Colonies to 1791 — and Volume II expected in 2021.

Oh, Freedom! Grades: 3rd-12th| Cost: $ Subject: Social Studies (American History) Approach: Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Literature-Based, Culturally-Responsive, Social Justice Pedagogy, Flexible/Adaptable Format: Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

Developed by journalist and homeschool mom Delina, “Oh, Freedom!” emerged as as response to the white-washed version of history common in curricula. “Oh, Freedom!” instead takes a determinedly multi-cultural and honest view of American history, particularly focusing on the experiences and voices of Black folks (while also weaving in the voices of women, Indigenous people, and immigrants). Delina uses decolonization and social justice pedagogy throughout to highlight injustice and empower youth to stand up for what’s right.

There are three versions of this curriculum: the original version (what Delina used with her children, which includes some Christian themes), the secular version, and the high school version (mostly the same content, but adapted for an older audience).

A Whole New World History Grades: 6th-8th| Cost: $$ — $$$ (multiple options) Subject: Social Studies (World History & Global Studies) Approach: Culturally-Responsive, Social Justice Pedagogy, Literature-Based, Partially Online, Structured Format: Live Online Classes, Digital Download, Supplemental Books (You Supply)

The newest project by Woke Homeschooling, “A Whole New World History” takes the same social justice lens from “Oh, Freedom” and applies it to world history in this interactive hybrid learning program. Called “a journey to the past [to] study people, power, and resistance,” this curriculum blends history with current events to develop a nuanced understanding of complex ideas like development, war, trade, politics, government, and more.

There are two membership options, one of which includes live online classes and a book club. Both options include interactive online modules, videos, hands-on activities, reading, and workbooks.


Math

Wild Math Grades: K-5th | Cost: $ Subject: Math, Enrichment: Nature Studies Approach: Hands-On/Experiential, Child-Led/Flexible, Nature-Based Format: Digital Download

Created by teacher and homeschool mama Rachel, Wild Math makes math fun with nature-based and hands-on activities. Math can be a challenging subject for learners, but by using natural manipulables like rocks and sticks and using mathematical concepts in real-world scenarios, children quickly develop not only mastery but enjoyment!

The curriculum can be used as your child’s primary math curriculum, or as a supplement to practice. The author provides many enrichment ideas as well.


Science

Science through Nature Grades: 2nd-5th | Cost: $ Subject: Science, Enrichment: Art, Nature Studies Approach: Hands-On/Experiential, Exploratory/Inquiry-Based, Eclectic/Mixed Methods, Nature-Based, Flexible/Adaptable Format: Digital Download

Science Through Nature is just that — learning scientific concepts and developing scientific skills while connecting with nature! It is a “series that fuses scientific discovery with nature exploration.” Taking a fun narrative-based approach, learners embark on “quests” written as notes from characters in their story to investigate a concept or phenomenon. The entire “quest” is thoughtfully planned out to engage young minds as they learn about reptiles and forests, and practice skills like nature journaling and critical thinking.

Quests can be purchased individually (they are available monthly), or as part of the “Be a Naturalist” bundle. Not much is in the store right now, but I expect great things from this new program!




I am actively seeking out curricula written by and/or highlighting the stories of people of color and other underrepresented voices. I welcome recommendations to add to this list. Please first review the Educate Regenerate Philosophy, and if you have a curriculum you think should be added, please email me. Before featuring a curriculum here I have either personally used it or thoroughly reviewed a sample. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I collect a small percentage of any purchases you make using the link. This does not increase the price for you, and it does not influence my decision to feature a curriculum on this page. This income allows me to continue to offer my consulting services to homeschool programs and schools at an affordable cost. Educate Regenerate works at the intersection of environmental education, critical pedagogy, and social-emotional learning. We offer custom curriculum, program advising, teaching workshops, and more at EducateRegenerate.com

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