Curriculums for Independent Learning


A few weeks ago we discussed how to create independent learners, and why you would want your child to be able to learn independently. Once you have encouraged your child to be an independent learner, it is important to find a curriculum that will nurture his desire to learn independently.

Here are six great curriculums for independent learning:

Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks: Teaching textbooks is a computer based math program. The program is written to the student, so parent participation is minimal. It explains the math problems completely and clearly and is one of Cathy Duffy’s top picks!

 Alpha Omega LifePacs

This program offers 10 workbooks per subject that are to be completed throughout the year. Each work book covers a certain subject. For example, in Science, one workbook may cover weather, while another covers plants. The workbooks are designed to be done independently and the program is very self paced.

 Essentials in Writing

This program contains DVD’s that teach writing skills for 1st-12th graders. Also includes worksheets to go along with the lessons. One of the top picks from homeschool moms on this post.

 Christian Light Education

Used and published by Mennonites, this math curriculum is solid and affordable. It comes with ten light units per grade and two teachers’ books. CLE uses the spiral approach and requires little to no prep work from the teacher.  .


This curriculum is a self-paced history course. With 5 courses to choose from, each course has 160 class periods covering 32 historical events.  It offers interactive teaching, clever games, engaging video footage, and a talking historical character. VERITAS Press is sure to motivate your child throughout the entire school year


This curriculum is a top pick for many homeschoolers. It offers studies on Zoology, Anatomy, General Science, Astronomy and more. One of the best things about it is the note booking journals that add a hands on concept to the textbook approach.

Independent learning work best with students who are self directed learners and who are good at time management. Independent learning works best with older children and may not be appropriate for young students. As with any homeschooling method, use what works best for your family. If this is independent learning then these curriculums for independent learners may work great!

Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom.  She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.



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