Home schooling is one method of ensuring that your child receives the best possible education. "Box" options are great for parents wanting a structured teaching program. With so many options out there though, you have to be able to properly weigh each alternative to suit your little pupil. Here are three options given below to start you on your way in making a selection.


Calvert has been labeled as a "so-so" home schooling program. The concepts are basic and quite redundant. The younger the student, the easier it is for them to get bored with the methods and also some of the science curriculum. It has been reviewed as having many errors and inconsistencies in the manual.

One such inconsistency is the fact that, as it related to the science experiments, the manual will instruct you to review an item that has not been taught yet. Also, at times, the science experiments will reveal answers before the experiment is finished!

Some of the stories in the reader are viewed as boring. Additionally, there are a lot of questions that follow the reader and many of them are incomprehensible to young children. A good thing about the Calvert program is that there is always assistance available from teachers.

This particular program is very thorough and the lesson manuals are very detailed and even tell you what to do and say. It seems as if it meets the requirements of any state as it is a complete and intense curriculum.


The K-12 home schooling program can be acquired for free through some local school districts. However, if your school district does not offer the free program then you have to purchase it which can be very expensive.

This program fits any type of learning ability and it is seen by many as high quality. Also, the support required by such a program is readily available. K-12 is an accredited home schooling program and so credits are easily transferable.

In addition, the diploma students receive will come from an accredited institution. The disadvantage of K-12 is that it requires tons of reading and preparation, which is not appropriate for all types of students.

As the teacher, you can advise students orally what to do in order to fast track the lessons. The overall quality of the material is good though complaints have been made that the Kindergarten curriculum was at times boring and too simplistic.

All in all K-12 is deemed as a good overall program but it requires a lot of prep time and much reading. Also, it inhibits the flexibility usually enjoyed with home schooling.

A Beka Book

A Beka Book is loaded with information and is classified as a public school type program. It is considered to be more of a classroom educator because there is a lot of busy work. Because the program is so thorough, users may feel as if straying from the prescribed lessons will negatively affect the learning process.

Most children prefer a combination of book work and hands-on learning. However, with A Beka there is no opportunity to be practical in the teaching methods. As a result, if your child/children likes practical lessons, then this program is not suited for them.

Though this program is mostly sit down work, it does develop children's reading and math skills immensely. If you are therefore looking for a program to enhance these skills then this will be beneficial.

If you are trying to lay a strong foundation for your child's basic skills such as mathematics, reading and phonics then this is a good program. After which, you may see it fit to try other programs with less book work or even public school. The point is that after using this program you can introduce variety in how they are taught.