Using an out of the box curriculum doesn't mean I have everything I need or want to use to school my daughter.
SUPPLEMENTS? WHY BOTHER?
Once you've paid for a curriculum that seems to have all you want - or even put several different curriculums together to create the best option for your child, it may not be enough.
Sometimes your student may need a different perspective or way to learn the same information. My kids always needed that, even when they were in traditional schools.
It improves their overall understanding of difficult subjects without boring them to death.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GOOD SUPPLEMENT
When I've searched out a supplement to a subject such as Algebra, Chemistry, Biology, Writing or even History, I try to look for a compliment to the core curriculum.
I want it to be fun, fast, and reinforce the facts.
HERE's MY HOT LIST of SUPPLEMENTS I've used for my older daughter
1) Rapid Learning for Chemistry and Biology- https://www.rapidlearningcenter.com/courses.html - then I follow up with a more traditional DVD school program. My oldest daughter loved this quick approach.
2) Algebrator - (http://softmath.com/adv/algebra-class.html) breaks down any algebra problem entered by the student. Is a good tool/resource for any algebra program. Another good tool to do this is, Mathway: http://www.mathway.com/problem.aspx?p=algebra
3) Time4Learning - (www.time4learning.com) is now doing High School Courses starting in Aug 2013. (only used for remedial help and a change in look and feel of subject matter)
4) Time4Writing - (www.time4writing) I use in addition to the standard English Curriculum
5) SAT Review - Chalkdust (www.chalkdust.com) is what my oldest daughter liked most of her choices. Also a good resource is YourTeacher.com which also offers other great courses and references them to actual textbooks that is an option. Otherwise all the teaching is done online.
6) Currclick - (http://www.currclick.com/) online classes that are reasonably priced(I plan on using this for my kid's Spanish class - they have online courses)
7) Youth Programming Video Games - (www.YouthDigital.com) a great primer for more advanced programming topics
8) Homeschool Programmer (http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/) I order this with the DVD and books.
9) Teaching Textbooks MATH- Yes, I use this as a supplement for high school Algebra 1 and 2. The subject matter in TT Algebra 1/2 only covers the 1st year of High School Algebra.We call it our 'MATH LAB' class. (www.teachingtextbook.com) I've tried to purchase this used but the prices almost match getting it new.
10) Kinetic Books - This is like having a living book to learn Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & Algebra 2. www.kineticbooks.com
11) Bagatrix - Pre-Calculus and Calculas tool that will walk through any Calculus problem you put in it. http://www.bagatrix.com/calculus.aspx
12) Froguts - use for disection like video for science, http://froguts.com/
13) Organizing Our Homeschool using WORKBOXES - List of different examples of the Workbox System, http://www.squidoo.com/workboxes
14) Online Music Instruction - I do this before the kid takes formal lessons to see if they are really intersted. Guitar Lessons: http://youtubeguitarlessons.net/ Drum Lessons: http://www.drumeo.com/members/
15) Spanish Help and Free Curriculum - Main Page Link of Spanish Freebies: http://www.examiner.com/article/fabulous-free-resources-for-spanish-language-learning-for-all-ages