best homeschool curriculums

The BEST Homeschool Curriculums on the Market

Over the years of supporting the homeschooling community (you may have heard - loads of homeschooling mums and dads love our maths program!) we’ve also had a bunch of questions about other great programs that we recommend.

From our collective homeschooling journey of teaching children - with very different interests and abilities - from birth to Year 9, here are what we see as the main considerations:

  • It needs to be Australianised.
    There’s no point having a great US based program that teaches dimes, nickels, pounds for maths and US presidents for American history. However,  some programs that are great in the English and Science department don’t have many references to US based measurements, so are very user friendly and of excellent quality.
  • It needs to be fairly priced (not over-expensive) for what it’s worth. And you need to compare 'apples with apples'. A program with video content, instruction material and student workbooks can't be compared to a workbook from your local news agency in terms of the quality of instruction and learning. And since you've committed to teaching your children, it's worth investing in materials that support you to do an excellent job of it.
  • There needs to be excellent feedback about the product. If people are raving about the way the program teaches or what it offers, there’s a good reason for it - that means it works!
  • It must be simple to implement and not require a lot of preparation time (you've got better things to do with your time - like enjoying hanging out with and enjoying the beauty of your kids....)

We've put together a list to share some of our favourite materials, programs that have been tried and tested to work. We know from experience that it can be hard to know what to choose and where to start. So these recommendations are here to support and hopefully inspire you whether you're new to this, or  you're needing a clean slate and a fresh start!

best homeschool curriculums

These are tried and tested by real homeschool mums, myself included (I had five kids all a year apart that had very different interests and sometimes it was challenging finding something that engaged for each of them!) so you can be rest assured that they actually work. However, it's totally up to you to choose what is right for you and your kids. 

Enjoy reading and let us know your favourite homeschool curriculums in the comments below.


Math-U-See is the most popular multi-sensory maths program on the market to date – because it actually works!

best homeschool curriculums

The Math-U-See program covers Primary to Grade 12 and University level maths, and is perfect for students of all ages and learning styles, including intervention and those with special needs.

Math-U-See teaches in a way that is effective for students of all ages and learning abilities. The program maintains that learning should be taught in a hands-on way, at each students own pace and in the way that they can understand. 

best homeschool curriculums

By using a variety of teaching methods and engaging all the senses, learning is concrete and effective. 

Students progress through each level sequentially (left to right below) to build on the foundational principles learnt in the previous levels. For some kids, a particular level will be easy and they'll breeze through. For other kids, that same level may take a little longer. Each student has the support to move at their own pace, and fully understand the topic before moving forward.

best homeschool curriculums

The levels continue on through the Advanced Levels and take students through complex algebraic equations, geometry, pythagoras theorem and more. The same approach is applied - each lesson builds on the previous level and makes sure the student fully understands each concept before moving forward.

It's easy to teach too, even if you don't have prior teaching experience. Many parents, teachers and tutors highly reccommend the program because of its simplistic approach and ease of use. The program includes:

  • Step-by-step instructions are provided for the teacher for each lesson, so you know exactly what to teach and how to teach it
  • Lesson-by-lesson online videos explain each topic that is being taught - like your very own private tutor
  • The use of manipulatives in each lesson is research-proven to dramatically engage and enhance learning for each student 
  • Practicing the questions in the student workbooks reinforces what has been taught
  • End of lesson tests make it easy to see what your student has understood - and which topics needs more work

The first step is to figure out where your student is at, and determine their level of maths understanding. Then you know where to start, what topics to focus on, and what gaps need to be filled in. You can take the free online Placement Test.

Online and In-Person Maths Trainings

There’s also online and in-person Maths Training available for parents, teachers, tutors and schools. These trainings arose from the need of parents and teachers wanting some extra support to teach multisensory maths in ways that work. The trainings will give you some great tools and techniques to teach maths easily and effectively to your students.

Perfect for those seeking some extra knowledge on maths, how to better teach it and the advantages of multisensory maths. Great for levelling up your maths understanding so you can better teach at home, in small groups and in the classroom.

You can check out all of the Multisensory Maths Trainings available here:

best homeschool curriculums


The Sound Way teaches step-by-step lessons for reading, writing, phonetics and language skills. They have online videos as well as workbooks, where the student will go through each lesson at their own pace. Perfect for those who learn through auditory, as well as those with learning challenges. And its much more comprehensive than English at most schools!

best homeschool curriculums

Each lesson works with words sounded out by each syllable, making it easy and simple to understand. My daughters loved the way this was taught!

best homeschool curriculums

”The Sound Way Program improved the average reading and writing skills of our entire Year 8, 9 & 10 students by more than 3 years in 10 weeks... I have never seen anything like this in my over 20 years of being in education.”

They offer two parts – a junior and senior version – catering to both school-aged students and adult learners.


The Story of the World

This interactive history resource is a hidden treasure! It’s a perfect resource to teach your kids history from past ages to present, through Africa, China, Europe and the Americas. Explained in a straightforward, engaging style, this is a must for the homeschool curriculum list!

best homeschool curriculums

They have student workbooks, activity booklets, and audiobooks (which are perfect for travelling and roadtrips, or even a drive to the shops). 

best homeschool curriculums


The Big Life Journal

Wonderfully illustrated, these journals support students to engage with confidence and master science-based subjects. The bright colours are engaging and fun – I love these!

best homeschool curriculums

Big Life Journal also have printables, conversation cards, posters and online pdfs available.

best homeschool curriculums

Exploring Creation by Apologia

Exploring Creation is Christian-based learning and they have everything science-related! General science, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, health and nutrition, as well as biology resources and packs to make sure you have everything you need. The workbooks are extensive – explicit illustrations, information and step by step working through with student workbooks.

best homeschool curriculums
best homeschool curriculums

A perfect homeschool curriculum for middle school, high school and elementary levels science instruction.

You can see the full product range here:

best homeschool curriculums
best homeschool curriculums


Graham Lloyd Music

This musical program is perfect for beginners, right the way through to those mastered in the muscial arts! Music is a language too, and it needs to be taught step by step. Chords, intonations, foundations of music and also the 'science' of music is explored throughout this wonderful program.

best homeschool curriculums

They offer online video instruction lessons, hard copy books and a range of packages that will best suit your child's interest.

best homeschool curriculums


Nature Study Australia

Truly a masterpiece, these beautiful study guides are packed with wonderful illustrations!

This one has to be my top pick – its so beautiful, so Australian, and so needed in our modern day society – most kids don’t know much about the world around them. This is the perfect resource to support discovery of the outside world.

best homeschool curriculums

An in-depth introduction to the world around us here in Australia, including wildlife, native flowers, orchids, as well as telling the time though observing the sun.

best homeschool curriculums

There are also Mothers Day cards, autumn leaf prints and backyard phenology wheels available.


This is a great resource if you want to learn more about the Indigenous Australian way of life, through food and cooking. It’s been my favourite way of teaching my kids – get them in the kitchen. There’s something empowering about knowing where to harvest your food, how to cook it and enjoy eating it afterwards.

best homeschool curriculums

This is also a great resource to learn about the world around us, here in Australia!
Many children grow up without any understanding of how they can connect with the world around them (often in our very own backyards). This is the perfect cookbook to learn some rewarding Indigenous knowledge that turns out to be very tasty, too. 

best homeschool curriculums

Samantha lives in Far North Australia and continues to share her outstanding knowledge of cooking, food, recipes and Indigenous culture. You can connect and keep up to date with Samantha through the Bush Tukka Facebook page here

You can order a copy directly here:

best homeschool curriculums

There's an annual Aussie Homeschool Summit that is held online, including 28+ speakers across Australia who are there to deliver fair dinkum Aussie homeschooling advice. Heaps of knowledge, freebies and a great opportunity to connect with your homeschooling community - wherever that may be across Australia!

Every year, Esther White from Maths Australia teams up with Fearless Homeschool and offers an online webinar about maths, how to teach it, the benefits of multisensory learning and provides easy tips that you can incooperate in your everyday maths lessons.

Plus, all the speakers' webinars are recorded, which means you can have ongoing access to the online content, even if you haven't attended before (this is what we do in our spare time 😉

It's all available now, and you'll find some more info about next year's Aussie Homeschool Summit online here: 

Get organised and effective with the Mulberry Homeschool 2022 planner - whether you're starting your schooling or in the middle of everything and needing some organisation and focus.

For many of us, seeing the back of 2021 will be a relief! Calling 2021 a 'weird' year would be an understatement. Hands up if you've hit a wobble here and there... we certainly did!

best homeschool curriculums

This planner is perfect for the planning out the New Year of your child's education needs (and extra curricular activities) and making sure you're on top of your homeschooling state or reporting requirements. It's a great resource for parents who want to have just a little more organisation in their life and especially for those with a few kids to keep track of.

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This 200+ page mega download includes everything you could possibly need to plan, track and evaluate your homeschooling routine and your children's wonderful journey of learning through life! Join hundreds of other parents who come back year after year to purchase the downloadable Mulberry Planner, because it's just THAT good. 😉 

best homeschool curriculums

You can download the templates instantly, which means you don't need to wait around for the postman. Plus, The Mulberry Planner is the only homeschool planner that's specifically designed for the Southern Hemisphere. 

The 2022 planner is available now and features:

  • 200+ pages of templates, planning pages, tables, prompts and record sheets to organise your entire 2022 homeschool year! 
  • Instant digital download, print the pages you like, whenever you like
  • 21 new template pages this year - based on requests.
  • Stunning colour theme featuring 14 beautiful cover options
  • Easily adaptable for one child or multiple children, and can be customised to suit grades K-12.
  • Ultimate flexibility with multiple layout options, blank title pages, DIY borders and customisation tips.
  • Designed for easy printing with room for spiral bound, hole punch and ring binder on the left margin.
  • Perfect for all types of homeschoolers AND unschoolers!

Plus... Free Math-U-See Bonus Lesson Planners

Plus, if you purchase through the link above, we've got a special freebie for you.
We've collaborated together with the Mulberry Planner team and created these planner templates - so you can use ALL the Mulberry Planner planners and lists, PLUS these free Math-U-See Bonus Lesson Planners. Sound good or what?

best homeschool curriculums
best homeschool curriculums

Online Homeschooling Course

Kelly George, from Fearless Homeschool, has a popular “Zero to Homeschooling” course that gives you an effective system, resources and all the support you need to start homeschooling. This course is perfect if you are just starting out teaching your kids at home, or are an experienced mum and just looking for a few extras to make life
a little easier!

If you want a FREE homeschooling course that shows you how and what to do to start (great even if you’re a seasoned homeschooler) here’s a great resource from Kelly, Fearless Homeschool. Kelly has got loads of other home-schooling resources, inspirational quotes, homeschooling program reviews and much more, so be sure to check out her page!

Learning Differences/Special Needs

If you have children with learning differences/special needs or know someone who does, check out this great course by Neurodiversity. They offer a great course and run through loads of information, tools and techniques!

We also have tutors that work specifically with children who have learning differences. Many of the tutors we recommend have Orton-Gillingham training, ADA training and also use the Math-U-See program to work with students, and provide excellent support for you and your child. You can view the available tutors here. 

Australian State Laws about Homeschooling

To check out each state’s laws in regards to homeschooling, check the information below. This is important if you want to find out the laws and regulations specific to your state and register your family's education. It is a good idea to be aware of the reporting requirements and anything else you need to complete before getting started.

Stay up to date with the best programs on the market

There's so many great programs here that have helped hundreds of parents across Australia to homeschool, home educate and un-school their kids. The best thing is, you get to take your pick and see what works for you and your kids. 

As I mentioned before, all these programs have been tried and tested by families and by our team personally - so we know that it works!

best homeschool curriculums

Hope these homeschool curriculum suggestion help you find the best education for your kids – let us know in the comments below!

The Team at Maths Australia

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