Book Review: 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum and Approach for Each Child’s Learning Style
by Cathy Duffy
Westminster, CA: Grove Publishing, 2015

Cathy Duffy began homeschooling in 1982. In addition to being a homeschooling mom, she is an author, curriculum consultant, and international conference speaker. In short, she knows a great deal about homeschooling and this book shows it. “102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum” devotes the first five chapters to helping homeschoolers figure out how their children learn, what their philosophy of education is, and providing a guideline for who should learn what and when. Duffy respects the individuality of homeschoolers and encourages each family to determine what works for them.

Duffy writes from a Christian perspective, but includes Christian, Catholic, and secular resources in her 102 top picks, which are presented by general subject area. She offers very thorough reviews of each of these products in order to help consumers make an informed decision.

“102 Top Picks” is a delight for anyone who loves to read about the various curricular options. The book is very text-heavy, however, and while certainly not Duffy’s intent, might be rather intimidating to a new homeschooler venturing into unfamiliar waters for the first time. While Duffy has been selective in her choices, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of products and approaches available.

Overall, however, this is a high-quality resource for those eager to discover what many well-known homeschool materials actually provide in terms of approach and education.

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Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, editor of "Today's Catholic Homeschooling", is the mother of two biological sons and one adopted daughter. She is in her fifteenth year of homeschooling. She has a B.A. in History and Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Applied Theology. She is the author of "The Crash Course Guide to Catholic Homeschooling" and "The Fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary". She blogs at