Cathy Duffy Top Picks

When evaluating curriculum, we use three main sources to learn about the materials: we gain personal experience by interacting with the curriculum itself; we read reviews by/ask questions of people who have used or are using the curriculum; and we look for a review by Cathy Duffy. We have been reading her reviews for years, and consider them usually right on the mark.

In 2005, Mrs. Duffy released her book, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. We list here many (though not all) of the items she recommended in that book. Although we don't always agree with her assessments, generally we too recommend these materials highly. But we also advise you to actually obtain her book to see why she suggests them. In 100 Top Picks, she offers guidance to help you decide which materials would actually work best for you.

In 2012, she released an updated version, retitled 101 Top Picks. Six years is a long time in the homeschool publishing world, and many of Cathy's top picks were adjusted (see a list of differences here). The same thing happened again three years later, in 2015, with the publication of 102 Top Picks (see list of updates here). The core of the book in all three editions remains very similar, still offering you the tools to narrow your focus and guide you through a simplified curriculum selection process with questionnaires and charts. She helps you understand your own preferences in terms of a philosophy of education, learning styles, and goal setting, enabling you limit the seemingly limitless possibilities to a manageable number of choices.

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Active Filters: 5th grade (Ages 10-11), New Books & Materials
Child's History of the World
by Virgil M. Hillyer
from Calvert School
World History Reference for 2nd-6th grade
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: HISRF-SPINE)
$30.00 $20.00 (1 in stock)
History of Science
by Rebecca Berg
2nd edition from Beautiful Feet Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Beautiful Feet Books (Location: HISCUR-BFB)
$18.95 $11.00 (1 in stock)
Introduction to Classical Studies - Student Guide
by Cheryl Lowe
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$12.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Introduction to Classical Studies - Teacher Guide
by Cheryl Lowe
from Memoria Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$14.95 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Mark Kistler's Draw Squad
by Mark Kistler
from Simon and Schuster
for 2nd-6th grade
in Drawing for Beginners (Location: ELE-ARTDRAW)
$17.00 $8.00 (2 in stock)
McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in Reading
by William A. McCall & Lelah Mae Crabbs
from Back Home Industries
for 1st-9th grade
in McCall-Crabbs Reading Comprehension (Location: REACOM-MC)
$40.00 $28.00 (1 in stock)
Mystery of History Volume I (old)
by Linda Lacour Hobar
2nd edition from Bright Ideas Press
History Curriculum for 4th-8th grade
in Mystery of History (Location: HISCUR-MoH)
$42.50 $28.00 (1 in stock)
Mystery of History Volume II
by Linda Lacour Hobar
from Bright Ideas Press
History Curriculum for 5th-8th grade
in Mystery of History (Location: HISCUR-MoH)
$49.95 $35.00 (2 in stock)
Well-Trained Mind
by Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise
10th Anniversary Edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
in Old Edition English (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
$25.00 $15.00 (2 in stock)