2013 Excellence in Education Awards

 

 
 

                   

 
   

Finding the "perfect" curriculum is quite the chore for us homeschool moms. It can be a daunting task to decide which curricula or materials to buy as you look online, thumb through catalogs, chat with other homeschool moms, or stare and compare resources at a homeschool convention. Add in the restraints of a limited budget, and the challenge is increased.

If you're glassy-eyed trying to sort through all the curriculum choices for your family, the TOS Excellence in Education Awards will provide you with a great starting point for your search. The survey for these awards was publicized through an E-Blast and social media, and 1,751 individuals responded with their choices for the best of the best in almost every area of study.

The survey was designed so that individual respondents entered the name of a curriculum or product of choice for each category. They were not given a set of choices from which to choose. Consequently, the winners of the TOS 2013 Excellence in Education Awards were clearly chosen by the respondents, and the respondents were not constrained by the crafters of the survey. After all the data were amassed, category totals were calculated and the winners determined.

In many categories we've listed second-place finishers to provide even more alternatives for you as you consider your options. If responses varied significantly among respondents, not allowing for groupings of responses, only possible place finishers are presented.

Drum roll, please . . . 


and here are the 2013 Excellence in Education Winners
:

 

 
 

 

AppElementary School
 

1. Classical Conversations 

 

2. Dan Russell-PinsonStack the States/Countries 

 
       
 

  

AppMiddle School
 

1. Classical Conversations 

 

2. Dan Russell-PinsonStack the States/Countries 

 
       
 

  

AppHigh School

 

1. Classical Conversations 

 

2.  Khan Academy

 
       
 

  

Art

 

1. Classical Conversations 

 

2. ARTistic Pursuits

 
       
 

  

Bible

 

1. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

 

2. My Father's World

 
       
 

 

Boxed Curriculum CompanyElementary School

 

1. Sonlight

 

2. My Father's World

 
       
 

 

Boxed Curriculum CompanyMiddle School

 

1. Sonlight

 

2. Classical Conversations

 
       
 

 

Boxed Curriculum CompanyHigh School
 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Sonlight     

 
       
 

 

Character BuildingElementary School

 

1. Exercising ValuesPamela Davenport

 
       
 

 

Character BuildingMiddle School

 

1. Doorposts

 
       
 

 

Character BuildingHigh School

 

1. Heart of Dakota Publishing

 
       
    College Prep

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. College Prep Genius

 
       
 

 

Computer-Based (Complete) CurriculumElementary School

 

1. Alpha Omega Publications

 

2. Time 4 Learning     

 
       
 

 

Computer-Based (Complete) CurriculumMiddle School

 

1. Alpha Omega Publications

 

2. BJU Press

 
       
 

 

Computer-Based (Complete) CurriculumHigh School

 

1. Alpha Omega Publications

 

2. BJU Press    

 
       
    Computer Science

 

1. Homeschool Programming, Inc.

 

2. Computer Science for Kids

 
       
    Critical Thinking/Logic

 

1. The Critical Thinking Co.

 

2. Classical Conversations 

 
       
    ElectiveElementary School

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Family Time Fitness   

 
       
    ElectiveMiddle School

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Institute for Excellence in Writing     

 
       
    ElectiveHigh School

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Alpha Omega Publications       

 
       
    Foreign LanguageLatin

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Memoria Press

 
       
    Foreign LanguageSpanish

 

1. Rosetta Stone

 

2. La Clase Divertida, Inc.

 
       
    Foreign LanguageOther

 

1. Rosetta Stone

 

2. Classical Conversations

 
       
    GamesElementary School

 

1. Out of the Box

 
       
    GamesMiddle School

 

1. Hasbro

 
       
    GamesHigh School

1. The Settlers of Catan

 
       
    Geography

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Geography Matters

 
       
    HistoryElementary School

 

1. Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

 

2. Sonlight

 
       
    HistoryMiddle School

 

1. Mystery of History

 

2. Sonlight     

 
       
    HistoryHigh School

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Notgrass Company

 
       
    Language ArtsGrammar

 

1. Classical Conversations

 

2. Institute for Excellence in Writing 

 
       
    Language ArtsHandwriting

 

1. Handwriting without Tears

 
       
    Language Arts—Literature

 

1. Sonlight

 
       
    Language Arts—Phonics

 

1. A Beka Book

 

2. Explode the Code

 
       
    Language Arts—Reading

 

1. All About Reading by All About Learning Press

 

2. A Beka Book

 
       
    Language Arts—Spelling

 

1. All About Spelling by All About Learning Press

 

2. Spelling Power

 
       
    Language Arts—Writing (Composition)

 

1. Institute for Excellence in Writing

 
       
 

 

Lapbooking

 

1. In the Hands of a Child

 

2. Home School in the Woods

 
       
    Math—Elementary School

 

1. Math-U-See

 

2. Saxon Math    

 
       
    Math—Middle School

 

1. Math-U-See

 

2. Teaching Textbooks

 
       
    Math—High School

 

1. Teaching Textbooks

 

2. Saxon Math      

 
       
    Music

 

1. Adventus

 
       
    Online Learning—Elementary School

 

1. Starfall.com

 

2. Reading Eggs

 
       
    Online Learning—Middle School

 

1. BJU Press and Landry Academy

 

2. CurrClick, The Happy Scientist, and SchoolhouseTeachers.com

 
       
    Online Learning—High School

1. Kahn Academy

2. BJU Press                        

 
       
 

 

Science—Elementary School

1. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.   

 
       
    Science—Middle School

 

1. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 

 
       
    Science—High School

 

1. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.  

 
       
    Software

 

1. Critical Thinking Co.

 

2. Alpha Omega Publications       

 
       
 

 

Special Needs Learner

 

1. Classical Conversations and Dianne Craft, MA CNHP

 

2. The Barton Reading & Spelling System

 
       
    Typing / Keyboarding

 

1. Typing Instructor

 

2. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing by Broderbund

 
       
    Unit Studies

 

1. Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett

 

2. KONOS

 
       
  So there you have it! 2013′s winners! Please visit each site and contact them for information about their programs – several if not all will be happy to mail you catalogs or answer your questions about what they have to offer. And congratulate them on their wins! They´ve earned them and we want to show them our support!

Hope this helps with some of your buying decisions for the 2013-2014 year! 

Sincerely yours,
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine Staff
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