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”My two youngest children (ages 5 and 9) and I recently embarked on our first, daunting year of homeschool. In preparation for it, a friend of mine recommended I get this book. WOW. I had been so overwhelmed with the number of curriculum options available. This book was a like a flashlight in the fog! We decided to take an eclectic approach to homeschool. "102 Top Picks" helped me target the best curriculum for my family's goals and my children's learning styles in several different subject areas. I spent A LOT of time pouring through this book and using her recommended charts to target the most appropriate programs for us. I think laying that strong foundation was half of the battle to getting started and really set us up for success. So far, the kids and I are enjoying all of the programs we've picked and they seem to be working well. I wouldn't have even known about some of these options had I not purchased this book. Honestly, I don't know how anyone (especially newbies) could make a homeschool plan without it! Thank you, Cathy Duffy!”
Amanda Lofink, Co-op Member
”This book is a must for beginning your homeschooling journey. When we decided to homeschool our daughter I felt completely overwhelmed at all the options and possibilities and did not know where to begin. A friend recommended 102 Top Picks and it was amazing. It helped me clarify what my goals were for homeschooling, what kind of learner my daughter was, and what kind of teacher I wanted to be. She lays everything out in a nicely organized chart that narrows down curricula that are best fits for the paths you choose, and it has longer reviews in the back of each. After using this book I felt confident in the direction we were going and what would be best for our homeschool.”
Jenna K., Co-op Member
”Cathy's Top Picks were very helpful to me. I bought my homeschool curriculum mainly based on her top reviews. She goes in depth and even has a convenient chart to help you figure out which learning style will benefit most from each of the courses she reviewed.”
Lindy, Co-op Member
”I've purchased Cathy's books in the past to help me find my way in the sea of curriculum choices available today. I like her clear chart system that helps me quickly discover which programs will fit my mixed group of learners. It cut down on a lot of options that would never be suitable for their learning styles. I highly recommend it to anyone who is getting bogged down in the options available and who wants to make an informed decision.”
Melanie Jo, Co-op Member
”I started reading this book so that I could better understand what kind of homeschooling would work for me and my children. It has helped exponentially. Her explanation of types of homeschooling is very informative. Her description of tools is also informative. I loved all the information this had to offer. I've read many books on homeschooling now I wish I had just read this one.”
Adrienne Johnson, Co-op Member
”I love love love this book and website! Has played a HUGE role in my curriculum choices each year!”
J. C., Co-op Member
”As a first year homeschool parent I was having a difficult time trying to select the right curriculum for our family. I purchased this on the recommendations of others and what a blessing! This book helped me tremendously in narrowing the focus on my teaching style, my children's learning personalities and the curriculum that best matched our styles. I am so thankful to have this wonderful resource and will recommend it highly to other homeschoolers.”
Jessica F., Co-op Member
”Oh my goodness, what a calming & reassuring resource this has turned out to be! I have spent the last couple of years trying to get the hang of homeschooling but floundering the whole time. Yes I have read all the blogs and talked to many other homeschoolers, but it's hard to apply advice from one family's experience and expect it to fit my own.

For the first time I feel like I have a solid direction to head, thanks to Cathy's careful guidance. She has helped me figure out my teaching style/preference as well as my daughter's style of learning.

As with any form of lasting education, the proof is in the application. She helped me connect the dots between teaching/learning styles and the kinds of curriculum that support that. What a relief!! I am entering the new school year with a LOT more peace and confidence.

Thank you, Cathy, for this invaluable resource.”
Esther W, Co-op Member
”Anything by Cathy Duffy is always well thought out, her reviews are supported with examples, she writes from a Christian perspective and she has the experience of years teaching her own children and at co-ops.
Anything she writes I want, and have bought over the years :)
My children have benefitted from her advice at least to look outside the box.
I have recommended Cathy Duffy's materials to everyone over the years and will continue to do so.”
H l ne, Co-op Member
”I have used this book for years. I recommend it to all new and seasoned homeschooling families. Not only are the curriculum reviews awesome, but it also helps you understand what kind of learner you will be teaching, and the best curriculum for their needs.”
Annie Hudson, Mrs
”This has been such a lifesaver for me. I' m still fairly new to homeschooling and checking out curriculums here first has saved me countless dollars in purchasing unecessary curriculum that would simply end up on the bookshelf. This book (as well as her website) is an invaluable source of information! We are now homeschooling in a way that is perfectly tailored to my child....finally!”
Kathi W., Co-op Member
”Our first attempt at homeschooling was, at best, a dismal success. We used pre-packaged curriculum and only one child out of the three was happy with it. At the end of that year I purchased Cathy's first book but we decided to enroll our children in a Charter school so the book was never opened. After much prayer, we felt that it was necessary to give homeschooling another chance. I pulled out Cathy's book and set to work planning an approach to this school year. Her website was another great resource and on it I found a link to update to the latest version of her book. What a goldmine! We are using curriculum tailored specifically to each child in each subject. While homeschooling still has its difficult moments, I'm happy to say that they are not caused by the curriculum. I'm looking forward to calling this year a success thanks to this book.”
Christina Jay, Co-op Member
”This is a great source of information for any parent who is looking for good curriculum your children”
IanDABK, Co-op Member
”Believe it or not, as a homeschool family, we've been at this for about 4 years now. But, somehow we missed this extremely valuable read in the beginning. Besides a great deal for the book here at HSBC - we got the best deal just by reading its pages. And - now we know that we are a Charlotte Mason, Eclectic style Notebooking loving family. Confused? Then buy the book... but buy here. This is the homeschool world's group buying power for sure.”
Anthony Cooper, Co-op Member
”Great resource! Love having it on my Kindle! I keep referencing it as I continue to make my plans for the fall! This is especially helpful since I am not able to physically lay my hands on every resource before I need to purchase it. It's very descriptive and I really appreciate the recommendation regarding what kind of learner each resource is best for (I have 3 different learners, so this is really important for me). I always recommend this book!”
Jennifer M, Co-op Member
”I have loved this book! Before reading it, I wasn't sure which curriculum was a good fit for my family. This book helped me decide which curriculum was a good fit for each kid based on their personality and learning style. I was also able to find some great curriculum that would work for all the kids together, which saves so much time along with allowing us all to learn together during certain times of the day. I have since recommended this book to others. Thank you for offering it at such a great price!”
Kristin L, Co-op Member
”I appreciated the information on learning styles and how they are linked to different curriculums. Cathy's reviews are thorough, fair and informative. I wish there had been more reviews on secular curriculum choices, especially in language and science.”
Simone W., Co-op Member
”"Do I really need the updated version?" I had asked myself re. 101 Top Picks. Yes! I decided when I was able to get the ebook at a greatly reduced price. I am in my 8th year homeschooling & 100 Top Picks has been a primary resource for me.

Most of the book seems similar to the previous version, but there are big changes to the top picks. Having the new one inspired me to read through the goal setting & learning sections, applying the principals to my younger students.

The ebook is not nearly as convenient as a traditional book, for comparing data on different pages, but printing from it is easier.

I have used 101 Top Picks a lot already, & I know I will get my money's worth from it.”
Kelly R., Co-op Member
”This book was instrumental in helping me make some difficult choices about our plan for homeschooling. It is so much more than a book of recommendations it's a book that will walk you through the process from beginning to end. I felt so overwhelmed by my decision to homeschool all 3 of my boys this year but Cathy's 101 top picks really helped me gain clarity and focus on everything that's important about choosing a curriculum. When people tell me that they are thinking about homeschooling their kids, I tell them to read this book NOW so they can understand what they want and need before they have to face the question of what curriculum they should use. I highly recommend this book and will continue to recommend it to anyone who is considering a change in curriculum or just beginning to think about homeschooling. Thank you so much of helping me face this giant! God Bless you Cathy Duffy.”
Sandra M., Co-op Member
”Cathy Duffy's Top Picks has been my #1 go-to reference for curriculum decisions through my 16 years of homeschooling. I have read other reviewers, but I have found that Cathy's recommendations have worked well for our family through the years. I had enough SmartPoints to upgrade to the revised edition pdf from my well-used paperback edition, and was very happy to have the new reviews at my fingertips. I make reference to Cathy Duffy when "talking curriculum" with friends and new homeschoolers.”
Ann, Co-op Member
”I love Cathy Duffy's 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum! For new homeschoolers, this book is one of the best introductions possible to the myriad possibilities of homeschooling. If you've been homeschooling for some time already, it's an excellent refresher and summary of some of the new options you may want to consider. This year, I needed the reminder to focus first on what my priorities and goals for teaching were, before I started deciding what curriculum to use.

I also appreciate how when Ms. Duffy reviews a curriculum, she answers many of the questions someone may use to decide whether a curriculum is a good fit for them. It simplifies the research process considerably!”
Elizabeth H, Co-op Member
”Cathy has saved me hours, if not days, of work! I am so grateful for her book. This year I was revamping all of our homeschooling books (either used up or needed a different style) and needed information for three different grade levels for eight different subjects! I was able to find what would work best for our family and each child individually all within her book. Even after I finished the book, I decided to check out some other suppliers. I was unhappy with them all; either quality, price, or content. I would end up back at what Cathy recommended every time. This has been EXACTLY what I was looking for. I really trust her reviews and love the outlook she shares within her book. I cannot tell you what a blessing this book was for me this year. I am recommending it to all my homeschooling friends. Thank you!!!”
Amber, Co-op Member
”I am so pleased with Ms. Duffy's book! She did not jump into product reviews, but started with questionnaires to get me thinking about what I wanted my children to learn, how I prefer to teach, how my children best learn, and so on. Then, Duffy provided lists to show what types of homeschooling approaches would suit my preferences and desires.

Duffy provides excellent reviews of a broad variety of materials. Any homeschooling parent knows just how many educational options there are to choose from. She reviews products I've seen reviewed on other sites (for example,, which thoroughly reviews all products they sell), but also materials I'd not heard of before. I've also seen some of the products reviewed on, but Duffy's evaluations are extensive discussions of the pros and cons of each text, what the curriculum teaches, and the amount of teacher preparation and involvement that is required.

Our budget is very limited at present, so we've only purchased one unit study reviewed by Ms. Duffy, the Five in a Row series, Vol. 1. This product is working for us even better than I could have hoped. My boys love the program, I love how easy it is to follow and to prepare the lessons, we all love that we're able to get the assigned books from the library. I had not heard of FIAR before reading "101 Top Picks", and I am so glad I read the book because this program has been a life-saver! I've recommended "101 Top Picks" to several friends and am glad I found it discounted at the Co-op!”
Becky Emmons, Co-op Member
”I was thrilled to be able to get an updated copy of Top Picks. The older version had been helpful, but this updated one is even more useful. I've referred to it numerous times already. I recommended it to friends during the sale, and I'll continue to recommend this valuable reference.”
B. Allman, Co-op Member
”Because I am a veteran homeschoolers (20+yrs), I was a bit skepticial about buying 101 top picks. None the less, I bought it and the information was invaluable. Not only did it reinforce some ideas I have learned through the years, I learned about the basic learning styles and the importance of matching curriculum with learning styles. Cathy made it easy to review curriculum with the easily understandable charts which saved me a lot of time. It covers a lot of publishers and varieties of curriculum thoroughly. I recommend this for anyone teaching children.”
Sam W., Co-op Member
”I have (and love!) this book as a paperback...and love that I was able to get the e-book version at a discount! It is now easier to carry with me and read wherever I go!”
Stephanie Thompson, Co-op Member
”This is one of the best investments a homeschooling family can make! It is extremely useful when considering different curriculum choices. One of the features that had benefitted me the most is the section in the beginning where Cathy walks the reader through thinking out your educational goals and then helps you determine your child(ren)'s learning style. Armed with this information, I am able use the reviews in the rest of the book to make the best educational choices for each of my children. This book needs to be on every homeschoolers shelf!”
Deanne Smith, Co-op Member
”This is a great resource to help you narrow down the many curriculums for homeschooling. Pros and cons are given that help you decide what is best for your family. It is a real time saver when you are looking for new curriculum!”
Christine Thomas, Co-op Member
”Top Pick's assisted me in not only defining my style of teaching but how each of my children learn best. With the curriculum descriptions I was able to select and consider curriculum that would work best for my family saving me much time, money and frustration. I have suggested this book to many other homeschooler's and will always suggest this book to those just entering homeschool.”
Kris Peterson, Co-op Member
”This is a wonderful resource book. It was helpful in helping me decide which curriculum was best for my children. The reviews are in depth and very helpful.”
Katie A., Co-op Member