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Harbor and Sprout is breathing life and wonder into homeschools across the globe. Here's what you can expect from our curriculum:
Convenient and Easy to Use
Harbor and Sprout is thorough and comprehensive without being complicated. Every month's unit is neatly laid out and organized to help schooling be full of connection, memories, and learning. Leave the lesson planning to us!
Accessible and Affordable
High quality, organized, and comprehensive homeschool materials should be available to and enjoyed by all. Harbor + Sprout provides all the joy of learning in an approachable way and at a price point that fits your family’s budget, all bundled into one convenient monthly unit.
Gentle Structure and Organization
We have taken great care to develop a framework that provides the perfect mix of structure and freedom to make it your own. We will provide all the tools and plans, and you get to choose the best way to use them for your family's needs.
Teaching multiple children at different levels of learning is no small feat! We have created a curriculum that is conducive to your whole family's learning, with easy-to-follow, engaging lesson plans designed to fit the needs of all your little learners.
Engaging and Beautifully Designed
The resources in Harbor + Sprout are high quality and creative, filled with nature, and designed to engage your children and kindle curiosity. We have reimagined the way classic subjects are taught to help bring learning to life.
Everything You Need in One Place
For just $22 a month, your family's curriculum, book list, and lesson plans will be conveniently delivered straight to your inbox. (Just add foundational building blocks as needed!)
Harbor and Sprout is a curriculum that fits the needs of the whole family all at once. Rather than researching, purchasing, and incorporating different curriculum for every subject and every age, we have an all-in-one package for all of your children with all subjects included. We are all about simplifying, and Harbor and Sprout will allow you and your children to truly experience what it is to learn (together!).
Inside the handbook of each unit, you'll find lesson plans for all subjects broken into four distinct levels of learning:
Explorers are learning to observe the world around them through simple, foundational activities that foster learning, curiosity, and communication.
Investigators are beginning to dig a little deeper through activities that encourage them to ask questions and find answers as they continue to build understanding of fundamental skills.
Adventurers are able to read and write independently. As they continue to learn, they are encouraged to ask questions and engage in activities that lead them to read and research to find answers on their own. They are practicing writing through thoughts in clear, structured sentences and paragraphs.
Discoverers are beginning to take ownership of their education through activities that require them to read, write, and analyze independently. They are practicing writing more formally structured essays and reports and deepening their understanding of the topics they are studying.
Each lesson will be complete with ideas or different instruction sets for how to make material conducive to children at varying stages in their education. In this way, you will assign projects to different ages. For example, for a geography map activity, the Explorer colors the map, the Investigator finds and traces labels, the Adventurer labels the map independently, and the Discoverer does a one-page report on a chosen country. Everyone does the same base activity with versatile guided applications!
Your child may be at a different levels for different subjects or activities. You get to tailor it to exactly what they need and take the freedom to help them learn in a way that makes sense for them!
Harbor and Sprout meets a need for families of many different schooling styles and preferences.
What it is:
- Unique and original
- A springboard for deep learning
- Rich in literature
- A catalyst for critical thinking
What it is not:
- A foundational building-blocks style curriculum
- A learn-to-read program
- An intensive coverage of all the basics
- A chronologically based curriculum
For a more relaxed homeschool style, Harbor and Sprout provides all the lessons you'll need to dive deep into learning about a wide variety of subjects. Just add books!
If you prefer a bit more structure, you may choose to follow additional curricula alongside your Harbor and Sprout lessons.
We recommend a comprehensive reading program if you'd like a curriculum to teach literacy. We also recommend a building-blocks-style math curriculum, with the understanding that Harbor and Sprout will reinforce and expand on math concepts.
Harbor and Sprout is an eclectic unit study curriculum, inspired by our favorite aspects of many styles. There are elements that would be considered Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio, or Charlotte Mason, but nothing is especially catered to a set style. It is a free flowing curriculum that allows for fluidity and deeper level learning, adaptable to each child’s learning needs. It can function beautifully as a stand-alone or as a supplement to additional curricula of choice. It’s the best of all worlds.
The Harbor and Sprout community spans the globe and embraces families from many diverse backgrounds and belief systems. Our curriculum does not include religious or faith-based material, nor does it impede families’ option to add their own religious studies. Our stance would be best described as neutral or non-sectarian.
It is a top priority for us to actively seek rich diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, and culture. You will find book recommendations, writing excerpts, poetry, historical figures, and other materials and activities to be representative of our wide world view as we all grow and learn together.
The regular monthly subscription is $22/month. You will receive one credit redeemable for one unit of your choice each month. You may pause, skip a month, or cancel at any time without a fee or penalty. Individual units are available on the site for $30 each.
Each month's resources will be centered around one field of study, and all subjects will include four lessons focused around that theme.
The lessons will not necessarily be written with a goal of teaching the full breadth of the monthly theme, but rather the subject matter will be presented with a thematic angle. As an example, for Geology month, a math lesson may include weighing and measuring rocks, a science lesson may examine different types of rocks and minerals, a week of history may focus on Friedrich Mohs and the development of the Mohs scale, and a geography lesson may explore various terrains.
Subjects will be broken down into weeklong increments with accompanying lesson plans and recommendations on how you may adapt the resources to fit the different levels of learning. You may complete lessons over the course of one month, or you can stretch units out to last as long as you'd like.
Be sure to download our free Freshwater Ecology sample week to see the structure in action!
Each month, 4 weeks worth of the following subjects will be covered:
- Nature Study
- Language Arts
- Thematic Activities
- Nature Activities
Other helpful resources will include:
- Book List
- Lesson Plans
- Supplemental Ideas and Activities
- Craft Tutorials
- Templates for notes, learning, reports, etc.
… and more!
Once the files are delivered to you, they’re yours to keep and use for life! You can reuse them as many times as you’d like for your own personal use within your family or classroom.
Our team is comprised of talented writers and artists who are college educated and mindful of the need to seek out a wide worldview. We are careful in our research and highly selective in choosing resources to consult as we develop our units.
Between us, we have 27 children teenagers to newborns, and all in-between. We have years of collective experience to share- professionally, in the classroom, and in our own families.
We recognize the need to continually learn and grow. We are a curious bunch and our passion for learning is evident in our curriculum. We are conscientious of the need to provide utmost accuracy, quality, and depth in our resources.
Yes! You may pause or skip a month at any time to receive monthly credits at a pace that suits your needs best.
We do allow for using these resources for a class that you are personally teaching; however, the files may not be distributed to families or other teachers. If you are teaching a co-op class, you may print copies for your students. If you’d like each of your students to have access to all the files, please direct them to where they can each purchase a copy!
See the dates below for release dates for the 2022-2023 year.
- Meteorology: August 15
- Homesteading + Sustainable Living: September 12
- Human Body: October 17
- Textiles + Fashion: November 12
- First Responder: December 12
- Exploration: January 16
- Construction: February 13
- Entomology: March 13
- Home Economics: April 10
- Agriculture: May 15
- Zoology: June 12
- Outdoor Survival Skills + Foraging: July 10
Here’s our unit theme list through July of 2023!
- July 2021: Botany
- August 2021: Visual Arts
- September 2021: Engineering
- October 2021: Paleontology
- November 2021: Forestry
- December 2021: Chemistry
- January 2022: Aviation
- February 2022: Forensic Science
- March 2022: Geology
- April 2022: Beekeeping
- May 2022: Astronomy
- June 2022: Oceanography
- July 2022: Tropical Ecology
- August 2022: Meteorology
- September 2022: Sustainable Living + Homesteading
- October 2022: Human Body
- November 2022: Textiles + Fashion
- December 2022: First Responders
- January 2023: Exploration
- February 2023: Construction
- March 2023: Entomology
- April 2023: Home Economics
- May 2023: Agriculture
- June 2023: Zoology
- July 2023: Outdoor Survival Skills
The books on the reading list are meant to guide you to a wide variety of high quality literature options each month that pair well with the unit theme, but none of the specific books are required to complete your lessons. We highly suggest utilizing you library or online lending service to acquire books in a budget friendly way. And always remember- as long as you're reading, you're set!
Timing will vary widely by family and style, but we have designed this curriculum and formulated lesson plans with a daily morning and afternoon block with two to three subjects covered each day. The amount of time this takes depends greatly on how in depth you choose to take your learning. Harbor + Sprout is thorough, comprehensive, and approachable in terms of content and volume. We encourage you to utilize the lesson plans and adapt them to fit your family's needs in a way that resonates with you. You may arrange your day in whatever way makes sense for your family!
We have a number of printers listed here on our Amazon storefront if you are looking to invest in a printer and print at will, as needed. To order printing, we recommend price matching across a your local print shop, Barnes and Noble Press, or another independent print company such as Family Nest Printing, The Homeschool Printing Company, or Watson Family Press.
All files have been formatted for double-sided printing with instructions for how to utilize your printer's features and settings to print on both sides. We also have information on how to print on various page sizes. The curriculum is presented in US Letter size and we have provided instructions on printing on A4 size paper.
We have taken great care to make sure that this curriculum represents our worldwide client base. From our book list to our lessons, it is our goal to make sure our resources are applicable to your life and family. The Harbor + Sprout community spans the globe and we are here to join you wherever you are!