Curriculum & Books

Providing gently-used homeschool curriculum, teaching materials, classic literature, educational games, and supplemental resources




 Bookstore Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

Saturday and Evening Shopping Available by Appointment


18051 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite G, Torrance, CA  90504

(310) 590-0846


Cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and Pay Pal accepted for payment


Our mission is to provide personal attention to each shopper, to help
you select the best curriculum for your particular student and family circumstances,  to allow you time to browse and compare different resources, and to  save you money as you select your materials. 


As our limited space permits, we will accept donations of or purchase  materials in good condition.  Scroll down for more information!
A few of the items now on our shelves:

Minibooks  published by Open Court, beautiful full-color easy reader booklets,  50 cents ea

Learning in Spite of the Labels, by Herzog, $3

Teaching Children (a guide to grades K-6) by Lopez, $3

Motivating Reluctant Learners, an audio CD by Joyce Herzog, $3

GeoBoards in Action activity kit by Learning Express (boards + activity cards), $5

The Language of Literature, published by McDougal Littell, world lit anthology, $6

Singapore Primary  Math 2B Textbook,  U.S. Edition $6

Book of the Centuries, a Christian timeline book by Bonnie Detmer, $8

Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster, $10

Geometry by Teaching Textbooks, includes CDs + answer key, 1st edition, $10

Spelling Power 3rd edition by Beverly L. Adams-Gordon, $12

IEW Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, text + teacher’s manual, 3rd edition, $12

All About Spelling Level 1, teachers manual + student materials, $20

Shurley English, Grade 1, teacher’s manual + student workbook + CD, $30

The Logic of English: Essentials by Denise Eide, teachers manual + manuscript workbook + phonogram/spelling rule quick reference + basic phonogram flash cards, 1st edition, $40

Language Arts program level 1 by Michael Clay Thompson, Practice Island  + Sentence Island Teacher Manual + Building Language Teacher Manual + The Music of the Hemispheres + The Mud Trilogy Parent Manual, $35

Algebra I by Saxon, 4th edition . Textbook + solutions manual + homeschool testing book +Saxon Teacher DVD set, $100

and many more!



Teaching materials do not have to be expensive!  For cost-cutting recommendations, read our blog posts:
Buried Curriculum Treasure” 
Tips for Budget-Minded Curriculum Shoppers”



 Oldies but Goodies — Our policies for accepting donations

  1. Teaching resources that are still valid and effective, but are not the most recent edition or at the height of their popularity can still bless other homeschoolers.
  2. As our store is small, we reserve the right to limit donations to items which we expect to move quickly.
  3. Appointments preferred — call 310-590-0846 or use the “Contact Us” form to schedule an appointment.

Our Policies for Buying Your Books:

  1. We may purchase recent editions in excellent to good condition, depending upon our current inventory. All buy-backs are made by check or store credit. 
  2. Email us a list of the books  and we will let you know the items we would be interested in purchasing.
  3. As our store is small, we reserve the right to limit purchases to items which we expect to sell quickly.




      “There was the one book in our curriculum that I couldn’t find in ANY library, I refused to do the extensive reading online, and I did not want to pay more than $20.00 for a new book.   Within 24 hours Penny Ross found it online for me for the fraction of the price AND she also offered to buy it for me! This is what I call exceptional customer service! I didn’t have to search online and deal with unknown websites or vendors, I’ll have my book at a great price, and all I had to do was to ask Penny.

      Penny Ross is a fountain of practical wisdom and experience regarding homeschooling.  If you need a complement to your curriculum at a fraction of the price, Tools for the Home Educator is the place to go. Take advantage of it!”

Highly satisfied mom,