Blossom and Root: A Certified Teacher’s Review (2023)

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Blossom and Root is a secular literature-based homeschool curriculum that offers a flexible and affordable approach to learning.

As a certified teacher and second generation homeschooler, I love trying different curriculum products. We used Blossom and Root for pre-k and first grade and really enjoyed it. Let’s dive in.

Blossom and Root is designed for children aged three through 6th grade that covers most subjects but it does not include any math after Kindergarten.

The program is based on the principle that children learn best when they are immersed in the natural world, and so it encourages parents to take their children outside to explore nature and collect specimens of plants, rocks, shells, leaves, etc., as well as to observe animals and birds in their natural habitat.

Disclosure: I purchased both the 1st grade language arts curriculum and the Early Years (Volume 1) with my own money. I was not compensated monetarily for this honest review.

➡️ Purchase Blossom and Root materials when you click here.

Kid's workbook with baggie of crayons

Is Blossom and Root a Good Curriculum?

A better question would be, “is Blossom and Root a good curriculum for my family”?

I personally enjoy Blossom and Root. It works well for my two children. We’re currently using both the first grade language arts and the early years (volume 1) programs.

I find Blossom and Root accessible as a person with ADHD. I appreciate how flexible the language in the teacher guide is- giving me confidence in my own execution of the curriculum.

Blossom and Root worked well for our neurodiverse family. You can check it out here.

What type of curriculum is Blossom and Root?

Blossom and Root is a self-professed creative, nature-based, and secular homeschooling curriculum.

Their curriculum goes from Pre-K to 5th grade. They also have U.S. history and several mini units on various topics.

They are not aligned with common core nor do they attempt to align with any public school grading system.

Blossom and Root takes its approach from the world around us: It is based on the idea that children learn best through nature, so their curriculum uses natural materials wherever possible (like story stones, below).

➡️ Check to see if Blossom and Root is right for your family here.

cover of Blossom and Root with 5 story telling stones

Who Writes Blossom and Root?

The creator, Kristina Garner, is a homeschool mom and former Kindergarten teacher and director. Her materials reflect her thorough understanding of early elementary education.

She is a former teacher and has spent over 15 years working in schools as both an instructor and director before writing the Blossom and Root curriculum.

Kristina was so kind to respond to my questions about her experience. Here’s what she said:

email from Kristina Garner to the blog owner, Beth McCarter says:

Hi Beth,

Thanks for reaching out. I am happy to help. I’ll share some information below. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from the University of Colorado at Denver, graduating with honors and as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Arts and Media. While I was at UCD, I worked part-time (and often full-time in the summer and on breaks) teaching at an early childhood education center in Aurora, Colorado. I worked with ages 2 1/2 to 12 there, spending the majority of my time with the grades 1 - 5 students that came after school and in the summer for the arts camp I designed and ran, and I taught art classes to the private kindergarten class there. I also spent a great deal of time working with k - 5 students at various schools in Denver at spent a summer teaching k - 5 arts camp in Westcliffe, CO. 

After graduation, I decided working with children was what I really wanted to spend my time doing, so I worked to receive my ECE teaching credentials and ECE directing credentials through the State of Colorado while I worked full time at the same ECE center I’d worked at all through university. These credentials allowed me to take over as the full time kindergarten teacher there, which I enjoyed for many, many years. I also tutored the grades 1 - 5 students that came in the afternoons, and continued directing and teaching the summer arts program for the k - 5 learners. I served as the assistant director and helped design the curriculum for the ECE center for several years as well. 

In all, I’d spent over 15 years working with preschool, pre-k, and k - 5 students as a teacher, tutor, arts program designer, and assistant ECE director before beginning Blossom and Root. 

Thank you so much for your supportive words. If you have any questions, please let me know. Have a beautiful weekend! 

Kristina Garner

Owner, Blossom and Root Home Education

More Questions about Blossom and Root

Is Blossom and Root Open and Go?

Although Blossom and Root is a great open and go program and I highly recommend it especially for people new to homeschooling, you will have to source the recommended books AND supply a math curriculum as no math is provided after kindergarten.

Although Blossom and Root contains most of the subjects that you need for an entire curriculum, you do have to prep some materials to make it a completely “open and go” experience.

Some prep and additional materials are required. Here are some important notes:

  • No math after Kindergarten
  • You must source the books from the recommended list
  • Some materials may need to be purchased or sourced from nature (rocks, peg dolls, staging materials like moss, ABC tiles)

I have found their ‘word lists’ for each week to be perfect for spelling work, while their handwriting pages come in print and cursive which is great for my daughter who hasn’t decided which she prefers.

➡️ Purchase Blossom and Root for your elementary student here.

word lists from Blossom and Root with a baggie full of letter tiles

Is Blossom and Root Religious?

No. Blossom and Root is secular. They choose resources that have no mention of religion unless as a feature of history, culture, or anthropology.

In their suggested reading list, they give parents a heads’ up if the material references a religion. They also give multiple books to choose from depending on your family’s personality.

Blossom and Root could easily be used by a religious family with minimal adaptation.

➡️ Check out material for grades Pre-K through 6th here.

Is Blossom and Root Montessori?

No, Blossom and Root is not a Montessori program. But they are a nature-based school that offers science lessons throughout all grades.

Blossom and Root does not completely align with a specific homeschooling style (besides secular).

Rather than Montessori, Blossom and Root seems to follow Charlotte Mason and Waldorf in that they’re built on literature studies and incorporate a great deal of nature.

The author, Kristina, says that both Charlotte Mason and Waldorf methods have influenced her personal homeschooling style.

Blossom and Root work book open to show kid's pictures of two stories (Grandma Lena's Turnip and The Turnip)

Blossom and Root History

What I love about Blossom and Root’s history, A River of Voices: Volume I, is that Kristina hired homeschooler and Apache Lipan representative, Kelly Reagan Tudor, to collaborate.

If you value resources that prioritize ‘Own Voices’, then you will definitely appreciate Blossom and Root’s history curriculum.

See what Blossom and Root has to offer when you click here.

three books against a wooden background (Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and The Little Red Hen)

Blossom and Root Science

Science is nature and literature based. It includes a student notebook as well as nature notebook.

This science curriculum is for parents who want their kids to have an open-ended exploration of the subject. It’s not for homeschoolers who want workbooks versus hands-on activities.

Discovery, creativity, imagination, and a solid foundation in reading and writing is what your child will get out of a year using Blossom and Root science.

  • Early Years Volume 1: 1x Week Playful Early Science Activity
  • Early Years Volume 2: 1x Week Hands-On STEM activity
  • First Grade: Wonders of the Earth and Sky
  • Second Grade: Wonders of the Plant and Fungi Kingdom
  • Third Grade: Wonders of the Animal Kingdom
  • Fourth Grade: Wonders of the Physical World
  • Fifth Grade Part 1: Wonders of the World Beyond (Oceanography)
  • Fifth Grade Part 2: Wonders of the World Beyond (Astronomy)
two books: Rapunzel and Doña Flor on a wooden background

Pros of Blossom and Root Curriculum

✅ Flexible

✅ Affordable

✅ Intentional about choosing diverse resources

✅ Consulted with Indigenous expert to create the US History product, A River of Voices

✅ Anti-racism resources for parents

➡️ You can purchase Blossom and Root curriculum here.

Cons of Blossom and Root Curriculum

Although we love Blossom and Root, if you’re looking for a complete homeschool curriculum just know that you will have to substitute your own math after kindergarten.

❌ No math after Kindergarten (We supplement with Beast Academy and Math Seeds)

"The Stories we Tell" and 5 story tones labeled "After that, then next first" against a wooden background

Blossom and Root Negative Reviews

Complaints I’ve heard from other homeschoolers are that it’s not as organized as they’d like (leading me to think that they want a scripted curriculum).

I’ve also heard families say that Blossom and Root’s content didn’t hold their child’s interests or didn’t work for their personality.

I recommend printing off the free downloads or buying one piece of the curriculum to see if it’s a good fit before purchasing an entire year’s worth of curriculum.

💡 Pro Tip: If you join a secular facebook group, many members will post their opinions about curriculum they are using. Just don’t get trapped into indecision! Go with your gut.

Blossom and Root has tons of positive reviews from homeschooling families. It works really well for our Neurodiverse household and I love the flexibility it offers me as a mom with ADHD.

No one curriculum product will work with every kind of learner or parent. If you’re looking for something scripted, strictly organized or with step-by-step parental guidance, then it may not be a good fit for you.

Book (The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig) with a kids' workbook and picture and three story telling stones

Oak Meadow Vs Blossom and Root

There are many similarities between Oak Meadow and Blossom and Root. Both are secular and both are at least partially influenced by the Waldorf method.

What’s the difference between Blossom and Root and Oak Meadow?

Oak Meadow offers all subjects including math and goes through high school; Blossom and Root’s curriculum goes through 5th grade and does not include math past Kindergarten.

Both companies offer secular homeschool curriculum for independent family use. Oak Meadow also offers an accredited distance learning program for an additional tuition fee.

You can see what’s included in a full bundle when you click here.

Blossom and Root vs The Good and the Beautiful

Right off the back, Blossom and Root cannot be compared equitably with The Good and the Beautiful because they are based on entirely different ideologies. Blossom and Root is secular, while The Good and the Beautiful is a Christian, specifically Mormon, curriculum.

Although Blossom and Root only goes up to 6th grade, The Good and Beautiful has materials through high school.

Although a Christian family might easily adapt Blossom and Root for their religious homeschool program by replacing recommended books that do not follow their belief system, it would be extremely difficult for a secular family to adapt The Good and the Beautiful for their program because Christian theology is embedded throughout all of the materials.


Does Blossom and Root include math?

Blossom and Root includes math, but only through kindergarten. Starting in first grade, you will need to source your own math curriculum when using Blossom and Root.

Does Blossom and Root teach phonics?

Blossom and Root does not explicitly teach phonics.

What curriculum is like Blossom and Root?

Blossom and Root is a very gentle, flexible curriculum that is similar to other Waldorf inspired products. Brave Writer is similar in nature to Blossom and Root.

Recap: Blossom and Root Curriculum

Blossom and Root offers preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 – 5. They also offer U.S. history and several Book Seed issues (STEM mini-units.)

The scope and sequence for each level is the best place to find a list of what is covered; however Blossom and Root does not design their materials to align with what public schools cover in each grade level.

All products are digital and upon purchase, you should see a prompt to download or view your files at the same time as you see your receipt.

Click here to check out Blossom and Root’s curriculum for your child.

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