Choosing a homeschool curriculum can be a long and hard process. We’ve got a few tips to hopefully make that process a little easier for you. Check them out:
Remember why you’re doing this: While you search for the best curriculum for your family, don’t forget why you’re doing this in the first place. What made you decide to homeschool? What do you want your family to get out of homeschooling? Keep these questions in mind while you go through different curriculums and eliminate the ones that aren’t suited to your goals.
How will you teach?: Another big part of this process will be choosing a teaching method. Whether you’re going for Charlotte Mason or traditional-style teaching, your choice will help you narrow down curriculums based on what will work best with your teaching method.
Be mindful of finances: Some curriculums are more expensive than others, that’s obvious. What’s not obvious is what your family is willing or capable of spending on a curriculum. The key here is simply do what is best for your family, and cut out the curriculums that just don’t fit into your budget. Even if you have a tight budget, there are tons of free and used resources out there.
Learning styles: This is a factor you’ll definitely want to keep in mind as you search for a curriculum to use. How does your child learn best? Or if you have multiple children, which curriculum is going to be best suited to accommodate all of them? Do each of your children require a different curriculum?
What are you teaching: Before you get started, you might want to write down all of the subjects you want to teach. Beyond the usual English, math, and such, what do you think your child should learn? Art, music, a foreign language? These might require separate curriculums, so it’s best to keep a prioritized list of non-basic subjects.
Read reviews: What are other homeschool parents saying about a curriculum? If they like it, what are their reasons for liking it, and do those reasons apply to your family? If they don’t like it, carefully assess those reasons too. Just because a curriculum didn’t work for one family doesn’t mean it won’t work for yours. The same goes for the other way around.
Make sure you like it: If you get to the end of this process and are left with one curriculum that doesn’t particularly excite you or that you don’t really like, don’t settle for it! Go back through your lists and your priorities until you find a curriculum that is just right for your family!
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