Selecting homeschool curriculum can be a daunting task. There are so many different styles, publishers, and resources available it’s almost too much! As a new homeschool mom, I remember being completely overwhelmed when I had to take those first steps in selecting a curriculum for my child. I drove myself crazy with worry over the choices.
If you’re pulling your hair out looking through homeschool curriculum catalogs, take and deep breathe and consider these simple tips for finding what works best for your family.
5 Simple Tips for Finding the Right Homeschool Curriculum
1. Get to know your child’s learning style.
Every child learns differently. Spend some time experimenting with a few different activities that introduce your child to differing styles of learning. What style seems to spark interest and learning the most? Look into choices that are focused on the styles your child will thrive in.
2. Keep what works and toss what doesn’t.
It’s always OK to make changes to your curriculum! Sometimes we feel the pressure to finish what we started, but that’s the beauty of homeschool. Nobody says we have to keep using something that just isn’t working and your child isn’t going to suffer if you switch a few things up here and there. In fact, if you’re feeling burnt out on your current choices, your child will welcome the change!
3. Don’t fix what isn’t broken.
On the flip side, keep what is working. It seems like every spring I get all these shiny catalogs in the mail filled with curriculum that looks more fun than what I’m pushing through to finish. I get all excited to buy new stuff before our current year is even over, but then I realize I don’t need anything new. Don’t make extra work for yourself. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
4. Focus on what’s best for your family/child, not what’s popular.
Everyone has an opinion, a style, and a preference. While it’s great to get feedback from other homeschooling parents, remember they are not you. After you’ve gathered information from trusted friends and fellow homeschoolers, take time to reflect and pray over your own needs and the needs of your child. Eliminate any choices that you might be making to please others, fit in with the group, or keep up with the latest homeschool trends.
5. Consider your needs as the teacher.
Don’t forget to take your own needs into consideration. Are you a free spirit or do you need structure as a teacher? Be sure to take a good look at the teacher’s manuals and lesson guides of the curriculum you’re considering. You may love the choice for your children, but hate the way the lesson plans are set up for the teacher. How you feel about the choice is just as important as how your children will like it.
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