Wondering How to Choose the Best Homeschool Curriculum? Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you make that family decision.
Homeschooling can be overwhelming in the beginning because of the huge selection of homeschool curriculum but you have to remember to breath. Take things slowly and don’t panic. You want to ensure that you’re covering your bases but you know that you won’t have the time or money to do everything single thing that you’ve fallen in love with. Now you’ll need to decide what is the best way to determine the best homeschool curriculum for your family.
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How to Choose the Best Homeschool Curriculum
There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to learning about homeschooling. You can easily find a few of the answers here to a lot of those questions.
Be certain that you take time and read through some of the most common questions that parents tend to have in regards to homeschooling. The thing about homeschooling is that you can read the answers to these questions while also using these to help guide during this time as well.
You’ll find a lot out after you start homeschooling your child as well – which will help guide you more towards your perfect homeschooling curriculum. Check out the questions and answers below.
Does it match your child’s learning style?
Once you’ve discovered your child’s learning style, it’s important to find the curriculum that will cater or teach to their strengths. If you found a great history curriculum with audio CDs, your visual learner might not be so excited about it. You’ll want to ensure that you’ve also incorporated drawing or other activities to make it more appealing to your visual learner.
The great part about homeschooling is that there are a ton of awesome learning activities for all types of learners. This is one of the biggest things that drew me in to homeschooling. My kids learn differently and I needed something for that.
Does it fit your budget?
A curriculum that requires you to save 3 month worth of savings for better be one awesome curriculum. If you’ve dished out money on the curriculum you’re not using or isn’t a right fit, it will leave a sour feeling in your homeschool if you force yourself to use it.
Make certain to take extra time here to do the research about the benefits and the costs. While there are free resources out there, there are some great ones that aren’t overly expensive as well.
Will your child love it?
They may not love everything you do in your homeschool but it’s a great idea to get your child involved in their homeschool planning. Ask them what topics they’d like to study and incorporate it into your school.
Their feedback will make the homeschooling process and transition so much easier to do! Take the time to ask them their thoughts and then make certain that you put those thoughts into action.
Does it align with your goals for the year?
Well yes, that awesome science curriculum is on sale but is that what you were planning to teach this year? Do you mind having it sit on the shelf for a year? What are your goals for your child for this year and what can you use to teach them? Is there a focus on literature or perhaps you’d like to teach more independence. Will this allow that to happen? Ask these questions to yourself as you are planning your child’s year.
I talked about having a mission statement for the year and this can really come in quite handy here! Knowing what your goals are as a homeschool parent and knowing what your daily mission is should be something important on your mind! Use this information as a way to understand exactly what you’re searching for.
Do you have time to use it?
Yes, I’d love to use all 3 of these wonderful studies but do you have enough time, you do need to sleep you know. You can plan all the best curriculum you’d like but there’s no use cramming it into a tight schedule because it will be tossed aside when time is limited.
I’ve created some curriculum research printables to help you keep track of your child’s curriculum for the year.
You’ll be amazing at how just a little bit of planning can easily go a long way! I love being able to use printables as a simple way to keep me organized. Since you’re part of the active lessons that are happening in the days, taking the time to plan them out is key!
Follow along in my 31 Days to a Better Planned Homeschool series.
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When you’re making the choice to homeschool, take your time and enjoy the process. This is a fun time in your life and a great way for the kids to get excited right along with you. They can easily help you research and find things about the program that they love and are looking forward to as well.
You can even use this as a way to work on their research skills so that they can present their findings to you in a way that helps you filter, process, and think.
More Homeschooling Resources
The life of a homeschooling parent seems to never be shut off so make certain that you check some of my other resources for homeschooling also. These are all perfect ways to learn about homeschooling, too.