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.
How to Choose the Best Homeschool Curriculum
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Homeschool Planning for the Unorganized Mom eBook is on sale until August 18th, if you need your hand held with actionable tasks and printables to guide you.