Have you been home schooling for a year or two and worried about your results? Have you been wondering if you (gasp!) bought the wrong curriculum? Have you wished someone, who was NOT a salesperson, would explain all the curriculum choices to you in an unbiased way? Are you ready for THE TRUTH about curriculum?
At this time of year, every mom wonders about her success. She is not failing. She may even have forever decided which curriculum is best for her home.
Still, she wonders. Am I right? Am I just stubborn? Could our school be better? Is this a good time to switch?
I have tried all the types and have loved them all. Each type is just right for a particular set of circumstances and each type we will discuss is good. I will not tell you to use what I use, because what works for me might sour your homeschool.
Also, do not forget you may have the perfect curriculum for your children. God can show you what is best for you.
The following days will discuss aspects of typical curriculum and should help you as you try to figure out whether or not you need to start with something new. It should clear your mind so you can think more like a pro. As you read the coming descriptions, I hope you will be able to see yourself, your children, and your situation clearly.
You may decide to stay put, but you’ll know you were right in the first place. However, if you see you need to move on, it can be with renewed confidence.
Please note: this thread will not include the name of every curriculum company out there. I am glad home scholars number over two million. Such a large people group, the largest school district in the country, commands a large market. This means, though, it would be impossible to know all the good resources, let alone list all the possibilities. Therefore, I will list the oldest and easiest to find, to give you some idea of what each category is like.
The shopping is still up to you. Go to home school conventions. Go to book sales, even used book sales. Go to curriculum shows. Ask around at your support group.
Before we go any further let me say, “All good curriculum is good. The tried and true providers are tried and true.” Every question in this decision has to do with three factors:
- What is your teaching style?
- What are your children’s learning styles?
- What is your home’s style?
So think about those three until tomorrow, then get back with us, here, and we’ll start with tradition and move to the space age! If you cannot understand something on this topic, ask in the comment box. I am happy to help home schoolers keep going. Most of all, pray. God knows what you need and He knows how to show you what it is.