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Going all in on a homeschooling curriculum with the chance that it might not work out can cause a lot of anxiety. No parent wants to pay for an expensive curriculum that will not benefit their child. However, there are a lot of fantastic homeschool curricula out there. You just need to do your homework.
Here are a couple of tips that will hopefully help you to find a homeschool course of study that’s going to work well for you and your family.
Know your kids and know yourself
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Knowing your child is essential in figuring out which curriculum to choose. However, more than knowing your kids, you also have to know yourself too. Can you put in the work needed for that particular curriculum, or do you want to have a more hands-off approach?
This is especially important if you have multiple children. Will you be actively participating in their studies, or would you prefer to just hand them a workbook and have them do the work on their own?
Answering these questions will help you in figuring out which curriculum or curricula are the best for your family.
Choose an educational philosophy that you can relate to
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Adhering to a particular educational philosophy is important in finding the right curriculum. Here are some philosophical perspectives in education. Choose a philosophy that you resonate with. Doing this will help you narrow down your search.
When you do happen to stumble upon an interesting curriculum, evaluate it the same way you would with a philosophy. Listen to your intuition. Do you like it? Does it fall in line with your personal beliefs? If it does, go for it.
Start with a curriculum that you already know
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You can start with what you know or something that you may have heard from your friends or relatives. For example, if you’ve heard wonderful things about Charlotte Mason Homeschool Curriculums, try it out and see if they actually work for you. However, if in your research you find some obvious problems with it or if there’s something that doesn’t sit well with you, skip it and continue searching for the right one.
Use a computer algorithm
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If you’re really having a hard time making a decision, you may want to consider reading this book, “Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions”. It teaches you how to apply computer algorithms in your everyday decision making, not just choosing the right homeschooling curriculum. It’s a fascinating book that really helps in taking some of the worries out of the decision-making process which sometimes can be the biggest hurdle in any undertaking.
Types of Homeschooling Curricula
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There are two main types of curricula that you can choose from. The first type of homeschooling curriculum is the all-in-one complete boxed curriculum. It will have everything you need for a specific grade. Educents has an awesome collection of all-in-one homeschooling curricula from 1st grade to college.
While this may be an easy choice, some of the subjects included in a boxed curriculum may not be best for your family’s needs. Do your research, and if that’s the case, you can just pick and choose a curriculum that you like. This works really well for some people, i.e. if they like a specific Math curriculum to go with another favorite History curriculum.
Why a homeschooling curriculum may not work for you
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There are a lot of factors that may hinder any homeschooling curriculum from working for you and your family. While sometimes it really can be because of the curriculum not being a good fit, oftentimes, it can either be your child or yourself or some other factor that can prevent a curriculum from working.
If a curriculum doesn’t work, it may not be that the curriculum wasn’t right, it just may not be the right time for your kids. Your child may not be old enough for it, or maybe he was too old. Observe your kids so you can get the ideal age-appropriate curriculum for them.
Also, give it a full go before you can conclude that it really isn’t a good fit. Have the positive energy and enthusiasm to go through the curriculum. Give it a fair shot and ask for assistance from the makers of the curriculum if you need more help with it.
Suppose you do find that perfect one and everything is just awesome. You enjoy it as much as your child, but then it totally doesn’t work for child number two. Should you toss it and try a new curriculum? Or do you make your child fit into it? That’s a decision that will naturally present itself as you go through the process. Sometimes, you can alter the syllabus to fit your child, but other times, you just have to drop it entirely and find a new one.Finding the right homeschooling curriculum for your family can be easy. Here are some tips. #homeschooling #homeschool #STEM Click To Tweet
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Try to find a homeschooling curriculum or curricula that excites you and resonates with you. If you don’t, you won’t dedicate the kind of energy and enthusiasm needed for you to get the results that you want. Your enthusiasm is an important part of your child’s academic progression. It has a huge effect on your child’s ability to get the most out of a curriculum.
You may also want to check out Pepper and Pine’s curriculum videos on her YouTube channel where she’s reviewed a lot of homeschooling curricula such as Oak Meadow, Live Education, Waldorf Essentials and many more. Her reviews will surely help you in finding the right homeschooling courses for you and your family.
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