Today I want to talk to you about curriculum. Don’t start panicking yet. I know that just mentioning curriculum can cause anxiety and sweats! I want to help ease that a bit.
Curriculum doesn’t have to be a big scary word. In fact, choosing curriculum could and should be one of the most fun things you get to do in your homeschooling adventure. It is the one thing that you have some control over.
First, make sure you know and understand the laws in your state regarding what your children are to be learning and when. Some states are very strict about what is being taught while others are more laid back. Having a solid understanding of your laws will really help you better determine what will work for your family.
Now that you know the laws lets talk about your child(ren). How do they like to learn? Are they visual? Are they self starters? Are they independent learners? Do your children require more attention and guidance? Knowing these things will be a big help. From here you can decide if online learning or text book learning would be best for your family.
Don’t forget to take yourself into consideration. Don’t buy a heavy literature based curriculum if you do not enjoy reading aloud. Don’t purchase hands on curriculum if you cannot stand having a mess in your kitchen. Make sure that your curriculum not only suits your childrens’ learning style but also your teaching style. If you don’t have the desire to teach it, it won’t get taught. (Ask me how I know!)
SHOP! This is the fun part. Now that you have a better understanding of your needs and your child’s needs you can start shopping for curriculum that will work for you both. I highly recommend seeing if you can get samples from the items you are considering and testing them with your children to make sure it is a good fit before you lay down your funds.
Remember, curriculum is not a one size fits all. It is a very personal choice and one that you have to make for your family. If something isn’t working set it to the side and try something else. You can always pick it up again (or not). Don’t forget that we offer several great homeschool printable packs, to help supplement your learning, right here on The Multi Taskin’ Mom!
Here are some of our favorites. They may or may not work for you in your season of life, but check them out…
Christian Kids Explore Biology by Bright Ideas Press
Mystery of History by Bright Ideas Press
Grab this great book to get some great reviews on homeschool curriculum:102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum