Hey Homeschool Mommas,
If you’ve even thought about homeschooling, you’ve been overwhelmed with the plethora of curricula choices that exist. You walk through a homeschool convention and try not to hyperventilate. How on earth will you ever choose? You might ask your friends what they use and recommend. Others will ask online forums for advice on the best homeschool curricula available. But the start of your homeschool year is approaching and it’s time to make some decisions. What do you do?
Here are a few simple steps to help you choose your curricula:
- Expel the myth – First you have to understand that there is no single “best” curricula on the market. There is a wide variety of wonderful choices. What a friend thinks is best might not be the best fit for your family. So, don’t use those terms and don’t ask the question. There are many routes to take in the curricula journey and many of them will end with a well-rounded homeschool graduate. So, know that there is not one curricula that is perfect, the best, the most wonderful, and the only choice.
- Evaluate learning styles – You need to think about your little students. Do they like to read? Would they rather do projects? Do they prefer writing? Do they learn through listening to stories and read alouds? Would they rather use lots of colorful visuals? What do they enjoy? Think about what excites your students and choose curricula that contains components that will speak to your students’ learning styles.
- Think about end goals – Also evaluate the goals for your homeschool. Is it your goal to teach Latin? Do you have a goal to read all of the great classics? Is your goal to focus more on science and do daily experiments? Do you want to teach Biblical values in your homeschool? Think about what is important to you for your children’s education and write those thoughts down. Then choose curricula that will guide you on your way to achieving those goals.
- Check your budget – No, you don’t have to break the bank when you homeschool. It’s a good idea to have a budget before you start your curricula shopping. Some of the resources can add up quickly. As you do some shopping make sure you glance back at your budget and evaluate what you’re choosing to make sure it lines up with your goals. Focus on the core subjects first and then add in the cost of the extras like the arts and languages.
- Choose your favorite – Yes, I just gave you the green light to pick what you like best. What I’ve found in my journey is that if I choose something that I’m not really excited about using, it sits on my shelf or I think of reasons why I don’t really need it anymore. When I choose a curricula that appeals to me and my teaching style, I can easily modify it to fit the learning style of each of my children. I also approach that subject with enthusiasm and my kids catch the excitement. It’s ok, really. You can choose what looks amazingly exciting and interesting to you.
I usually start my curriculum research in February. I like to plan ahead! I spend months looking through catalogs, glancing through sample pages, reading online reviews, and talking to others who have used the particular curricula that has caught my eye. I try to get a clear picture of what a daily lesson looks like and see how it fits into our homeschool style.
I start my purchasing in the summer before our homeschool year so I have time to go through all the books before our school year starts in September.
While choosing curricula can be stressful, I’ve found that looking through all the options can be fun. When I find an amazing curricula that my family loves, it’s rewarding to know that the hours I spent doing curricula research has paid off!
Tess @ Circling Through This Life
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler
Lexi @ Lextin Academy
Karen @ My Harbor Lights
Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Back to Homeschool Giveaway
I’m participating on a wonderful giveaway through the Schoolhouse Review Crew! Check out all the wonderful prizes and be sure to enter below!
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew have joined forces during our August Back to Homeschool Blog Hop to bring you these incredible giveaways, totally more than $1300 in homeschool curriculum and Paypal cash!
Grand Prize Giveaway
In the Grand Prize Giveaway, someone will win $765 in curriculum, plus $150 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product. From Home School Adventure Co. — Philosophy Adventure–Pre-Socratics and Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal (digital editions) From Diana Waring Presents –Experience History Through Music From Writing with Sharon Watson – The Power in Your Hands: Writing NonFiction in High School and Writing Fiction [in High School] From Homeschool Legacy — Westward Ho I & Westward Ho II Once-a-Week Unit Studies From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine — One-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com From Shining Dawn Books — Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Bundle (Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, Loving Living Math, Grammar Packets, and Creative Nature Walks) From Memoria Press — Latina Christiana I Set From Excelerate Spanish — Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6 From WriteShop — Winner’s Choice of WriteShop Primary Book A, B, or C (Teacher’s Guide + Activity Pack) From New Millennium Girl Books — Isabel Writing Bundle From Write Bonnie Rose — Asia: It’s People and History From Home School in the Woods — Project Passport: The Middle Ages From NotebookingPages.com — Lifetime Treasury Membership From Victus Study Skills System — Victus Study Skills Student Workbook & Teacher Edition Bundle From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $150 Paypal Cash
2nd Prize Giveaway
In the 2nd Prize Giveaway, someone will win $325 in curriculum, plus $100 in Paypal cash to help you finish up your homeschool shopping! You could win all of the following. Please click on the prize links to learn more about each product. From Home School Adventure Co. — Philippians in 28 Weeks, The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Question, and The Wise Woman Print Set (digital editions) From Writing with Sharon Watson — Jump In: a workbook for reluctant and eager writers From Home School in the Woods — K-2 Lap-Pak: Knights From Write Bonnie Rose — Printables Bundle (Writing Prompts About Space Bonus Pack; Revolutionary War Activities: Patriotic Copywork; Revolutionary War Activities for Kids: Puzzles, Games, and Quizzes; Praying Through the Produce Aisle; Summer Olympics and Paralympics Unit Study) From Excelerate Spanish — Excelerate SPANISH DVD Lessons 1-6 From Memoria Press — Prima Latina Text Set From New Millennium Girl Books — Callie’s Contest of Courage Mid grade novel and Callie’s Contest of Courage Literature Guide From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine — One-Year Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com From the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers — $100 Paypal Cash