{Hey Girl Homeschool Guide} Choosing Curricula for Your Homeschool

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!

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0 thoughts on “{Hey Girl Homeschool Guide} Choosing Curricula for Your Homeschool

  1. I got a late start this year, and I'm still not too sure about the math we've decided to go with. Oh well, good thing is, we can change if something isn't working 😉

  2. I am going into my 8th year of homeschooling. With all the changes taking place with our curriculum, activities, and other things this year, my goal is to find some stability and find what works for us all while giving my children a firm educational foundation with a Biblical worldview. I have never made THIS many changes in one year, so I'm a little nervous, but I know God will lead 😉

  3. Because I've been on the crew for so long I tend to start with making my goals and then checking to see what I have that meets those goals. I've purchased very little curriculum in the past two years. I like your steps. They match what I did before I joined the crew 😀

  4. Great tips and steps that provide a good dose of encouragement. I love your last tip – it is okay to pick something that appeals to me. Being on the crew has been helpful for me but we still bought several things this year because it appealed to me and my husband. Knowing we loved it, we knew the girls would enjoy it more and learn more. – Lori H

  5. This will be my third year to homeschool! My goal is to make our year of geography (using MFW Exploring Countries and Cultures) fun…I have always been terrible at geography!

  6. I'v just entered my 2nd yr of homeschooling in New Zealand. I'm amazed at the tremendous variety of prepared curricula available in the US. There are a few things here but we rely mostly on our public library for ideas.
    Our goals for this year centre mostly around our schedule(not timetable) because the children feel more secure when they know whats happening. Also my personal goal is to NOT PANIC! Everything Will be okay,we all have off days and just reflect on how much closer my families now that we spend the majority of our time together.

  7. You're right! It will be ok. And I agree on the schedule-my kids appreciate having a predictable routine.
    Yes, there are lots of curricula choices here. it can make deciding very overwhelming though!

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