So, you have decided to start or continue homeschooling for the upcoming school year. That is fantastic!
If you are reading this, you may be in the stage of deciding how and what you will teach your scholar. Most homeschool educators have experienced the same struggle…choosing a homeschool curriculum. It can be so overwhelming!
But here is the good news: I have refined a method for choosing a homeschool curriculum (through my struggles), and I will share what I have learned to make things easier for you!
Keep reading to the end…I have included a Free Homeschool Checklist that can be used when selecting your curriculum!
Here are 5 ways to tell if a curriculum choice may be right for your family!
(Note–Everything starts with an “F.” There is no rhyme or reason for that, but it just works!)
Have you ever gone shopping and grabbed a pair of jeans from the rack, tried them on, and realized that they fit you like a glove?
A good homeschool curriculum should do the same thing. If a curriculum requires that you make multiple alterations to be a good fit for your family, it may be a good idea to keep searching. It’s okay to add material to enhance learning from time to time, but you should not re-create the entire curriculum to make it work.
Learning should be fun! If you have already started homeschooling and school time is frequently a time of frustration, the curriculum may be the culprit. If you are bored while reading the content in the curriculum, maybe your scholar will be bored too! Choose an enlightening and engaging curriculum that encourages your scholar to want to learn more.
When reviewing the curriculum, does it make you feel like something is missing?
Have you ever anticipated a movie that you thought would be amazing? Then, excitedly, you arrive at the theater, grab some snacks, and get settled in your seat. Throughout the movie, you keep hoping for more, but it never happens. After the movie, you leave feeling letdown and like you wasted your time and money.
Whatever material you choose to educate your children should not cause you to feel that way!
The curriculum should be accurate. Unfortunately, many history curriculums fall short of this goal. Some things in the past (and present) are not pretty; however, that does not give a curriculum provider permission to omit facts, skew findings, or avoid discussion. The curriculum should be honest and accurate–no matter what!
” Do you have time, energy, or skill to make the best of the curriculum? “
For example, if the chosen books require extensive reading and you have a struggling reader, do you have the patience to tailor the curriculum to work for your scholar? On the other hand, what would happen if the math curriculum moves slowly and you have an advanced math student. Would you be okay with moving quicker or supplementing learning?
Here’s another thing to consider. Some curriculum (ex. science) may require the purchase of many supplies to use correctly. But if you are shopping on a limited budget, this type of curriculum may not be a good fit.
Remember, even a curriculum with glowing reviews may not be the best choice for your family. And that is perfectly okay. Your homeschool is not like any other homeschool. Do what works best for you and remember, if you can not find a complete curriculum that works for your family, it is okay to piece together content or find ways to get the experience you desire for your family’s homeschool.
When choosing your scholar’s curriculum, check for the 5 F’s:
4. Falsehoods Omitted
Get your Free Homeschool Curriculum Checklist here.
What you teach your scholar is important, and so is what you feed your scholar. Check out our post, “9 Homeschool Superfoods to Give Your Scholar a Healthy Boost.”