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Homeschool Curriculum - How to Find the Best Curriculum for You

When it comes to teaching your children, you want them to have the best and the most updated knowledge around. This doesn’t change when you move from traditional education to a homeschooled education. Here is a step-by-step process that can help you to find the homeschool curriculum that will work best for you and your child.

The Decision to Homeschool

It’s not a decision that many parents take lightly. For whatever reason, there is a need to make a change. One thing that all parents need to know is that where once everything was done for you by the school system, you are now the system. That means more details that need to be taken care of besides just teaching.

So, if you are ready for the challenge of homeschooling your children, here are a few steps to make the process a bit more manageable. First, note that the earlier you can begin this process in advance of the coming school year, the better.

Choosing the Most Appropriate Homeschool Curriculum

  1. Length of time homeschooling - How long will you be homeschooling your children? If this is a temporary situation because you are traveling or because your child needs to stay home, that may influence the type of curriculum you choose. The same goes if you want to make homeschooling a permanent choice for your children through high school. Always check to see if there are any legal issues that need to be handled regarding your choice to homeschool.
  2. Faith and school - Many homeschooling parents do so because they want to include their faith in their child's education. While there are plenty of homeschool curricula that are told from a secular point of view, there are just as many that are developed for Christian homeschooling families. Determine how much of a role you want your faith to play.
  3. What are your educational beliefs? - Decide how your homeschool classroom will be run? Will you teach your kids? Would you like to have total control over their learning environment or do you want support from a professional educator?
  4. How does your child learn best? - This is one factor that will determine a lot. If you child is a more visual learner, choosing textbooks with no pictures won't provide what you need. On the other hand, an online program that includes lots of visual activities might peak their interest more.
  5. Sample a variety of homeschool programs - Many programs allow you to try a sample for free. Use this to see what they offer before you buy. Look at complete curricula and also single subject ones.
  6. Choose a curriculum - Note that you don't have to buy all of your materials from one company. You can mix and match with subjects and electives as you see fit. Eclectic homeschooling has advantages including accommodating students with different learning styles.

Be sure and bookmark this site, and check back frequently as we're continually adding curriculum and product reviews along with other resources to help save you time and money. While we haven't used every curriculum/product that we've reviewed in our own homeschool, we try to obtain a copy for review purposes. You can also sign up for our Newsletter so you don't miss a thing and receive a free homeschooling report. Just complete the form in the right column.

Education is important. As a homeschooling parent, your choices are not set in stone. If something is not working, adapt it or choose another material for your child.

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