Yes! Choosing the right homeschool curriculum is possible!
I am so happy to guest post again on TheyCallMeBlessed.org. It is the perfect time of year to share some tips on choosing the right homeschool curriculum for the upcoming school year.
While some homeschoolers stick with the same curriculum options year after year, most homeschoolers have learned that there is an art to choosing the right homeschool curriculum.
As our children learn and grow, their needs change. We often find that the curriculum option that worked last year may not be the ideal fit for the upcoming year. We also know that one curriculum may work well for one child, but not another child. Homeschoolers know that we must adjust as our children’s needs change.
Choosing the right homeschool curriculum can feel overwhelming. There are so many options to consider that you can easily get stuck researching for months before feeling prepared to make a decision. Even then, most homeschoolers still wonder if they really are choosing the right homeschool curriculum.
How do you know what curriculum will really work for your family?
When choosing the right homeschool curriculum, it is important to keep a few tips in mind:
1. Stay focused on your homeschooling goal.
Think about why you are homeschooling. Is it because you want your child to have a well-rounded education? Maybe it is because you want your religion or teaching philosophy to be embedded into your child’s learning.
When we stay focused on our homeschooling goal, then we can better focus on choosing the right homeschool curriculum options to support reaching our goal. Knowing our goal takes other options off the table, so we can spend time considering options that will help us reach our homeschooling goal.
2. Consider what will work for YOUR family.
Each family has a unique set of factors to consider – budget, learning styles, the time required to prepare and to teach, and more! These factors will change in different seasons of our lives, so we need to consider what our needs are at this time.
What if you find something you really like, but you know it won’t work for your family right now? Keep a running list of “Perhaps” options in your email, on Pinterest, or in your planner to give you options to consider in the future as your family’s needs change.
3. Ask your child how they like to learn AND what they want to study.
Asking your child about their learning preferences and interests is a priceless tool! Your child will give you valuable information that will guide you in choosing the right homeschool curriculum.
Families are having a lot of fun with 3 Best Questions to Ask Your Child about Homeschooling (Kid Interview) that I created. If you would like for me to send you the FREE printable Kid Interview Questions and Response sheet, just click here to tell me where to email it to you.
There is a delicate balance of time, energy, and budget when it comes to choosing the right homeschool curriculum. That is why I created Choosing the Right Curriculum video series. I want to make sure you don’t waste time and money on resources that won’t work for your family before you buy.
These 7 short videos and handouts show you the exact system I use for choosing the right homeschool curriculum. I keep it simple with action sheets so you can customize the system for each age, subject, or situation your family has!
Easy, peasy, right?
It is on sale for $12, so be sure to grab it before you attend conferences and start shopping for your curriculum. Come watch the Choosing the Right Curriculum video series to focus on what curriculum will work for your family!
Watch my live interview with Amy Michels on How To Choose the Right Homeschool Curriculum here:
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Ana is the unhurried homeschool mom of 3, wife, health coach, social media and online marketing strategist, and blogger. She loves to encourage, inspire and empower moms to go from stressed to blessed by providing them with the tips, strategies, and resources they need to succeed. Ana is the founder of They Call Me Blessed and the creator of 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years, Grow Your Blog Partying in 30 Days, and the Beyond Blessed Life Planners. She leads a vibrant online community for moms on Facebook and you can connect with her at www.facebook.com/theycallmeblessedblog.