Choosing a curriculum that suits your student's needs can be stressful. Below are some recommendations on what to consider when exploring curriculums for your student.
The first thing to consider when organizing a curriculum is what your values are as a family. Because schooling can contribute to over 50% of your week, you want the curriculum to complement the values your family holds. Is it time and flexibility? Spending time together? Teaching your children about faith? All these things and more are critical when determining a curriculum to use. Remember your values as a family should determine the curriculum, not the other way around. Below are some useful factors to consider.
Is the curriculum independent or teacher lead? Make sure you have a blend of styles so that you are not overwhelmed with highly intensive teaching types of curriculum. Having a nice mix of these allows you to direct one student to do something more independent while working one-on-one with another student at the same time. It also teaches your child to learn to work independently as well.
What is your budget? If cost is a factor for your family, as it is in most, make sure that the curriculum you choose is in line with your budget. Don’t get swept into thinking that expensive = better. There are numerous budgetary options when homeschooling, and there are even websites dedicated to homeschooling for free.
What teaching methods are you interested in? As I mentioned previously, there are several different teaching styles as well, and I’m a firm believer that your teaching style is just as important as your student’s learning style.
How does your student learn? While each person is unique in their preferred learning style, I prefer to pick a curriculum that will appeal to all of these styles together to create a more well-rounded learning environment.
Choose a curriculum you’ll actually use! Remember, a curriculum might look great, but if it takes up too much time and energy on your part, you’ll soon find yourself procrastinating by putting off the lessons. There will always be new curriculum to try, and a thousand different philosophies on teaching. Choose what feels comfortable to you and fits your needs.
Interested in learning more about curriculums for your student? Check out some additional resources below!
the homeschool mom
TheHomeSchoolMom.com is an excellent resource for anyone looking for advice on curriculums. It was founded over twenty years ago by homeschooler Mary Ann Kelley and is one of the most popular homeschooling websites in the United States. Mary Ann was fortunate to connect with thoughtful, insightful, and talented homeschool veterans over her years of homeschooling who consider TheHomeSchoolMom to be a worthy place to publish their valuable homeschooling information and encouragement.