It’s no wonder why so many parents come into the convention exhibit hall with the “deer in the headlights” look. Choosing a homeschool curriculum is overwhelming. Seriously…even for those of us who have been homeschooling for many years.
There are so many choices and so many methods. There are so many various learning styles and interests of our children. It’s no wonder the task of selecting homeschool curriculum is so daunting.
Take heart, my friends. There are so many GREAT options out there and it’s easier than you think to pick the right one.
I know you are shaking your head in wonder. If there are so many GREAT options out there…why is it that so many parents barely get to Thanksgiving before they start longingly watching that yellow bus drive by? Why do so many choose the wrong one curriculum?
The answer lies in our reasoning.
Most homeschool parents choose curriculum for a variety of reasons:
-their child’s desire or learning style
-their friends use it
-the co-op recommends it
Every single one of those reasons are good reasons, but alone…they may leave you frustrated.
Have you considered that perhaps the most important factor in this equation is you? Yes, you. As a homeschool parent, if the curriculum you buy gives you hives, do you really think the year will be successful? On the flip side, if the curriculum makes you comfortable and gives you confidence as the teacher don’t you think your homeschool will thrive?
It’s really that simple.
Not the crafty type? Don’t buy that hands-on unit study kit. Yes, it works wonders with others and your kids may love it. But, if you can’t love it…it’s likely to stay in the box. Or worse, you’ll decide that homeschooling isn’t for your family and march down to enroll them in school. To be fair here….the only thing in this case that isn’t for your family is that hands-on unit study kit.
New to homeschooling and uncomfortable making educational decisions? There may be plenty of great options that your friends use, but you will flounder without the guidance that you need and self-doubt will drive you to throw in the towel faster than anything else. You may want to buy a curriculum that has a scripted parent portion or a detailed lesson plan to help you feel comfortable. If this doesn’t describe you, perhaps you will enjoy a unit study or a variety of curriculum pieces.
Perhaps the one thing that most people don’t realize is that there is not one single curriculum that will ensure success in your family. Gasp. I know. Everyone thinks there is. We treat it like there is some “holy grail” of curriculum and desperately search through the caves to find it. Don’t miss this—-> there is no ONE SIZE FITS ALL curriculum.
No one curriculum will meet every family or student’s needs. The perfect curriculum for your family is the one that meets your needs. I promise. Your students will not succeed just because you chose to use what your best friend has used to successfully homeschool 12 kids.
The first step to homeschool bliss is choosing the best curriculum for YOU!
Kim Sorgius is our resident curriculum specialist and Marketplace director. She holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development and Learning from the University of South Florida. After teaching K-2 for 8 years, she traded in her classroom desk to homeschool her 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys). In the last 9 years, Kim has attended homeschool conventions across the country, evaluated curriculum/students for progress, and of course educated her own children. She will be onsite at all Marketplace events to share her extensive knowledge of homeschool curriculum with you.