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What to Look for in a Homeschool Curriculum

Mar 12, 2008
If you have attended a homeschooling convention to choose your homeschool curriculum you may have come away feeling refreshed about the many possibilities that are on the market.

Or maybe you came away feeling overwhelmed and more lost than you were previous to attending.

You might be the kind of parent who enjoys picking and choosing what you see in catalogs. Maybe you prefer to make your purchases over the phone, by mail, or through the internet. Perhaps you'd rather contact the salesperson first instead of waiting for them to get in touch with you.

Or maybe you're a parent who prefers surfing the web to find the resources you want and need.

Regardless of how you shop for your homeschool curriculum online, through a catalog, or at a homeschool convention, here are some important suggestions to consider when making your choices:

* Know your children's strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This will help you determine some of the materials you should get. You shouldn't only augment your child's strengths, but find a variety of resources that will also help turn weaknesses into strengths.

* Understand what your family is about. Are you a religious family? Do you have special needs children? Maybe you would like to travel more. When choosing a homeschool cirriculum, it is essential that you take these factors into account.

* How does your child learn? Knowing your child's learning styles are an important consideration when making curriculum choices. Is your child a visual, auditory, or hands-on learner?

* What are your family's long-term goals? Does your child have goals for him/herself? If you and your child have a goal for him/her to run their own business, you should look for resources to help you accomplish this.

* Cost of materials is an important factor. Some homeschooling families feel okay about photocopying material, or "borrowing" curriculum. Personally, I feel it is not fair. This doesn't mean that the curriculum you choose has to be expensive or make your broke. If you plan in advance, you will be able to budget in the costs.

* Is there a homeschooling philosophy that appeals to you? There are plenty of homeschool cirriculum philosophies. There are some that are literature-based, textbook, unit studies, accelerated, unschooling, Classical, and Christian.

* How much time can you spare? If you have several children and you also work part-time, this is very important to consider. When buying curriculum, you have to think about the time you'll be putting into this as well as your child's activities and co-op classes.

Before making any firm decision on homeschool curriculum, it is important to pray for guidance and discuss it with your spouse.
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