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Should You Buy Homeschool Books Or Make Your Own?

Mar 27, 2008
Many people think they have to spend a lot of money just to get worthwhile homeschool books and homeschool curriculum, but that isn't so. Just by researching on your own, you can locate plenty of resources to help you custom-make your own curriculum without losing all your money.

It is my opinion that it's better to build your own curriculum, because then you can readily make changes and adapt lessons to suit your child's needs. If you discover at the last minute that something works better for both you and your child, you can include it easily.

Choosing literature selections for the semester is one of the first things we do as a family. We make a goal to finish five to seven books per semester. When it comes to spelling or vocabulary, we don't need to buy specialized homeschool books; we just use the literature we already have.

Just as an example, my kids will keep notebooks where they write down words and definitions they're working on. These same words will be their spelling words for the following week.

When we do history lessons, we study the time period of the classic literature we've been reading. Similarly, science lessons become an extension of the literature study when we review scientific discoveries of the period.

Formatting our homeschooling this way always leads to some wonderful discussions at mealtime.

When you approach learning this way, you have the flexibility to make adjustments according to your child's interest: You can study a work of literature in-depth, or you can just cover the basic facts. Unlike the hard rules of homeschool books, you can freely make changes when you create your own curriculum.

One thing we do use regular homeschool books is for math. However, we try to turn the standard math worksheets into something more interesting that will help the children incorporate the math skills into everyday life. For example, when we work on fractions, we do a lot of cooking.

One of the key factors to creating your own curriculum is to understand your child's interests and needs. Creating your own curriculum can help your child in ways that a public education couldn't.

You don't have to fork out a lot of money on homeschool books. You can work around great literature to fit your family's needs.
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