Months before we started our first year of homeschooling I was completely overwhelmed by the incredible amount of choices in homeschool curriculum. It wasn’t just that were was tons to choose from, but also that there were so many different styles and philosophies. I was drowning in catalogs, and I doubted if I had heard the call to homeschool at this point.
Today we’ll discuss how to choose the right homeschool curriculum for your family.
The homeschool group I joined had a course of study form, that listed several categories and subjects. Since I was so worried I would not do enough, I tried to do too much and purchased curriculum for every single category. For weeks, the deliveries of homeschool curriculum came on a daily basis, I’m afraid to even think of how much we spent that first year.
Because I wasn’t sure how my kids learned (visual, auditory, reading/writing & kinesthetic) I just purchased anything that had the highest star rating in every category. What’s worse I purchased the exact same book (just different grade level) for all six kids.
Just a three weeks into the school year, I realized we would not use at least 70% of what we had purchased. Just because XYZ curriculum worked for X number of people, it didn’t mean it was the best fit for my kids, and it certainly may not be the right fit for yours. Later that year, I learned that there are even different types of intelligences!
The bottom line, is that there is no secret formula for choosing curriculum. Every child is different, and every homeschool teacher is different. The beauty of homeschooling is that we can tailor education according to each of our kids interests. We don’t need to take the one size fits all approach I took our first year.
So instead of telling you how to chose, I’ve compiled a list of resources that helped me figure out what best fit our family lifestyle and multiple learning styles.
Define what type of homeschooler you are:
- Five Different Approaches to Homeschooling
- What Kid of Homeschooler are You?
- The Different Ways to Homeschool
- Ten Types of Homeschoolers (This one is just for fun!)
Make a homeschool mission statement:
- Why Homeschool? Make a Homeschool Mission Statement
- The Power of Creating a Homeschool Mission Statement for Your Family
- Our Family Mission Statement 2012 (Confessions Of A Homeschooler)
Choose curriculum that compliments your childs learning style:
- How To Homeschool: Choosing Curriculum
- Know Your Students – Identify Their Personal Learning Styles
- Learning Styles Quiz
Before choosing curriculum, and spending lots of that hard earned cash:
- Pray for guidance
- Get to know your kids
- Ask them how and what they’d like to learn
If you’re interested in our homeschooling approach and curriculum for the coming year, check out my guest post on They Call Me Blessed. While you’re there, check out the 30 Ways We Homeschool series, for a glimpse into the approaches, routines and curriculum selections for 30 very different homeschool families.
How do you choose your homeschool curriculum?