Home Schooling Curriculum Key Points
Apr 27, 2012 Home Schooling
It is important to realize that there are no perfect curriculum out there. You will have to go through a period of trial and error until you find one that seems to work the best for you. In fact, most people do go through a period of time where they are switching from one curriculum to another, because they are unsure which is the better fit for the child and for the parent. But, it is important to avoid too many switches. If something is really wrong or not working, do look elsewhere. But, for the most part, unless there is some specific reason, you should stick with the program you have selected. This will give your student the best opportunity to learn because of the continuity.
Also, do not feel like you have to purchase the most expensive products on the market. You do not have to spend a lot of money to get a high quality curriculum for your home schooling. Rather, what you may want to focus on is choosing a program that you can really get behind and believe in. There are excellent sources for information and planning.
- Visit the local library: you will find books to teach just about every topic that you want to cover there.
- Use the local historical society for history lessons and educational information for social studies and sciences.
- Do not overlook museums who work for many aspects of education from science to history to art and health.
Many of these organizations have programs for home schooling parents, too, which means they will work hand in hand with you to meet your child's specific goals and needs.
Also, do not turn away older curriculums that you may be given by other parents or from associations you begin to be part of. The fact is, curriculums that were used last year or the year before are still well worth using today. Some parents will pass down the curriculums within the family and they may even use them several times with several children.
On the other hand, do not be fooled into believing that what your friend, family member or someone else is using is going to be the right choice for you. This is not always the case and in some situations, trying to use someone else's product is just not going to work for your child. The same goes for within the family unit. The curriculum used by your oldest child may not work well for your youngest, simply because of the different needs and learning systems that are in place from one child to the next.
Home Schooling Conferences
While later on we will mention some more specifics on this topic, it is important to point out now that home schooling conferences are one of the best ways to learn more about the curriculum options available for your child. Many times, parents will attend these conferences and come back with a wealth of tools, samples and even full curriculums that they love because of the unique approaches available to them.
It is always a good idea to visit these home schooling conferences or special events whenever they are available within your city or state. Many people will find that they can get lots of options to consider. More so, one of the best things about these programs is that you can easily browse through the curriculum on your own, in your hands, before you purchase anything. That way, you can see exactly how it is structured and what it has to offer to you.
Most of the time, you will also find that these conferences will offer a wealth of support and guidance to the home schooling family to use. If your family is new to home schooling, these groups are an ideal place to visit. You will find outstanding inspirational speakers who can help you to feel good about the hard work it takes to home school. And, in some cases, you can even find good home schooling curriculum products available for sale that are used or older models. So, yes, you can save money on these as well!
Now that you have a good idea of what it takes to purchase a home schooling curriculum, what if you decide you do not want to go through that process and instead want something that is a bit more "free.”
The good news is that there are some excellent programs available to you online. You will find a range of products to select from, but it is always important to use good judgment with free products found online.
- Does this product actually help my child to achieve their goals?
- Who is promoting this product?
- Does it incorporate my beliefs and my teaching preferences?
- Is it valuable enough to invest my child's time into it?
- Is this the best product for my son or daughter?
The good news is that there are some excellent products available to help parents that are well worth your time. As long as you ask those questions, you are sure to find yourself in a wonderful position.
Online, you will find free home schooling curriculums available to you. Some of these products are a good choice, but you will want to investigate them thoroughly.
Programs include the Arthur Teacher Guides, Building a School Website, and Manatee Education Materials.
You will find a range of printable items available online, too. These can be activities that help to reinforce what you wish your child to learn through worksheet style programs, arts and crafts or simply educational packages.
In some situations you can find educational kits that are free to home schoolers. These may contain things like lesson plans, copymasters and videos that you can use. A good source for these is your local State Farm Agent, for example, because they provide these free products to area schools.
Reviews: A Top Choice
Now that you can see just how many options in home schooling curriculums are available, take into consideration which is right for your child. Still not sure, which one is a good fit? That is not surprising since there are so many options to choose from.
One way that you can choose the best curriculum is by investing some time reading reviews from other users. Be sure that the website or other source you use for this information is providing you with the most authentic and actual user reviews and feedback since anything else is not going to provide you the best overall information.
Reviews are helpful, when they are authentic, because they give you a sense of what it will be like to actually use the program with your child. They can help you to see common flaws or high points of any program. This gives you an inside peak into what it is like to use this particular program, or that one.
Take the time to consider your options carefully here. It is critical that you invest in a home schooling program that is an ideal match for your child. Reviews, opinions and even hands on looking through these programs can help you to find the one that is right for your specific needs. More so, you may wish to choose a different curriculum for each subject or just select one that teaches everything your child needs to know.