Have You Decided to Homeschool Your Child?
Need Help Choosing a Homeschool Curriculum?
What should you look for when choosing homeschool curriculum?
The questions you must ask first is what kind of homeschool do you hope to have. Why are you homeschooling? What are you hoping your child will get out of the curriculum? What homeschool philosophy do you want to follow or which one resonates with you the most?
All of these answers will help you figure out the best homeschool curriculum for your child.
If you are homeschooling for religious reasons you can limit yourself to either using secular or religious materials. That way your time is not wasted looking at material that is not in line with your religious beliefs.
Have you determined what homeschool philosophy you want to follow in your homeschool? There are so many options to choose from and there are various curricula to go with each option as well. If you are unable to decide which philosophy will suite your family the best, don't despair. A lot families choose an eclectic approach to homeschooling and then pick and choose their favorite materials to use.
Determining if you want a boxed curriculum or a Charlotte Mason curriculum, this will help focus your research on the best materials available in that genre.
Is your child lacking some skills in a specific subject? Is he ahead of his peers? Make a set of goals that you would like your child to have at the end of the year for each subject. Which curriculum can help you reach those goals? Take a look at the scope and sequence of the curriculum and see if covers the topics your child needs to work on.
What kind of teacher are you? Are you a box checker? Do you want the freedom to create your own schedule? You will have to teach your child everyday with the same curriculum. Is it something that you could see yourself using?
Defining a clear path will allow you to find the best tools to meet your goals. If you have a clear vision of your homeschool, it will help you decide on the best homeschool curriculum for your family