Choosing and using a homeschool curriculum can be more daunting than the actual decision to homeschool your child. Finding the right curriculum for you family’s needs and your individual children is absolutely necessary. Talking about it is easy… but actually getting there is the hard part.
There are a few questions that you can ask yourself to help you discover the perfect curriculum:
1) What type of schedule does your family prefer? If you like to have a formal schedule and follow a rigid routine, then a curriculum that does the same would probably fit your needs. Complete curriculum sets like what ABEKA, Alpha Omega, and Bob Jones University Press offer would be ideal. If you are confident to homeschool without guidance there are alot of wonderful resources from companies such as Apologia, Time4Learning, and Saxon.
2) How do you like to learn? Are your children visual, auditory, or textual learners? Use these cues to guide you in the type of curriculum you choose. Visual learners would appreciate a highly interactive curriculum with stimulating graphics, picture, or video. Auditory learners would do well with a CD, or a curriculum that involves listening skills. A textual learner is one that enjoys reading books or textbooks and workbooks to gain knowledge.
3)Where do you learn? Do you have a specific place that you learn? A large intricate homeschool curriculum might require that you homeschool in the same place each day. Do you stay at home to learn? Do you have computers available for homeschooling? This may enable you to use the computer or online education tools. Each of these questions will lead you to limit what types of homeschool resources that might work for you.
If you are new to homeschooling, these may be difficult questions for you to answer, however, as you go along you will see that each of these has a specific application to how and what you should use to homeschool.
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