Why Choosing Your Homeschool Curricula Is so Important

Many of the questions that I am frequently asked about homeschooling revolve around curricula. “What’s the best curricula for…?” “How does this math (language arts, science, etc.) curriculum work?” “Should I use a textbook based curriculum? Or should we just read living books?” “How can I fit unit studies in to our curricula?”

Choosing homeschool curricula

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It’s clear that curricula is a really big deal for homeschool moms!

I have a friend who was homeschooled as a kid. Back in those days- yes I’m old- this topic would have seemed pretty ridiculous. Those were the days of the pioneers of homeschooling. They were homeschooling when it wasn’t popular. My friend can remember not being allowed to play outside until the school bus came around in the afternoon. In those days, there was virtually no choice of curriculum. School book companies often wouldn’t sell to individuals. Publishers didn’t cater to homeschoolers because they weren’t even on the radar.

Fast forward to today. A google search of “homeschool curriculum” can result in hundreds of choices. National chain bookstores have sections for homeschoolers. School publishers have tapped into the market and offer books specialized for homeschoolers.

Choosing the right curricula for your family can feel overwhelming. But why is “the right” curricula so important?

Choosing a homeschool curriculum that works for your family makes homeschooling much more pleasant.

Have you ever chosen a curricula you thought was awesome, only to begin using it and realizing you and your kids really, really don’t like it? I’m over here waving my hand because I have!

Choosing the curricula that’s right for your family can mean the difference between smooth sailing and homeschool days filled with tears and tantrums. And that’s only you! The kids can have even worse reactions!

Choosing the right curriculum to start with saves money. 

One year at the homeschool convention, I plunked down money for the entire series of Life of Fred elementary math books as well as Life of Fred prealgebra and algebra. Guess what? It didn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. It may be an awesome curriculum…for some families. But it didn’t fit my kids’ learning styles or my teaching style. And it didn’t fit with where we needed to be in math at the time. I was stuck mid-year trying to come up with enough money to get new math curricula. It wasn’t a pretty picture.

Choosing the right curricula the first time saves sooo much money in the long run.

When kids “click” with your homeschool curriculum, they learn more.

We began using My Father’s World when my younger girls were 3rd and 4th grade. Because we hadn’t used the material before we used the Geography study. All three of us- me included- loved school that year. We just loved it. The materials that we used through My Father’s World brought countries and cultures alive for us. To this day one of my daughters, when asked her favorite school subject, replies “geography.” Because we loved it, all of us learned so much. (I also found out how much I didn’t know about geography!)

Having this connection with the curriculum that you’re using makes school fun. It truly inspires a love of learning because kids can’t wait to do it everyday!

Choosing homeschool curricula

The “right” curricula can truly a blessing, and the “wrong” curricula is often a struggle.

Do you need help with your homeschool curricula planning? This is something that can be stressful to any homeschool mom- even one who’s been homeschooling a few years.

Sometimes you just need someone who can help you get focused! Thankfully there’s an affordable solution for you. Check out my curricula consultation service.

For a low fee you can get my help with your curricula choices. I have over seventeen years of homeschooling experience, and I’ve been a curricula reviewer for over six years. I can help point you in the right direction for the curricula you need.

Check out the service offered here.

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