Choosing the right curriculum can be an overwhelming and frustrating task. You may be asking yourself:
How will I know which one is right for my child?
Is it worth the money?
Do I need to cover every subject?
Should I choose a boxed (complete) curriculum or make one myself?
Is there an inexpensive or free way to homeschool?
Confucius said it best:
To ensure that the products you choose for your homeschool are the best choice for your child and for your family I suggest you follow my 3 Steps to Curriculum Success before making a final decision on what curriculum you decide to use!
Courtney’s 3 Steps to Curriculum Success
Identify your child’s learning style
Before you get started in choosing or purchasing a curriculum it’s imperative that you have identified and are familiar with your child’s learning style. Without this crucial piece of information it’s impossible to determine the best educational materials for your child and you will waste a lot of money and time. Save yourself the frustration with things that won’t work and click on the Step 1 image before shopping for materials or Click here to take the What’s My Child’s Learning Style Quiz.
Determine your budget
When it comes to homeschooling, there’s no set price on anything! Your educational materials can cost as little or as much as you want. There are so many options:
Brand New Materials
Little to no cost
It’s important that you work some numbers and set aside a budget for homeschooling expenses. It’s very easy to get carried away, especially if you’re new to homeschooling. Before you know it you’re drowning in unopened workbooks and have filled your hard drive to capacity with freebie printable packs that you’ll never get around to using. Two or three dollars for a printable or seven dollars a month for that insatiable math program doesn’t sound like much but can add up quickly if you’re not keeping track of your spending. If you need help working up a budget, click the Step 2 image. Help is a click away!
Read reviews and compare products before making a decision
Before committing to the curriculum you’ve chosen it’s a good idea to read as many reviews as possible to learn as much as possible. This way you can determine if the chosen product is best for your child. Above all, your child needs to enjoy the lessons and material or this will be quite the uphill battle. Include your child in this process. No matter how young or old the input they provide will be invaluable in helping you make the best choice for your child’s education.
I’ve put together the following list of curricula and educational resources that will help you get started in choosing the appropriate lessons and programs for your child. These are for secular homeschools so if there is some faith based content within these programs I’ve made sure it’s easily removed during lessons and in doing so, won’t affect the quality of the materials. Please visit the Community Forum if you need more input or have questions or concerns.
Now for the fun part: