choosing your homeschool curriculum

DSC00276After you have truly considered why you are homeschooling, the next step is selecting curriculum. I love this part of homeschooling! A curriculum is basically what you will teach and how you plan to teach it.

There are so many options out there today. You can use one of the commercial programs that are available, or you can develop your own curriculum. There are benefits and disadvantages to each. With a commercial curriculum you can rest assured that the basic skills will be covered with a minimum of preplanning on your part. This type of curriculum doesn’t leave much room for developing your children’s talents and interests, though. With your own curriculum you can develop your family’s interests and personalize it to each child’s needs, but this takes planning time. An alternative option is to use a commercial program for some subjects and develop part on your own.

Selecting and ordering curriculum is a lot easier today than it used to be. The hardest part is narrowing down the options. With the Internet you can see samples of virtually everything. Take your time and decide what’s best for your family and for your child’s education.

Here are my favorite sites:

http://www.rainbowresource.com/

http://www.veritaspress.com/

http://www.christianbook.com/

and, of course:

http://www.amazon.com/

Decide what you want to accomplish through homeschooling.

  • Is academic excellence the most important thing?
  • Do you want to encourage strong character?
  • Do you want to instill a lifelong love for learning?
  • What should each child study?
  • What subjects and extras do they need and want?
  • What books will they read?
  • What textbooks and supplies will we need?
  • Will tutors or outside classes be needed for any subjects?
  • Does your child have any special needs?

Finally, when you have selected your curriculum books and materials, wait at least three days before placing an order. This gives you a chance to think over the purchase and decide if it is an item you will really use. Impulse buying can be dangerous! (Trust me – I was the queen of buying Latin and art programs that never got used)

It’s a big responsibility to educate your children at home, but you can do this. God has prepared you, and He and others are there to help you!

general resources

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home ~ Bauer

The Three R’s ~ Beechick

The Harp and Laurel Wreath ~ Berquist

Honey for a Child’s Heart ~ Hunt

The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children’s Literature ~ McCallum

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School ~ Macaulay

teaching reading

The Reading Teacher’s Book Of Lists: Grades K-12 ~ Fry

Teaching the Classics ~ Andrews

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading ~ Adler

teaching writing

Teaching Writing: 
Structure & Style ~ Pudewa

The Elements of Style ~ Strunk and White

The Lively Art of Writing ~ Payne

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