Trying to choose which curriculum to use may seem like a monumental task, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a source list of books, materials, and curricula, but we advise you to not rush out to buy anything right away. At first, this may seem like the thing to do. You will save time and money if you read, study and and get input from other homeschoolers first. It is important to know why you want to homeschool before you completely explore how you will teach. The following books are some to consider reading before you open your home school:
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child, By Clay and Sally Clarkson
Homeschooling for Excellence, By David and Micki Colfax
For The Children’s Sake, By Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
Homespun Schools, Homestyle Teaching, and The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook, By Raymond and Dorothy Moore
The Home School Manual, By Theodore Wade et. al.
There are a few things to consider when choosing curriculum. You might choose to use one of the major homeschool curriculum suppliers--this is usually the most expensive approach.
You can buy complete curriculums all at once or you might choose the unit study approach. This teaches all subjects from one central theme. You might choose to learn about the solar system and incorporate other subjects around that theme.
There is also the work-book approach. There is less preparation time with something like that.
You may even choose one of the computer curriculums.
Then there is the mix and match approach (which is what most families end up using.)
Choose whatever works best for you and your children. And don't worry; you can always modify it for your family.
If you purchase curriculum you do not like, check the vendor's return policy (it is a good idea to do that BEFORE ordering!) If you can't send it back for a full refund, sell it as slightly used. Consider the expense not as a loss, but the cost for a lesson learned!
When you choose a type of curriculum, try to find one that fits your child's learning style.
There are 5 basic curriculum types:
Take the time to really get to know your children. This makes curriculum and other purchases for your school easier. If you have access to a public library, you might not have to buy a thing for a while. Having a love of learning, an inquisitive nature, and creative imagination are some important tools for an educational life.
Take the time necessary to really get to know and love your family. Home education allows you and your family a closeness not allowed by other educational settings. You'd be surprised what you learn when you know you are nurtured and loved!
Take the time to consider these thoughts: