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How to Select Homeschool Curriculum
12 Step Approach
This is the time of year when homeschool conventions are underway and companies are offering great deals. Parents are trying to determine which curricula to purchase and many of those parents are wondering how to select homeschool curriculum that is best for them. This situation applies to new and well seasoned homeschoolers alike.
There are so many curricula choices it can be mind boggling. Let me share with you a 12 step approach to selecting homeschool curriculum. Some of these steps may seem obvious. Yet they are important to help you sort through all of your options and avoid purchasing items you may not even use.
- Know your preferred teaching method. This will eliminate a big portion of the curricula options available.
- Select curriculum which will coincide with your children’s learning styles. How you wish to teach your children does not always align with how your children learn the best. It will only frustrate your children if you provide them with hands-on activities when they want a textbook. Therefore, you may need to adapt your preferred teaching method.
- Decide what you need or desire to teach. Knowing your state requirements will help you with making this determination. Some states expect you to provide particular courses. This is especially true for high school.
- Ask your children what they want to learn.
- Set a budget.
- Research the homeschool companies which offer products for the courses you will teach. Try to narrow the companies down to 2 to 3 options. Do not buy anything yet.
- Look to see if you have a homeschool bookstore that sells items on consignment. Recently, I was able to go on a $180 shopping spree. It did not take me long to select the free curricula. This was all because I had previously placed items on consignment.
- Look at your other options. There are innumerable websites offering free resources and even curriculum. Be wary though. You will want to make sure you are receiving quality materials.
- Check with your library. They may have the books you need.
- Look for coupon codes. Many companies offer coupons on their social media sites and on blogs.
- If possible, make your purchases from one company that offers all of the items you want. Many big companies sell their products through other business that provide the products at a lower price. In example, Christian Book Distributors sells Apologia Science, Alpha Omega, and so forth. This will not only save you money it will also save on shipping.
- Ask for help. Selecting curriculum can be overwhelming especially the first time or two. I offer curriculum assistance. You are welcome to take a look at this service and see if you find it will be helpful for you.
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