Finding a Curriculum that Fits

reading-sample-lessons1It’s that time of year again – time for the used homeschool book sales – which means it’s also time to start thinking about the curriculum we’ll be using next year. I use a variety of resources in our homeschool: Abeka grammar, Apologia science, Story of the World, Spelling Workout, etc., instead of a curriculum provided by a single publisher. While this works well for our family, I find I still need to make further adjustments depending on the child.
For example, when my son John, now twelve, was in the first grade, we began using the Horizon math program. By the end of the second grade, he seemed overwhelmed by the number of problems on the page, so we switched to Singapore Math, and he did well. Now finishing up the seventh grade, he’s using Saxon Math.

Because John enjoyed learning from the Singapore books, I started my daughter Cassie off with that curriculum when she started kindergarten. By the time she was half-way through first grade, I could see she was struggling to get through her work. So, we switched back to Horizon math. She’s currently in the fourth grade, and she’s doing well with Horizon’s program.

The same thing happened with the reading curriculum I’d been using. When she was younger, Cassie worked through the American Language Series books just fine, but her younger sister Lillie struggled with them. Now Lillie’s using Explode the Code, which is a better fit. I also started Luke, in K-4 this year, with Explode the Code, and he’s enjoying that curriculum as well.

Though it can be confusing trying to find the best curriculum for each child, having the flexibility to change curriculums, even mid-school year, is one of the benefits of homeschooling. Educators know that one curriculum doesn’t fit all, and homeschooling has allowed me to find the curriculum that works for each child individually.

By Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell

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