About this time of year, many families are beginning to plan for next fall. If you, too, are thinking about the upcoming school year, you are probably asking yourself some questions. What curriculum will I use? Did the curriculum we used last year meet the needs of my students, or is it time to try something different? Will we join a different co-op this year, continue with the same co-op, or go through the work on our own? Are my children ready to move ahead, or do they need to spend a little more time in certain subjects? What other subjects need to be covered? Will we start the school year earlier, later, or at the same time?
If you find yourself struggling as you try to answer these questions, below are a few things you can try.
Ask other homeschooling friends about the curriculum they use. Did they like it? Why or why not? Would they use it again? Ask if you could borrow it for a weekend to look over it and see if it’s a good fit for your family.
Visit curriculum review websites such as HomeschoolReviews.com, CathyDuffyReviews.com, Successful-Homeschooling.com, or Home-School-Curriculum-Advisor.com. Look for opinions on the curriculum you’re planning on using and see what others have said. You can also search these sites to find curriculum you haven’t considered before.
Attend homeschooling conferences or workshops in your area. Visit the vendor area to see what’s available. You don’t have to purchase anything right away, but you can gather literature about the programs you might want to buy. Sign up for workshop classes that might help answer some of your questions.
Find a used homeschool book sale in your area. Spring is usually the time when other homeschoolers are clearing off their shelves making room for new books. Usually at these sales, you can find curriculum for 50-80% off retail price, making it easier financially to try out different programs.
There is help for the homeschooler — even in planning for the next school year!
Homeschooling Reading Curriculum by SmartTutor.com
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell
Picture By: MC Quinn