Curriculum: How Do I Know What To Choose?


By: Delana H Stewart

There are five basic types of curriculum…..and not one is perfect!  Matter-of-fact, there is no perfect schooling situation.  So, relax, and be willing to try different approaches.  While it is great to glean from others who homeschool, the curriculum that works for them might not work at all for you and your family.

It is highly likely that most of you already have chosen a curriculum to use. You may even be thinking that this article has come too late. However, as you use this year’s curriculum, begin to analyze several things throughout the year to better prepare you for next year.  Also, remember, most curriculum is designed to give you much more than you actually need.

Before looking into the five types of curriculum, here are four things to consider.

  • Seek God.
  • Consider your child’s learning style.
  • Consider your learning style, personality, and budget.
  • Consider what others are doing and have done.

Seek God. Prayer will not only guide us to making good choices, but also help us through difficult days.  James 1:5: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

Consider your child’s learning style. Yes, children need to learn using all kinds of methods (visually, auditorily, and kinesthetically); however, when a child struggles in a particular area, it can be quite helpful to know what his learning style is.  There are many resources available to help with this.

Consider your learning style, personality, and budget. Some curriculum requires creativity and making messes, some is very structured, and others are workbook based.  Curriculum varies greatly in price…and some things you may want or need might already be in your area and freely available to you.

Consider what others are doing and have done. When you talk to other parents about their curriculum, ask why they like what they use, what aspects they don’t like about it (if any), and if there are any parts of the curriculum that they don’t utilize.  For example, I tell people that I love Sonlight Curriculum.  What I really mean by this statement is:  1) I loved having a library of readers for my kids to devour. 2) I had voracious readers who enjoyed spending lots of time reading. 3) I liked that the science materials that were needed were all supplied in the kit.  (While I don’t enjoy teaching science, I was glad that my kids and the local lady we hired to teach enjoyed the science kits!).  4) I used workbooks for a lot of the language arts elements and did not do any dictation.  And, I created my own book review system for book reports.  I utilized the history books as bedtime stories and only began in 5th grade having any of my kids do the history research projects.  This is just one example of why it is important to have people clarify why they like or don’t like something.

Finally, take a look at the different styles of curriculum that are on the market today by looking at the article on this blog entitled Five Basic Types of Curriculum.

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You may also be interested in this blog post from Fortuigence:

Choosing Curriculum at Homeschool Conventions

http://www.fortuigence.com/fortuigence-online-education/curriculum-homeschool-conventions/

 

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See also: 7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum

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4 thoughts on “Curriculum: How Do I Know What To Choose?

  1. Pingback: 7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum | The Education Cafe

  2. i love that you said “seek God”. that popped out at me because it’s true, but should always seek God!

  3. Pingback: Stratgegies for Teaching Preschool « The Education Cafe

  4. Pingback: Five Basic Types of Curriculum « The Education Cafe

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