7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum

school house, red schoolhouseDelana H. Stewart

A colleague sent me this little e-booklet last year, and I finally got around to reading it. Carletta Sanders of Successful Homeschooling does a good job of helping families think through a variety of concerns when searching for a good homeschool curriculum for their children.


Carletta breaks down the different methods of homeschooling and tells you pros and cons of each style. In brief, her 7 secrets are:

1. Determine your family’s goals.

2. Determine your family’s needs.

3. Identify your child’s learning style.

4. Learn about different homeschooling methods.

5. Eclectic homeschooling

6. Look before you buy.

7. Beware of Buyer’s Remorse

She includes in the appendix such topics as: special needs, gifted education, and teaching preschoolers.

Click here for this free booklet that she encourages you to share with a friend, in an email, or on a blog:

7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum

And here’s a link to Carletta’s blog.


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

Choosing Curriculum at Homeschool Conventions



For more help with Curriculum, here are some articles on The Education Cafe:

Five Basic Types of Curriculum

November 12, 2009 23 By: Linda P Or, click here to download and read later (note the downloaded version does not contain all the linked resources): Five Basic Types of Curriculum) The five basic types of curriculum are Traditional, Thematic, Programmed, Classical, and Technological.  The most used curriculum can be found within these broader categories. 1.  Traditional This is… [Read more…]

Types of Curriculum: Technological Learning

November 27, 2012 4 by: Delana H. Stewart (See also: Five Types of Curriculum) One type of home school curriculum is Technological Learning which includes internet and software based programs. Some popular online high school programs include: NorthStar Academy Sevenstar Academy The Potter’s School Veritas Press   What questions should I ask when considering various online high schools? Here… [Read more…]

Resources and Curriculum for Educating the Right-Brained Learner

June 7, 2011 4–by: Delana H Stewart, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Education-Cafe/243238679083084 [Note: You may also be interested in the article on visual-spatial learners: https://theeducationcafe.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/snapshots-of-a-vsl-1/ or the article on internet/online learning https://theeducationcafe.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/types-of-curriculum-technological-learning/%5D  Many people with ADD, dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, or Autism are right-brained learners (though a person can be a right-brained learner and not be diagnosed with one of these). Is your… [Read more…]

Curriculum: How Do I Know What To Choose?

November 16, 2009 3 By: Delana S 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… [Read more…]

Mixing and Matching Curriculum

November 16, 2009 2 By: Jessica C We have been generally very pleased with using Sonlight curriculum & Singapore Math (which Sonlight offers).  However, as I read on the Sonlight online forums, I learned that many parents have problems with the ancient history presented in some of the “spine” resources for the early world history cores (SOTW & CHOW),… [Read more…]

Reasons to Modify Curriculum

November 14, 2009 2 (Notes taken from Robert Windham and Machele Kilgore) I. Know Your Child’s Learning Patterns or Learning Style A. Find out what your Child’s Modality is: Modality determines the easiest way to receive information 1. Visual: Understands and processes information best when they can visually see it. They learn by observing. 2. Auditory: Understands and processes… [Read more…]


2 thoughts on “7 Secrets to Finding the Best Homeschool Curriculum

  1. Pingback: Curriculum: How Do I Know What To Choose? | The Education Cafe

  2. Pingback: Five Basic Types of Curriculum | The Education Cafe

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