Choosing a homeschool curriculum can be a daunting task, especially if you are considering switching from a curriculum that was unsuccessful for your child’s needs. There are some things to keep in mind during the process that can help you choose a curriculum that fits both the needs of you and your child.
Consider the following questions as you shop:
What type of learner is my child? Every child learns differently, each at his or her own pace and with his or her own style. Home education gives you the freedom to cater precisely to your child’s learning style, in a way that is difficult to implement in a typical classroom setting. Choosing the right curriculum for your child’s learning style will help keep your child motivated while they learn; High interest will help your child learn faster and retain the information longer than they would with materials that do not hold their interest.
Is it all inclusive? Some products include everything you need, while others rely on you providing some of the materials yourself. Determine whether or not you will need to borrow materials from the library or purchase separately, and whether or not those resources are available to you.
How much time will it take to prepare lessons? Lesson preparation time varies from one curriculum to the next and is an important to factor when you are making your choice. Start by determining the time that you have in your current schedule and look for curriculums that fit that same time frame.
What are other parents’ opinions of the programs? The feedback other parents provide about the available programs can be invaluable to you as you make your selections; these parents have tried the programs and can give you firsthand insight into what works and what doesn’t work. Blogs and homeschool support groups are also great resources for this kind of information.
Asking these questions as you consider which educational products to use with your child will help narrow down your choices. At Nest Learning, we are always happy to answer any questions you might have about our products and offer guidance to help you find materials that are the most appropriate for your situation.