Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Best Homeschool Curriculum

Are you a new homeschooler looking for the 'best' curriculum?

Are you wondering if the curriculum you currently use is the 'best'?

I  hear new homeschool moms ask more seasoned homeschool moms what the 'best' curriculum is for a variety of subjects.

What is the best curriculum to teach my child to read?

What is the best curriculum to teach math?

What is the best science curriculum?

And the list goes on and on.


There is no 'best' curriculum.

The best curriculum for me, may not be the best curriculum for you.
The best curriculum for one child, may not be the best for another child.

Really, the question being asked is the wrong question!

There is not one 'best' curriculum.  Some programs are more popular than others, but don't just decide what you will use based on the popularity of a curriculum.

When researching curricula for your family and your students, you should be asking:

What reading program do you recommend and why?  Have you used it?  Did you like it?

What math curriculum did you use?  Would you recommend it?  What did you like/not like about it?

Ask these questions for every subject you are researching.  

The latest and greatest may not be the best for your family.

The tried and true may be the best for you.  

When evaluating your current curriculum (and considering a change), try to discern whether the curriculum is the problem or if maybe the way you are using it is the problem.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I have discovered that I am the problem, not the books I am using.  I am not devoting enough time to the subject and the student.  I am letting things slip by undone or unexplained.  A new curriculum will not help me with that problem.

However, when searching for the 'best' curriculum, take into consideration how much teacher time is required.  If it requires more time than you are able or willing to give it, then that is not the best for you.  

What makes a homeschool curriculum 'the best'?  
How it fits your needs and how you use it.

How would you answer the question about the 'best' curriculum? 

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