Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Homeschool Curriculum

Choosing a homeschool curriculum is a time consuming job. Especially if you are new to homeschooling. A few things that you will want to look for when choosing your homeschool curriculum are:

  • Cost - can you afford the curriculum for each student that you are homeschooling. Some boxed curriculums can cost a fortune and some of them are worth what they charge. There are also the options of building your own curriculum or trying free homeschool curriculum using the library, Internet and other resources available to you.
  • Learning style of the child - as a parent you are the expert on your child. If this is your first year of homeschooling it may take you a few tried to come up with the right homeschool curriculum for your child's needs.
  • Time and schedule - Some curriculums have more rigid guidelines than others. If you build you own, you set the pace and schedule. You do have to keep in mind that your state homeschool laws may have attendance requirements that may include how many hours per day you spend doing instructional course work. Make sure you adhere to the laws in your state.
  • Unschooling vs. schooling - Decide if you are unschooling your children or if you like the concept of a traditional school room in you home. Unschooling parents believe that you learn as you go and that the rigidity of school as we have come to know it needs to be taken out of the equation.
  • Support - Different curriculum choices offer different levels of support. It is always a good idea to get involved in homeschool support groups. Choose a homeschool support group on your own or if you want to start your own homeschool support group. It is easy to find other parents looking for different alternatives and new support groups.

There are many things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum. This time of year parents are frantically putting things together for the year. The important thing to keep in mind is the needs of you and your child. Homeschooling can be an ideal choice for the whole family if you will be flexible, keep your priorities in tact and if something isn't working don't be afraid to change things around.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Homeschooling Program Blog

Welcome! We have put this blog together to help all involved in homeschooling to navigate their way through their homeschool experience.

Here we will review homeschool curriculum, provide free homeschool curriculum ideas, free homeschool resources, homeschool tips, and more.

It's back to school time and we have some wonderful ideas for homeschool organization, homeschool record keeping, help for different subjects and more. So, please check back often. We will always have new and exciting ideas and information.