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Choosing the Curriculum That's Right for You!

Linda Maher, Exploring Approaches to Home Education Seminar, Adelaide 2008

Some of the more common homeschooling methods are:

  • Pre-packaged Curricula
  • Classical Education
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Montessori
  • Unit Studies
  • Natural Learning
  • The Eclectic Homeschool

Determining Your Style

  • Why are you homeschooling?
  • What content knowledge, skills, and/or relationships should you cultivate in your children?
  • What do you want your children to learn?
  • What skills will they need to be ready to be on their own?
  • Understand the differences in worldviews

To help decide on which methods to employ, it is helpful to consider:

  • Your preferred teaching style
  • Your children's learning styles
  • Religious Beliefs
  • Number of Children (texts, workbooks, etc.)
  • Time available
  • Cost / Budget
  • Support Groups

Points to Remember:

  • What works for you may not work for another homeschool mum
  • If it's working, stick with it!
  • Different children may require different approaches
  • If it is not working, either keep it for future use with another child, or make use of the 2 nd -hand resources board, and sell it!

Curriculum is more than just Academics

  • Good curriculum should also teach life skills and character-building
  • Remember, your curriculum is your TOOL to help accomplish your homeschooling goals; you are in charge - never let the curriculum 'rule' you.

Trust in your choices

  • Trust in your choices - you know your child better than anyone
  • Talk to others - ask questions - read, read, read
  • Remember - everyone is different, everyone, authors included, has their own opinion on how things 'should' be done.
  • No right way or wrong way to homeschool.
  • Many great products out there - respect them, but accept that some simply do not work with your family.
  • While browsing, write things down - decide later if need be .

Before you purchase a resource, ask yourself:

  • Does it suit my homeschool philosophy?
  • Is this resource going to be time-consuming?
  • Is it within my budget?
  • How much structure does it offer (and does that suit me)?
  • Does it comply with my values and religious beliefs?
  • Is the resource a good "fit" for my child's learning style?

Homeschooling is a journey - we all learn as we go

Homeschooling is Diverse.

  • Research the various methods and Learning Styles
  • Take an in-depth look at those that interest you.
  • Then, look at resources that fit within your educational philosophy
  • Make a Plan - Set Your Goals
  • Purchase a few selections
  • Begin - and have fun!

The choice is YOURS! 

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Learning without School!

We began educating our children in 1985, when our eldest was five. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn since they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. We hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was! Beverley Paine

The information on this website is of a general nature only and is not intended as personal or professional advice. This site merges and incorporates 'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.

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