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
- 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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