Is there really one best homeschool curriculum? Actually, yes. It’s the one you choose, that your student enjoys, and which works best for her. And sometimes, the best homeschool curriculum is no curriculum at all.
So, how do you know where to begin? Where will you find this perfect match? Most importantly…does it even exist?
The truth is, it can take time to find the very best homeschool curriculum for a child and a family (see HERE). And, sometimes, the process of discovering the best curriculum leads to using no curriculum at all.
Yes, you read that right.
Many parents are beginning to realize that children learn in different ways, at different rates, and using different tools. Every family has different goals for homeschool, too. Don’t forget individual differences — including specific likes and dislikes - because those are important, too.
So, the best curriculum for one student/family may not be the best for another.
When shopping or creating homeschool curriculum for a child, look for a product or system that has as many of the characteristics that YOU seek in a product as you can. If scripted lessons are on the list, look for those. If a literature-based system is what you desire, shop for that. If an interactive, computer program is what your student desires, you can search for that, too.
Making a list of a child’s preferences plus your goals for homeschool study can be helpful before the shopping begins. Putting thoughts in writing will help you tune-in to products that your student/family enjoys, plus it may help you identify some of your student’s strengths and desires at the same time. (Don’t know a child’s style? Check HERE.)
Check out these sample lists a parent might prepare for two different students in the homeschool. Each list reflects the optimal homeschool curriculum for that particular child:
Armed with lists like these, narrowing down curriculum options becomes much easier. The choice to abandon homeschool curriculum and choose a different method may become clearly obvious, too.
The truth is, the best curriculum or teaching system for a child is the one that works best in the end. Though it may take some trial and error, it’s out there, just waiting to be found.
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