One of the hardest thing about being a homeschooling parent is choosing from all the curriculum out there. It can be very scary and overwhelming. I am hoping that this blog will help you.
You can start with figuring out how your child learns. They may be a visual or audio learner. Once you have figured out what type of learner they are, then you will be able to choose curriculum with more ease. To figure out what kind of learner your child is check out http://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Learning_Style_Test_for_Children. They have a lot of resources you can use to figure out your child’s learning style.
These are the learning styles that your child may have:
Visual – learn by seeing and reading. They learn best when they can see things, pictures, text, charts and so on.
Auditory – learn by listening and speaking. They learn well with lecture, music, having stories read to them and so on.
Kinesthetic – learn well when they touch or do things. These students excel in hands-on activities.
Some children are a mix of learning styles. They may be a visual learner in math and an auditory learner for reading. Finding out what kind of learner they are can help you to choose which curriculum would be best for them.
I know for myself I also took into account what type of attention ability that they have. My three year old almost four is very active. He loves to learn by doing hands-on activities. When we learn hand writing this coming year I will use hands-on activities such as; drawing in shaving cream, pudding in a baggie or drawing on a big piece of paper. My soon to be 7 year old can only sit for about 20 minutes. So I have learned to give her more breaks. Just take the time to get to know your children and how they learn.
For my first year of homeschooling I did a whole curriculum from one company. Even though this didn’t meet all of my children’s learning styles right away, I learned which subjects worked for each kid. Then I took the subjects that did not work for them and changed it to fit their needs. Buying a whole curriculum from one company the first year saved me the head ache of trying to choose my curriculum from a lot of different resources. It was to overwhelming and I didn’t know enough about homeschooling to make a proper decisions for my kids. Even though I was a public school teacher before; homeschooling was a whole new ball game.
Now that we are going into our second year of school I know what type of curriculum I needed for each child. I did a lot of research and found curriculum that matched each of my children’s needs. I am much more excited about our second year because I feel like I know what I am doing now.
Some of my favorite curriculum so far is:
Story of the World – History
Picture Smart Bible – Bible curriculum
Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool, allinonehomeschool.com – for any subject
Common Core NY State Modules at engageny.org – first grade math
The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise – a book about classical education. It also answers a lot of homeschooling questions that many parents have.
As I use different curriculum this year I will be posting my reviews on each.
I hope that this helps you to choose the right homeschooling curriculum to fit your family’s needs. Remind yourself that you know your kids better than anyone else and that you need to follow your gut feeling as to what is right for your family.
If you have any other questions please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org