Choosing the Perfect Homeschool Curriculum

How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum

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I spent many of our early years in our homeschool searching for the BEST curriculum or the best method of homeschooling. When those catalogs arrived in the mail, I was like a kid in a candy store! I’d pore over them for hours, dog-earing the pages, highlighting my favorites, and making my wishlist.

I’d spend even more time on the internet, comparing all of the best products out there, reading all of the reviews, and “shopping” endlessly for items, without hitting “purchase.” I would put items in the cart, remove them, and go through this seemingly endless cycle of searching for the be-all-end-all.

I have learned over the years, the perfect homeschool curriculum is the one that works for you. Once you find something that is working, STICK with it. Do not even look for anything else! It may take a few tries in the early years of homeschooling to find what is a good fit for each child, but once you do…do not, I repeat DO NOT, look elsewhere.

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We have used much of the same things for years, and for those subjects, I do not even entertain the idea of using something else. Because the truth is, there is always something better out there. All of the curriculum these days is wonderful, and if we are in the pursuit of the “perfect” one, we will never move forward.

We’ve had years where we have switched things up and have tweaked our methods a bit. For instance the year we used the Bible as our main textbook, we used practically no formal curriculum! And it was a great year at that. Read more about it here.

Then there have been years where I have had to let our more casual methods get a bit more formal as the children grew older. So while the needs change and the situations change, change with them, but do not let the pursuit of the best hinder you.

Curriculum shopping can be overwhelming. As I always say, think back to those pioneer homeschoolers of 30 years ago- they probably had access to ONE curriculum…and they succeeded. Don’t limit God. He will work no matter what you end  up choosing if you are putting HIM first in all. Seek Him and pray over your choice and trust Him to lead you in His perfect plan.

Those pioneer homeschoolers succeeded with a vision and a strong reliance on God, and because of them, we are here today. God worked immeasurably more than anyone could have imagined, through them…and their one curriculum.

 

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Author: Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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