You finally make the decision to homeschool only to realize that hardest decision regarding homeschooling is facing you… choosing a curriculum is very daunting and becomes the hardest decision you have to make.
Part of the problem is that there are sooooooo many curriculum options available. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great thing to have access to so many amazing curriculums, but it also is overwhelming, especially for a homeschooling newbie.
I’ll admit the mistake I made this first year homeschooling, I bought an amazing curriculum that had great reviews and looked so “fun,” but was under my child’s level.
Another mistake I made was that I assumed that you couldn’t go wrong with any good homeschool curriculum and that it would work for any student.
I cannot imagine at this point what you seasoned homeschooling mamas and seasoned teachers are thinking…
Well, after just one year under my belt homeschooling I have some words of wisdom
- Read Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie (I also love and recommend her Read Aloud Revival)
- Read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and show you what you need to do for your family (this should actually be the first step and repeat at each step along the way!)
- Decide what teaching method/ classroom environment you desire and envision
- Read (or check out from the library like I did and read the website) Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum Found here
- Show yourself some grace
- If you start a curriculum and it isn’t working for you or the child, take a break and reevaluate things
- Go outside and be in nature
- Repeat step 3 daily!
We had to do this with a reading program that we began at the beginning of the year and my son began to show signs of stress and frustration. My sister in law (the elementary teacher) told me to take a break, relax, and let him have fun. She then helped me research another program that we started after he had a chance to regroup and it had gone really well.
So for me, after starting a program that was fun, but below level for my son, then picking a reading program that was disastrous… I learned that what works for some, may not and will not work for you.
I am also learning that the longer we get into homeschooling, the more I am drawn to the Charlotte Mason philosophy.
I also read many things written by seasoned homeschoolers and their advice was always that these early elementary years are the golden years that you can never get back. They all said they wished when their kids were little that they spent more time outdoors and playing, allowing time for exploration. There will be many years of school ahead of the child, but let them be little while they can. They said they wished they had read more great living books aloud with their children, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Trumpet of the Swan, Saint George and the Dragon, and so many more.
Remember, the most important thing we can teach our children is to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
God just asks us to plant the seeds and cultivate an environment for them to grow, and it’s His job to produce the fruit!
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Coming soon: My Top Picks for Homeschooling