Aside from your rationale for putting your children through home school, have you thought about the kind of curriculum you want to follow? Have you conducted your research about the choices and approaches that you can use? Making a decision on the option for homeschooling curriculum doesn’t have to be a trying matter. With a bit of legwork you can make up a curriculum that produces results for you and your kids. Here are some things to think about.
A favorite of many is the curriculum referred to as unschooling which tends to be more relaxed and various. You’re children’s natural instincts and interests are the focus of this curriculum. Technically speaking, unschooling is not actually homeschooling since that, by definition, follows a set lesson plan and curriculum. Unschooling will let your kids learn their when on their terms. As a general rule parents are hands off. Some parents have had great successes with this method of homeschooling but not all colleges, scholarships and SAT’s are favorable to it.
The government and state will send out standardized tests that even homeschooled kids are required to take. Many “traditional” schools set days aside for these tests each year. If you would like to administer these tests at home, ask your local school board if that is ok or if your child needs to go to a school classroom to take the test. Ask if there are days designated for the local homeschooled children to take the test together. To get help with figuring out your approach to the yearly standardized tests, contact your local school board.
When you are figuring out how to homeschool your kids and what curriculum to use, there are several factors to consider. How your kids learn best is, obviously, at the top of the list. Another factor to look into is your teaching strengths and weaknesses. The nice thing about homeschooling is that you have more freedom to play up your strengths as you put together your curriculum. You don’t have to force yourselves to stick to strict curriculum practices or units and you will be able to play to everyone’s strengths while working through your weaknesses.
There are several reasons that may lead to you deciding to homeschool your kids.
There may be personal issues with how your local public schools are run. Or maybe you can’t afford a private school. Or the studies that show homeschooled kids do better later on in life persuaded you. You need to make sure you choose the best homeschool curriculum for you and your kids, regardless of your reasons. Your choice in curriculum is quite possibly the most important factor to their success. The more you know about the different types of homeschool curriculum and teaching approaches, the better off you and your children will be.