Homeschool Program – Should I Use a Planned Homeschool Curriculum?
Homeschool curricula can be a great tool for homeschooling. If your child likes workbooks and textbooks then it might be the best option for you. Here are some guidelines to consider when choosing your homeschool program:
1. Do I want a teacher-led model or a self-directed model? That is, do I want to dictate everything my son does and when he does it, or do I want to work with him on what we both want him to accomplish and let him work alone? There is a certain level of responsibility required for both models. A kid doesn’t just go to his room with his work and play video games for hours and say he’s doing homework. If a child likes to work independently and can be accountable to you, he may want to save himself some stress and let him work independently and report back to you.
2. Do you want a literature-based or textbook-based form of education for your child? If you want to use literature, then it’s quite easy to pick a period of history or an aspect of science and find literature that gives you information. You could avoid an expensive choice of curriculum by gathering some literature and using it for homeschooling. Your children may enjoy listening to and reading stories more than they would like to read a textbook.
3. Am I willing to risk a high burnout rate and choose a planned curriculum? Sometimes a planned curriculum can become overwhelming and burdensome. If you use a planned curriculum, make sure you can make modifications to the program if necessary to meet your needs and those of your child.
4. How do my children learn best: completing workbooks or creating books and writing about what they learn? Some children enjoy filling out workbooks and are able to remember what they learned. Other children find workbooks to be homework and others complete them but don’t remember what they learned. Are you using workbooks just so you can make a mark on your list or are your children really understanding and learning the material they are reading?
These are all questions to ask yourself when considering purchasing a planned homeschool curriculum. Most people are more successful when they are able to tailor a curriculum to their own needs and philosophy of education.