If you’re new to homeschooling and you are already looking at resources and curriculum, but haven’t figured out your child’s learning style or how you imagine your homeschooling style….STOP! GO BACK! You MUST do these steps in order, or you’ll end up with a bunch of books and activities that won’t suit you or your children.
If you’ve gone through the previous steps, then please, read on!
Here are some things you’ll need to ask yourself when looking at curriculum….
- What subjects will we be covering? – There’s a LOT of topics you could cover. What do you, as a family, feel is important? Is there anything that your child is interested in studying?
- Does this resource fall into my child’s style of learning? – It’s great if you think a resource is perfect and had the right amount of depth and visuals and color and fun activities. But if if comes with 500 worksheets and your child is going to be bored to tears and not retaining anything because they need more activities or visuals, then it’s a waste of money. Remember: You aren’t the one learning, your child is.
- How much time do I need to put into this resource? – How many children are you schooling? What other commitments do you have on your plate? If the resource is too teacher intensive, or requires too much prep work, it’s only going to get put on the back shelf – again, waste of money. This includes curriculum for older children that may be able to work more independently.
- How much will this cost? – And is that cost prohibitive? Will you be able to use it with more than one child? How will it resale? Curriculum shouldn’t put you in debt. And when you finally decide you’re ready to buy, used curriculum can be a huge money saver.
- What do other families have to say about it? – READ REVIEWS! Google “[curriculum name] review” and see what you get. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a few blog posts from various homeschoolers that include more photos of the program and valuable insight as to if it may work for you. Cathy Duffy is also the ultimate in homeschool reviews.
A note about history
Abundant Freedom doesn’t currently recommend any of the widely available history programs for homeschoolers when it comes to Black children. Most do not accurately portray the history of our people or speak to the greatness of our accomplishments, and many were written from a heavily biased perspective. If you need history curriculum, I suggest heading over to the curriculum page and checking out what is out there for your students.