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June 20, 2020 2 min to read

Considering homeschooling? How to choose your curriculum

Category : Education

It’s important when you homeschool your children to have a clear, outlined curriculum with a specific goal in mind for what your children should be retaining.

When you are a new mom to homeschooling your children, you may not know exactly what subjects need to be covered, or how to structure each day. It can be intimidating to try and decide what to include and how to include it.

Don’t fret! Here are some simple steps that you can take to help in choosing your homeschooling curriculum.

Include Your Children’s Interests

One of the best things you can do is to make sure to focus on what your children like because when you appeal to their interests they will be more likely to pay attention.

Yes, you will still have to teach your children the “boring” subjects that they don’t necessarily care anything about because they are essential and make up the curriculum, but it’s helpful to break up those subjects with ones that can bring excitement in your learning.

The easiest way to do this is to just ask your children what they want to learn, or what they find interesting so that you can be sure to include it.

Keep A Realistic Budget

One of the biggest setbacks for parents who want to homeschool is that they do not plan out their budget before purchasing things like supplies, books, and more. Set yourself a budget that works for you, and don’t go over it.

Besides trying to “do it all” being one of the common homeschooling mistakes, you don’t want to get in over your head and be worrying about finances instead of focusing on teaching your children.

A simple way to do this is to set your budget ahead of time and figure out what you need, and then (the part everyone forgets) what you can do without.

Try to find cheap or free ways to utilize the things around you as teaching opportunities rather than focusing on finding the “perfect” curriculum that may be out of your budget.

Adapt To Your Children’s Learning Style

Children all learn differently. What works for one child may not work for all of your children, so make sure to take notice and adapt to what works best for your children.

One child might learn better by reading, another by hearing and repeating something, and another by actually writing it down…
 
Continue reading the article and learn more about homeschooling on Daisy Linden’s blog.
 
 

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