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Choosing a Curriculum Amidst the Marketing Madness
Carlene Archer
Whether you are in your first year of homeschooling or your 18th, choosing your curriculum is a continual process. Your family situation, financial status, child's needs, or other factors may have changed. One approach doesn't work for every family. In this article, Carlene Archer shares some guidelines that can help make the process of choosing your curriculum easier.
Choosing Curriculum
Michael Moy
Finding suitable curricular materials can be frustrating as periodicals, in general, do not review K-12 educational materials. Here are several suggestions that will help in your search to find K-12 materials. Note that this page is geared more toward finding individual materials.
Choosing Curriculum That's Right For You
Common Sense Press
Homeschooling is a journey parents begin every year. Unfortunately, many families who wouldn't even think of traveling without a map begin this homeschooling journey on their own, asking for directions along the way. You should begin by answering "Three Core Educational Questions." Your answers to these questions will help you reach your destination with confidence. They are:
1. What is education?
2. What are the roles of the teacher and the student?
3. What is the role of the curriculum?
Choosing Teaching Materials
Leslie Schauer
Choosing teaching materials can be an overwhelming decision because there are so many excellent products available and each one claims to be superior to all others. Many veteran home schoolers suggest that you stick to a 'prepackaged" traditional curriculum for the first year or so. Others encourage new home schoolers to consider correspondence schools. Here are some suggestions concerning choosing curricula.
Curriculum Dependent No More
Cyndy Shearer
Most of us are closet curriculum dependents. As far as everyone else is concerned -- we have it all together. But we all feel the effects of curriculum dependency. It is based on three myths--the myth of the perfect curriculum, the myth of the perfect homeschool family, and the myth that we can do things in our own strength.
Curriculum Wars
William and Tamara Eaton
Online message boards and support groups are great ways for homeschooling families to share information about curriculum and teaching methods. We all like to go beyond reading the paid advertisements or professional reviews to learn from the experience of "real families." But in doing this, it's important to realize that there are as many different opinions of the best curriculum and methods as there are homeschooling families. Think of all the variations: personalities, income, number and ages of children, strengths and weaknesses, backgrounds, goals and philosophies. No wonder we don't always agree.
Home School Curriculum Choices
Mary McConnell
Flexibility is the key for this homeschooling mother. Alternating textbooks with other materials allows one to tailor the school schedule to life's little realities.
One Stop Shopping, or Eclectic Education?
Kathryn L. Stout
The homeschool shopping season has begun. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you select materials.
The Curriculum Hunt
Julie Bogart
Is it better to be able to get down to business and wade through the thousands of curricula choices available today or would it still be a good idea to develop a philosophy of education first? A look at how to organize your hunt for the best curricula for your family.


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