So, What Curriculum Do You Use?
Folks ask us all the time, “So, what curriculum do you use?”
Let me begin to answer by telling you a story. Many years ago, one of my dear friends asked me the same thing as she began homeschooling her children. I was happy to tell her because I believed I’d found the very best curricula in each subject. It was only when she called utterly frustrated months later that I realized my error. Her children hated the programs we loved and so did she! What could be the problem? As we talked more, it became obvious to me: Her children were as quiet as mine were outgoing, as cautious as mine were bold. They could hardly be more different. That curriculum that required learning crazy songs was meat to my guys, but poison to hers!
“Okay,” I thought, “each family’s different. What works for one family won’t necessarily work for another.” I became a lot more careful about recommendations. Then I learned another lesson.
I will share with you, though, the principles we use to choose curricula. Maybe these principles will help you find the right things sooner. Check in tomorrow for principles for the preschool years and I’ll keep posting over the next few days until we get to high school.
See you next week!
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