Here are 8 tips for choosing homeschool elementary and middle school curriculum from our Sister, Marilyn.
8 Tips for Choosing Homeschool Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
Back in the dark ages, when I began my homeschooling journey, curriculum choices were few. Today, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming. What kinds of things should you consider as you are choosing your homeschool elementary or middle school curriculum?
- Your child’s learning style: Is your child an auditory learner, visual learner, or kinesthetic learner?
- Your teaching style: Your learning style will often coincide with the way you like to teach.
- Your lifestyle: What special circumstances are there in your “school”? Are you teaching multiple children? Do you have a job outside the home? Do you have babies or toddlers? Do you have a special needs child? Are you helping care for aging parents? Do you or one of your children have a chronic illness?
- Are there financial constraints?
- Does your child have any special learning issues?
- Does your child prefer workbooks or unit studies?
- Are you looking for an integrated curriculum – either something that combines more than one subject (like writing and history) or can be adapted to be used for more than one child?
- Are you looking for curriculum with a Christian worldview?
It often takes more than one try to find a curriculum that fits you and your child. Don’t be afraid to do some exploring, but don’t jump around too much on the basics like reading and arithmetic, because you may find yourself missing things.
Talk to others who have used the curriculum and get their input. Borrow it, so you can take a closer look, if you have that option. Peruse catalogs and websites. Decide how important illustrations, white space, tests, and answer keys are for you. Do you need for your child to be able to work independently on this particular subject?
It is good to introduce your children to some no busywork but inspirational study guides. Our 7 Sisters literature guides for the younger grades include our popular Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Sarah Plain and Tall, and Middle School Essay Writing.
Another example of fun, no-busywork curriculum is Grammar Galaxy for elementary homeschoolers. These are story-based, delightful grammar texts. (We’re not affiliates, we just like them.)
For early readers, try the hands-on learning approach of 7Sisters’ unique and fun Literature Activity Guides. They are comfortably priced and the young learners love them!
Pray for wisdom in your choice. When you know what you are looking for and are seeking God’s direction, you will be able to make a good choice.
Here’s Sabrina’s vlog about Character Building Curriculum Options: