How and Why to Switch Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year?

How and Why to Switch Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year?

How and Why to Switch Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year?

How and Why to Switch Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year?

Is it okay to switch curriculum halfway through the year? YES!

Don’t feel bad if you are finding that “wonderful curriculum” isn’t working for your homeschool. There’s not ONE right way to homeschool…and what works well at one point with one teen, might not work so well the next year or with the siblings. That’s okay.

Need a little encouragement about this? Check these out:

Our friend, Felice Gerwitz, has some encouragement for the homeschool mid year, when we often find ourselves switching curriculum.

With that said, let’s talk about switching curriculum mid-year. Sometimes it just has to be done!

Why would a homeschool mom be thinking she needs to ditch a curriculum?

There are so many reasons why you might just need to ditch the curriculum your homeschool high schoolers are using. Remember: It is not a sign of failure to need to switch things up! Rather, it is evidence that you have a growth mindset and are always flexible. This is a great life skill to model for your teens!

So, here are some reasons to switch homeschool curriculum:

  • The curriculum is a bad learning-style fit.

    • Once they got started, your teens hate the curriculum because it is totally geared toward a different learning style.
  • The curriculum is just too hard.

    • Most homeschool high schoolers are average students (that’s the meaning of the word.) Some curriculum is geared for honors-level. That is too difficult for an average teen.
  • The course is too easy.

    • Your teens are BORED! And bored is not a good place for teens to be. Bored teens do not learn much!
  • The format is a bad fit.

    • For instance, you tried a local co-op. However this co-op is too much work and your teens feel overwhelmed.
    • Or you tried a live, online course for your teens but it moves too quickly. An asynchronous course might be a better fit so that your teen can move at their own pace.
  • Life’s demands have changed.

How can a homeschool mom ditch a curriculum?

Here are some steps you can take to ditch and switch!

  • Ask yourself:

    • What is the difference between waste and wisdom?
      • It is not a waste to ditch a curriculum when you’ve tried your best to find the best curriculum for your teens, invested in it but found it is a bad fit.
      • Actually, it is wisdom to work to find a better educational fit!
  • Next, ask yourself:

    • Does the transcript need this level of rigor?
    • If your teens are struggling through a high-powered history course when their college majors will be math or science, you might be better time and energy steward by switching out.
  • Then, ask yourself:

    • What is the life lesson that needs to be learned here?
    • Do your teens need to know mom will step in and advocate for them by helping them find a better-fit course?
    • Or do your teens need the character development created by soldiering through a difficult or boring course?
  • Give yourself the gift of dreaming about next year.

  • Ask around.

  • Do some research.

    • What are friends who have teens LIKE YOUR TEEN using for their high school curriculum. Join 7SistersHomeschool’s Facebook group. It is an excellent place to ask questions and get support!
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Remember, Sabrina suggests that for your teens:

If it is not moving you forward, it is holding you back.



While you’re thinking about it, watch this encouraging chat by Sabrina:

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Vicki Tillman

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2 Replies to “How and Why to Switch Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year?”

  1. I understand why it’s a tough decision for some families to ditch expensive curriculum. Sometimes funds have been saved for months to purchase it.

    Although I generally agree with changing what isn’t working, maybe the curriculum doesn’t have to tossed completely. For example, those expensive science textbooks can be used as reference books. For the hands-on student, do the science labs first, then check the reference textbook if more information is needed. Change up the order of study. There’s no rule that we must begin on page 1 and continue to page 300. Have your kiddo scan through a textbook and see what’s interesting, then start there.

    Just takes a little non-standard thinking.

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