Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tips for Choosing and Buying Curriculum

Can you believe that it's already that time of year, again?  The time of year when, us homeschooling mamas, set out on the hunt for curriculum at a great price. I know that while this time can be exciting for some mamas it can also be stressful and overwhelming for other mamas. So, I wanted to share some helpful tips, to hopefully, give you some peace on your journey.

1. Don't believe the hype - that curriculum may very well be the number one, top selling curriculum in the United States of America, however, that doesn't mean it's a hit for your family.  The last thing you want to do is buy a curriculum based on everyone else's opinion then start your year off unhappy because it doesn't work for any of your children.  Always do your own research and don't be afraid to call the company and ask questions if you need to.  If you know a friend using the same curriculum ask them if you can look over theirs, and ask them questions. You know what's best for your children so make your decision based on that.
2. Don't force all your kids to use the same curriculum- As a  homeschool mom of multiple kids I know it's so much easier to just buy one curriculum for everyone and be done. However, it's not fair to force all your children to do one curriculum, just because it's easier for you, especially, when you're having them all do the same curriculum and then you are congratulating one on excelling, but make and the other feel bad that they're not excelling. I mean if you going to do that, you might as well put them in a traditional school, because that's exactly what the school system does. Everyone is doing the same thing, those that catch on do great and  they get an A, those that don't catch on fail.  That's the beauty of homeschooling you can tailor your curriculum choices to each child's need. Please, don't be afraid to switch curriculums if it's not working, you are cheating your child when you do that.
3. Don't break the bank shop used- it's ok to buy used. There's ton of Facebook used curriculum groups and a lot of the time they are in great condition for a fraction of the price. With that being said be sure you do your research on what the retail value is and what's included, so that you can be sure you're getting a good deal and not being ripped off.
4. Group subjects- if you have a large family like myself look for curriculum that allows to to group subjects such as Bible, History, science, art, and music. You save tons of money by grouping when you can and when it works.
5. Don't over buy  - it's so easy to get caught up in could deals that we just buy, buy, buy. If you are not going to use it then don't buy. All deals are not good deals.
6. Pray and talk to your spouse - Always discuss curriculum choices with your spouse, pray and let the Lord direct you.

I hope these tips are helpful to you and your family!  Do you have any tips you'd like to share?  I would love to hear from you!

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