When you begin your homeschool journey, you’ll spend a lot of time looking for the perfect curriculum. There are sooooo many different choices out there it’s hard to figure out which one you should try first. The great thing is, you aren’t stuck with anything. As the master of your child’s education, you can try, use, throw out or hate any homeschool curriculum you want. Try one, use it or move on to something else.
What I’ve learned is there are different curriculum choices to go along with different styles of homeschooling. And the biggest thing here is there isn’t one that’s perfect for everyone. If you like to do “school at home”, which is having a structured day and using textbooks, worksheets, etc (pretty much like school – only at home. Get it? Ha ha), then a boxed curriculum is a good choice. That’s where you pick what level your kid needs and you get the box of text books, works sheets, answer keys and everything that goes along with it sent to you. These are also usually the most expensive, but complete, homeschool curriculums.
Another thing I’ve learned is you can pick and choose from different brands and styles to make up your own. Use Abeka for language arts, Teaching Textbooks for math, Aplogia for science, Sonlight for history or any other brand or books you like and feel comfortable with. Again, you are the master. The ruler. The queen/king of your child’s education. You’re naturally going to panic over making the right choices and then scramble around until you find the best one for you and your kids.
I wish I could tell you which homeschool curriculum is best, but I can’t. I don’t even know if what we are currently using is great, or if we’ll drop it in the near future and move to something else. Just find your end goals and work backwards to know what your child needs for his or her future.