And for many new homeschool moms, a packaged curriculum or program promises some certainty to your child’s education. The sad reality is that these products often needs to be adapted, altered, added or abandoned to “fit” your child’s learning style and stage, or your teaching style and approach.
Please don’t feel condemned if your purchase doesn’t ‘work’.
- You can still use your books or curriculum, but rather follow your child’s time schedule and pace rather than the prescribed schedule.
- I have o.f.t.e.n urged parents to make time for tangents and spread a 1-year schedule over 18 months. I have never regretted taking longer on a curriculum in all my years of homeschooling with all my children, as I shared with my re-using our Sonlight curriculum.
- Use lapbooks or minibooks, but allow your children to use them in their own personal way.
- Add hands-on activities wherever possible, especially for younger children.
- Go on outings and field trips.
- Visit masters and real artisans, factories and manufacturing companies.
- For teens, find a student teacher or tutor, or friend or another parent to teach difficult subjects.
- When your child refuses to learn, hates the lessons or the content, please, please don’t force them to continue.
- Put the books away and maybe try again in 6 months.
- I have very seldom made a disaster-purchase, but I have had to abandon a year-plan and reschedule work.
- My teenagers refused to continue Charlotte Mason subjects, much to my dismay, and I let it go, but some years later, they returned to enjoy the very lessons I had been to forceful on. I learnt to offer these lessons in a really informal way.
- Sadly, many moms have bookshelves filled with unused books and curriculums. Wasted money and lots of guilt. If you cannot use these abandoned books, try find a co-op or group and sell your 2nd hand materials.
- May I quietly add that even as a professional school teacher, some lessons just never worked, and I abandoned them!
With all my encouragement and blessings,