Homeschool Curriculum: 3 Keys to Knowing Exactly What You Need

Most people starting homeschooling think they need a lot of curriculum, books, and resources. Having too many resources to choose from can be overwhelming. It’s better to keep things simple. That is how:

1. A map – Before you start buying anything, decide what you want your children to study and learn this year. Do you want them to enjoy learning? Do you want them to complete a certain workbook? Do you want to know all the names of the presidents by heart?

What has worked best for me is to list all the topics at the top of a piece of paper. Then, list your students’ names on the left side. Under each column for each student write some ideas of what you want them to study or achieve for that year. This can be done by you or with your child. Once you have completed all of this, circle one or two items for each topic and focus on getting support resources. The other items not circled can be used for another year or if you run out of supplies for this year.

2. The basics – Homeschoolers need some basic reading, writing, and math supplies. No matter what your finances are, the internet and libraries provide some amazing resources. Don’t ignore them just because they’re free. Your children should spend time doing math and language every day. They must read to themselves or listen to you or some combination of that every day. To write they can draw if they are younger. If they are over 8 years old, they can write a page for you each day. Once children know how to read, they should be able to learn on their own with a little guidance.

3. the supplements – Once you have covered the basics, you can add other subjects from your original plan, such as science, Bible, foreign language, art, music, etc.

Books can be purchased new or used. Since so many people are homeschooling, there are plenty of places where you can get what you need from someone who either used the item carefully or decided it wasn’t for them and didn’t use it at all.

By planning what you want to do, covering the basics, and supplementing the subjects that fit into your plan, you should be able to have a great school year at home.