Have you read our virtual magazine? It has some really great articles. The theme is “Why Homeschooling is like a Cupcake“. Below, is one of the articles from the magazine written by Crystal Rapinchuk, and entitled, One Size Doesn’t Fit All – So What Next?
The amazing thing about homeschooling is that YOU get to choose what you teach your child and YOU get to choose what type of curriculum(s) you use – or none at all! It’s individualized education at its best! With that being said, I see so many parents stressing out and worrying that they aren’t picking the “right” curriculum for their child. They are looking for that perfect curriculum. But the problem is that one size doesn’t fit all. There is NO perfect curriculum for every child and there is a LOT of good material out there.
If you have more than one child you will probably readily agree that each of your children are VERY different! Just because your oldest went through a certain book doesn’t mean it’s the right book for your next child. And in fact, just because you choose a book to start out your new homeschool year doesn’t mean that you can’t change your choice if it’s not working for that child! That’s the beauty of homeschool. One size doesn’t fit all. Homeschooling is a process of learning – for both the parents and the children. It’s OK to change your curriculum mid-year if it isn’t fitting your student. Don’t feel like you have to keep the same curriculum all year if your child isn’t excelling just because you’re “already into the curriculum”. In fact if you feel like your child isn’t excelling in a particular subject area changing your curriculum might just be the best thing you could do for your student!
So how do you determine what to teach your child? If you’re homeschooling your own children you should know them well enough to determine whether they learn better by straight memorizing, by visual learning, by a more hands-on approach, by a strict routine, etc. Take those key qualities that your individual children learn by and enjoy and find a curriculum and routine that suites those needs. If you’re homeschooling someone else’s child you can either ask the parents or give the child several scenarios and ask what he/she would prefer.
Most of you have already started your school year. If you’re having second thoughts about the curriculum you chose give it four weeks. At the end of the month evaluate how the learning process is going and adjust it as needed for that child. And then reevaluate the next month. Don’t make the mistake of looking at the whole picture for the entire family’s progress – remember each child is different and each child has a different set of needs and inspiration as to how they learn. One size doesn’t fit all. And that’s OK.
Crystal Rapinchuk, owner of www.survivingateacherssalary.com is passionate about promoting educational values and saving families money. When she’s not busy networking or blogging she can be found outside in her garden, hiking with her kids, volunteering at her local school, or just relaxing with her husband reading a good book.