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7 Steps to Choosing Curriculum for Your Home School
Cindy Short and Sue Welch
These steps will help you organize and plan for your curriculum purchases, finding the best resources for your family
A Homeschool Curriculum for Preschool and Kindergarten
Lillian Jones
"Can anyone recommend a curriculum for pre-K and kindergarten? This is a frequent question homeschooling bulletin boards and email lists. It's a perfectly reasonable question, but some of the responses can be confusing to new homeschoolers. We all come into homeschooling with some common preconceptions of what the program should be - but many who have been at it for a while or raised homeschool grads are likely to strongly suggest not setting up a structured study program for young children. This is where some misunderstanding can come into play. Saying that a structured study program for a young child is inappropriate is not at all the same as saying that learning is unimportant during the early years. It's simply that many experienced homeschoolers and other educators feel there are certain kinds of activities that are much more important and appropriate in early childhood than studying the 3 R's - and that to establish a structure that emphasizes the 3 R's at that age can actually be detrimental. If a child is asking to learn to read, of course, that's a whole different matter - but it's simply a question of helping that child learn to read, which is very different thing from setting up a curriculum.
Choosing a Curriculum Amidst the Marketing Madness
Carlene Archer
Whether you are in your first year of homeschooling or your 18th, choosing your curriculum is a continual process. Your family situation, financial status, child's needs, or other factors may have changed. One approach doesn't work for every family. In this article, Carlene Archer shares some guidelines that can help make the process of choosing your curriculum easier.
Choosing Curriculum
Michael Moy
Finding suitable curricular materials can be frustrating as periodicals, in general, do not review K-12 educational materials. Here are several suggestions that will help in your search to find K-12 materials. Note that this page is geared more toward finding individual materials.
How to Choose the Right Materials for Your Child
Sonlight Curriculum
Sonlight Curriculum gives some guidance to choosing the right programs for your child.
One Stop Shopping, or Eclectic Education?
Kathryn L. Stout
The homeschool shopping season has begun. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you select materials.
Some Practical Advice for New Homeschoolers
Homeschool Central
The thought of homeschooling your children may seem quite overwhelming at first. There are so many questions going through your head. Where do I get curriculum, what curriculum should I use, can I really do this, and of course what about socialization? Let me put your mind at ease. It's not as difficult as it looks.
Surviving a Curriculum Search
HomeHearts.com
Although you want to jump right into your curriculum search, it will benefit you to slow down and take a good look at your expectations and goal in choosing a curriculum for your family.
The Curriculum Hunt
Julie Bogart
Is it better to be able to get down to business and wade through the thousands of curricula choices available today or would it still be a good idea to develop a philosophy of education first? A look at how to organize your hunt for the best curricula for your family.
This Curriculum Will Teach the Kids, Wash the Dishes AND Do the Laundry!
Mary McCarthy
As homeschoolers we have a lot of products and services to choose from. There are a lot of really great companies and individuals marketing homeschooling supplies and services. There are also a few "bad apples" in our basket. How can you tell the difference, and how can you know whether the products or services are worth what you are paying for them?


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