How do I choose curriculum and where can I get it?
Whether you are new to the area or brand new to homeschooling one of your biggest concerns may be choosing curriculum and, even more importantly, getting it without breaking your budget!
Before I go on, I want to encourage you to take a couple of weeks off, at least, just to do your research and find out what your teaching style may be, what your child’s learning style may be, whether you want to hire a consultant or figure it all out on your own. Your child/ren won’t get behind because you take a couple of weeks off. Homeschooling allows us to have a much more personal educational experience with our children. It’s more important that you get started with a bit of information under your belt, find a local support group and not panic.
There are a lot of options out there. So many that it can be extremely frustrating trying to figure out what to do. Some experienced homeschoolers may offer a service of guiding or consulting with you for a fee to help you decide what curriculum choices may be right for your family. Another way to learn about curriculum is to join yahoo groups and ask questions. There are so many yahoo groups for homeschoolers and many are specialized for different learning styles, special needs, etc. Go to groups.yahoo.com and put in some search terms for the kind of needs you may have. For instance, if your child has add, autism, is a righ-brained learner, you are considering a type of homeschooling such as relaxed, unschool, high school, preschool, etc. The options are rather endless just as the choices in curriculum.
We have a Homeschool Bookstore here in Pensacola that sells used books, equipment and learning tools on consignment. They are located on the north end of Pensacola Blvd. This is an excellent place to actually be able to look at the books you might consider using. Another option for buying books is buying them online. There are a number of online bookstores including Amazon.com, Textbooksrus.com, half.ebay.com, etc. Amazon is the largest but some of the others have lower shipping prices. Please be sure to check the sellers ratings before buying from these resources. While most are reputable sellers, some may not be. Their feedback scores and buyer ratings will tell you if they are good service providers. Many times you can get the best deals from these places. Amazon does have the very best reviews on books so, whether you buy from there or not you can always get information from their site. I sell books on a variety of these venues so if you ever have any questions about buy from these resources please let me know. I will be happy to help any way I can.
Another way to actually look at curriculum is to attend homeschool conventions or fairs. Many times there are so many options to look at it is difficult to make any decisions but it is a great place to actually see some of the things available. There may also be used book fairs from time to time. I believe that there is one here in Pensacola at least once a year.
As you can see there are lots of options for learning about curriculum as well as curriculum to choose from. Check your local resources, homeschool groups, local stores and local consultants first and do your research online. Buy online wisely and don’t be afraid to buy used materials. Do watch out for used materials that are workbook-type curriculum. Some may have a few things done in them but that isn’t too bad if you get it at the right price. Find out what your teaching style is and your child/rens learning styles are. While you are taking the time to learn about yourself and what is available for you, you can have your children choose books to read, get a Netflix membership and watch history and science videos, etc. and RELAX! Enjoy learning WITH your children!
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