Can you believe we are half way thru the school year already? It seems like just yesterday we were picking curriculum and starting the school year. Now we are at the halfway point and having to take a realistic look at our homeschool and curriculum. It can leave you asking one question. Do I need to switch curriculum?
Do I Need to Switch Curriculum
I want to give one quick disclaimer. This will differ depending on your homeschool and your walk of life. Please take these as suggestions and not hard fact.
It can be so hard to decide if you should push thru your curriculum and keep moving or decide to make a switch. Over the last 8 years of homeschooling, I have had to make a few switches. I am sharing this with the intention of showing you some of the questions I asked and some of the reasons I chose to make the switch or stay the course.
Is it a fit for your child?
There are some amazing curriculum options out there for homeschooling. However, not every curriculum option is a fit for every child. One of the benefits of homeschooling is customizing your child’s education. Take some time to look at the child you are teaching.
- Does the curriculum fit their learning style?
- Are you trying to make a curriculum option fit simply because it is what you have?
- Is your child struggling to learn using this curriculum?
- Do you need to change just one portion of your curriculum?
Is it a fit for your season of life?
In the past, I was a stay at home mom. I was able to invest all day into teaching and growing my kids. Over the last year, I have become a work from home mom. This has changed my approach to homeschooling as well as what curriculum will and won’t work. I have had to reevaluate some fantastic curriculum thru the lens of my situation.
- Can you teach this curriculum with your current season of life?
- Is there room in your day for the way the curriculum works?
- Is there a curriculum option that would work better with your current season while still working with the way your child learns best?
Would a change help your relationship with your child?
When my oldest was homeschooled, math created a very serious divide in our relationship. I could teach her almost everything else but when we were using Saxon Math, we fought. It wasn’t pretty. I had to make a decision for the sake of our relationship to leave Saxon math and make a switch. Switching to Teaching Textbooks saved our relationship and helped us to better get along.
- Is the curriculum hindering your relationship with your child?
- Are you investing more time into the curriculum than your relationship with the child?
- Would moving to another curriculum give you the freedom to invest more in your relationship with that child?
Would a change give you more time to focus in other areas?
Sometimes we get so set in a routine as homeschool parents that we forget to look at other options. I think it is very healthy to reassess what you are doing and see if your time could be better invested elsewhere. If you take an honest look at your curriculum as it stands, could you focus on another subject more if you weren’t teaching one the way you currently are?
- What in your routine would change if you switched up your curriculum?
- What would you have more time for if you changed up your curriculum?
Can you afford a switch?
Sometimes our hearts are in a switch but our wallets don’t agree. It is important to look at the financial side of things. Homeschool families can quickly break their bank if they aren’t careful. It is very important to look at the financial side of the equation and make sure that a switch is responsible. If what you have isn’t working, there are ways to make a switch for less. Please don’t stay in a situation you shouldn’t be in because of finances.
- What can you afford to buy?
- Is there a promo code out or discount you can get for the new curriculum option?
- Can you buy used? Can you work with options like a co-op or Facebook buy/sell group?
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