When we were just getting started on our homeschool journey in 1996, we had four children ranging from 1 to 11. I had no idea how to start a home school! While I was excited about attending our first homeschool convention, I was overwhelmed by all the choices.
Not unlike most of you, our life was hectic, I was brand new to teaching, three of our children were coming out of public school and I needed to learn all of this information fast and make the best use of my time.
So I spent my “free time” online, subscribing to email newsletters and devouring articles and catalogs trying to learn from others who had gone before me. It took me awhile to become comfortable making curriculum choices.
I made a lot of mistakes! Eventually, though, I became a fairly confident, much more relaxed, eclectic homeschooler.
Now as part of my local community support group and homeschool co-op, I am the “go to” person for curriculum advice. Whether it is early childhood educational studies, math curriculum, history curriculum, books our family enjoyed, unit studies or study skills for high school and college, my fellow homeschoolers always want to know what curriculum I like and what has worked for our children.
Of course that is not too say that they always end up choosing the curriculum I like for their families. Each family has its own special needs when it comes to academic choices – that is the beauty of homeschooling. So I hope you will glean what you can from the homeschool products I recommend, and in the end make the choice that fits your family.
Be encouraged ~ you can do this!