#1 Review all curricula for satisfaction
For those who keep a traditional school schedule, half the school year is nearly over. It’s time to see how far we’ve come and to determine if any changes to our curriculum would move us forward. Simple Homeschool and The Mommy Mess both have great questions for us to answer as we do this mid-year review. Upside Down Homeschooling shares a free mid-year review printable just for this purpose.
#2 Discuss changes for what doesn’t work
If you’ve determined that a particular curriculum doesn’t work for you or your child, you don’t necessarily have to quit using it and buy something else. Would you like it better if:
- You did half of the exercises / activities?
- Your child began using the curriculum independently, with others, or with you?
- You used it as a supplement, pulling out the most valuable material?
I’ve used all three of these approaches to a curriculum that at first didn’t seem like it was working and have had great success. I encourage you not to wait until after Christmas to make the change. It may make a world of difference in how you see the curriculum.
#3 Research options
Sometimes, no matter what you do, a curriculum or teaching approach just isn’t the right fit. Then it’s time to do some more research. If you did the curriculum challenge, you may want to return to the information you gathered then.
#4 Purchase / List items
Fortunately, many curriculum providers have materials on sale and many homeschoolers like you choose now to sell their used curriculum. You may pick up a bargain.
How have your curriculum choices been working for your family so far?
Here is the December 2014 printable Organized Homeschool calendar and a list of previous challenges: