Do you know what the PERFECT homeschool curriculum looks like? Let me let you in on a little secret. It looks exactly like what works best for your individual learner. There really is no secret.
What is perfect for me will not be perfect for you. And, chances are, it won’t be perfect straight out of the box. I can’t think of any curriculum that I use exactly how the publisher designed it. Their design was not perfect for my kids. We may use it “almost” the way it was designed, but I’ve tweaked almost every purchase I’ve made to fit our lifestyle/learning style/schedule/etc.
The Perfect Homeschool Curriculum
Don’t be a slave to your curriculum. Don’t be afraid to make your curriculum work for you. If you need to move faster or slower than the publisher’s schedule, do it. Do you only need part of the lessons? That’s fine. Do what works best for your kiddos and their learning needs. That’s the beauty of homeschooling.
We love our history curriculum, but I beef it up a bit with videos and extra reading assignments. We complete notebooking pages to record what’s being learned. We’ve added lapbooks to our science and literature studies to bring an extra hands-on element to our studies. We slowed way down with our Latin curriculum taking two weeks instead of one to complete each unit. We love finding songs to help us memorize math facts or history dates.
You do not have to do every activity, lesson, or writing assignment in your curriculum. You are not a slave to your teacher’s manual. For instance, our grammar curriculum assigns a lot of writing in each lesson. This stresses Emma out so we do most of the work orally. That makes the curriculum work for me and for her.
Another thing we’ve learned is that what works for one kid may not work for another. There are years when one of my children has used a different program than the other kids, because what worked for the others didn’t work for him.
Find what you like and make it work for you. That’s the beauty of homeschooling!