Creating your own homeschooling curriculum will certainly take a lot of work in the beginning, but if you can not find one curriculum that works this may be the best method for your children. Piecing together your own curriculum can really be considered sort of eclectic learning. Below you will find several ideas, and suggestions on how you can create your own homeschool curriculum.
Take one subject at a time
The first thing you will want to do is piece together information focusing on one subject at a time. This will help to keep you from getting overwhelmed. You can divide all of the information into separate subject binders. I have often found it to be a good idea to hit the stores during the back to school season, when all of the supplies are deeply discounted. This way you can really load up on the binders, so if you need more than one binder per subject you will have what you need.
Do your research
The most important thing when it comes to creating your own homeschool curriculum is to take the time, and research each separate subject. I have found that reading the different homeschooling, and teaching forums is very beneficial. This will give you an idea of how the programs have worked for other hoemschoolers. Of course you do not want to base your decision on what others do, but it helps to get different viewpoints. It is also important to remember that different programs are made for different learning styles.
Follow your child’s learning style
If you do not know what your child’s learning style is, it is well worth the effort to take the time, and find out. There are simple online tests that you can have your child take in order to determine what time of learning style they are best suited for. Of course this is not always necessary. If you are starting your child out on the kindergarten level, you can set up your curriculum for the first year, and tweak it along the way as needed.
Calculate the number of weeks
If you have a state requirement to spend a certain number of days, and hours doing school you will want to calculate how many weeks of lessons you need. Even if your state does not require a certain number of weeks or hours, you should still focus on a start, and end time for each grade level. This will allow your child plenty of time off from work, as well as needed family break time.