One of the many challenges of home schooling is being able to decide which curriculum you want to use. In some cases one curriculum may have a better language arts program. Another program may have a better math program. It really does vary depending on the curriculum and your child’s personality. Finding what works when it comes to your child can take a little bit of trial and error on your part.
If you find that you want to use multiple programs a schedule is a must. It is often best to have things neatly organized so that you and your child will be clear on what needs to be done. There is really nothing wrong with using multiple homeschooling programs especially since there are some school systems that do this as well. When you find something that works stick with it. The main idea is to make sure that your child is learning the information that they need.
I have found it best to look at your state standards for your child’s grade level. This way you will know if the program you are using is teaching what your child needs to know. In many cases it is just that the programs use different methods to teach the same things. Take the time to find your child’s best learning method.
When it comes to choosing which program you want to use price also comes into the picture. Take the time and look at the price of the programs as well. You do not want to use bits and pieces of different programs and allow the other pieces to gather dust. There are plenty of online websites that allow you to swap curriculum with other homeschoolers. This way you can get the part of the program that you want, and you can give your part to another parent. Swapping items is really a great idea, and this will help to ensure that you get your monies worth. Remember that if you are considering using multiple programs, you will not want to bombard your child all at once. Try out complete programs first, and if your child struggles with a certain area, then you may want to try something different just for that subject. Last but not least you will not want overlook the fact that there is plenty of free printable resources online as well. These are just a few simple ideas and suggestions, that may help when considering to use multiple programs when homeschooling.