Homeschooling is often a education for the parent as well as the child. No homeschooler knows everything, even someone who has been homeschooling as long as I have. However, I have been homeschooling long enough to give advice in areas I have experienced. In this case, the homeschooler has purchased a curriculum and quickly realized that they don’t like it.
Question: It is two weeks into the school year and I am finding that I don’t like the homeschool curriculum I chose. What do I do?
Answer: It is interesting that you asked that question because I am having the same issue with the language arts curriculum I purchased for my homeschooled kids. I spent $100.00 on the curriculum as reviews told me that it taught children how to write really well. After going through a few chapters, I can say that it definitely say that it does served the purpose of getting kids to write alot. But to finish the book in one year, the child would have to spend 10 hours a week working on it. This does not include reading time. Furthermore, even as a Christian, I find he curriculum too in your face evangelistic. So what am I going to do?
I am going to spend the weekend reading through it to salvage the parts I like and I will use it more as a resource than a curriculum. I will also look for grammar exercises, which I noticed the curriculum is missing and add that in.
Fortunately for me, my curriculum boo-boo was only for one subject and less than one hundred dollars. Other people have made mistakes that amount in hundreds, and even a couple of thousand. There are two things you can do when you have made such a high priced mistake.
First, you can try to resell the curriculum you don’t like. Just because you don’t like it does not mean that another homeschooler does not love and want it. In many cases you can recover the bulk of the money spent on the unwanted curriculum.
Second, you can tailor the curriculum to fit your personal needs. Sometimes a mistake is far too costly to abandon completely. As the homeschooling parent, however, it is up to you to decide if you are going to use to step by step as it was designed, or as a resource to help you homeschool your kids.
If you have a homeschool curriculum question, feel free to leave it in the comments section. It will be answered expeditiously.