How to Choose Curriculum: Brown Bag Dinner Workshop

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling or you've been at it for years, chances are you're looking to buy some curriculum for next year. Maybe you are considering a full grade level package. Maybe you're just looking to fill in a few gaps - perhaps a spelling program or a foreign language curriculum.

 

Where do you start? Google "homeschool spelling curriculum" and you'll be overwhelmed with possibilities. Ask four different friends and you'll get four different opinions about the best option available. And, of course, each of the curriculum providers' websites makes their program sound like the perfect solution to your needs. How do you know what to choose?

 

Most homeschoolers take a trial-and-error approach to finding the best curriculum fit for their family. But might there be a better way? Is there some way to know that a curriculum will be a good fit for your family before you waste your money - not to mention time spent in tears and frustration - on a good curriculum that just isn't a good fit for your family? You want what's best for your children. How do you know which curriculum is the best???

 

The best curriculum is the one that best suits you and your children. There's nothing magical about any curriculum or approach to teaching any subject. It's about finding the right fit between your family and the curriculum. 

 

This workshop will walk you through a process that will maximize the chances of you finding the right fit the first time. It will help you get really clear about what you need, what you want, and what you will actually look forward to using with your children. It will help you identify the materials that will maximize the joy you feel while teaching and that your children feel while learning. 

 

You'll leave this workshop with a clear idea of the characteristics you need in a curriculum and a tool to use to evaluate curricula and programs against the criteria that make a curriculum ideal for your family. It will save you tons of time and money and help to ensure that next year is your best homeschooling year yet.

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