How To Choose A Homeschool Curriculum For Each Type Of Student
1. Start with the general, and move to the specific
Spend some time observing. I’m a homesteader, and we have lots of farm animals – the herd of goats or the flock of chickens – if we get any sort of sickness or trouble on the farm it’s because I’m not observing. And there is SUCH a joy in sitting out in my camping chair, and just noticing the animals – are any by themselves, is anyone limping – how is their activity level and interaction with one another, with me? So sorry to offend, but kids are the same. Watch them. No agenda. Pull up a chair, maybe a book or magazine so they don’t think you’re stalking them. (No phone either – no chance for pictures will help them relax and be more of themselves, no performance interfering.)
What are you watching for? What do they do? Do they move quickly, sit for long periods of time, use their hands, are they narrating a lot and chatting to themselves or you? Are they drawn to lots of busy patterns, or more simple colors and muted patterns. Where do the go – to a darker color, or out into the bright sunlight? Just watch. If you have lots of kids, you might make notes. (It’s true – it’s hard to remember, especially in those heavily physical weeks and months of babies and toddlers.)
Just NOTING these things will help you as you peruse curriculum. You’ll find similarities in the preferences of your children’s pastimes without even noticing. As you pick and choose, you’ll start noticing things like font, white space, number of activities and games, color choices and textures. Sift through the options slowly and then watch your child again. Which one is BEST?
~ Video Classes (I don’t recommend this one alone)
~ Textbook, Notes, Video or Audio instruction (YES!!! DING DING DING!)
~ Workbooks with Audio
2. Play to their strengths
3. How much time do you actually have?
4. Check for built in markers.
5. Ask them.
Every Homeschooled Child Is Different And Has Different Needs
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I hope these five tips give you a quick frame work – you may have noticed that this really plays to the three learning styles (Visual, Audio, and Tactile) and a little to their personalities and birth order (introverts, extroverts, helpers, observers and solo learners). There are a LOT of books on these subjects, but you don’t have time to be an expert in all those areas. You CAN be an expert on each child in your home. Go! Observe…. and ENJOY!
Meet The Author
About Señora Gose…
I am a happily married mother of five children, small business owner, as well as a founder & board member of the Community Homeschool Center, in Bryan, Texas. I am a certified Texas Public School Teacher who thrived on teaching in the Public school system before we began our family. So for 21 years now, I have been teaching Spanish and public speaking to homeschool students weekly in a classroom setting!
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