What to Look for when Choosing Curricula

It is usually about this time of year when the homeschooling catalogs start coming in the mail. I gather them into a big pile and, like a kid in a candy shop, I pore over the pages.  I love browsing homeschooling curricula. There is so much promise and potential in new school books.

But I have learned that beyond glossy pages and full-color pictures,  there are certain things that make for effective curricula. There are good books, and then there are great books. Here are ten criteria to think about when shopping for next year’s school books:

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Remember This When You Plan Your Curriculum

Outside of our house the azaleas are in full bloom, the tulips have come up, and the warm weather beckons my children to study and play outside. It’s spring. Yay! And so it’s that time of year when I begin to plan next year’s curriculum. Double Yay! Planning curriculum is one of my favorite things to do. That’s when I dream of all the wonderful things my children will learn and all the delightful books we will read aloud together. Eight years of homeschooling has not dimmed my enthusiasm for planning and curriculum. But they have taught me some hard-learned lessons which keep me grounded in reality even while I dream of all the promise and potential that a new school year holds.

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