June 15, 2017

Curriculum Shopping | Finding the Right Curriculum

With the last school year ended, it is time to start looking and buying next years curriculum. Choosing curriculum can be fun but overwhelming if you aren't sure where to start.

I start by listing what subjects I want to teach this year. Once I have that listed I give myself a budget. It is very easy to over spend when it comes to curriculum. 

I like to include in my list what things I am looking for in each subject. Things like is it Christian based, Secular, or the types of areas I want covered.

I made up a printable that I used to make up my subject list and curriculum I wanted to look into more. You can get it HERE

When I have my budget and list of subjects together it is time to start researching and reading reviews on the different types of curriculum out there. I tend to just go to my search engine and type in things like History Homeschool Curriculum or 6th grade Homeschool Math Curriculum. This usually brings up a mix of reviews and publishers that have what I am looking for. 

Once you have an idea of curriculum you are interested in, it's time to get your hands on it. A couple ways to do this is to go to Homeschool Conventions or in a Store. You can usually find Samples online also.

Now that you have figured out what you are going to use; purchase it. Keep an eye out for sales from the publishers or even used curriculum through Amazon or Facebook groups. 

After it is ordered comes the waiting period, but once it is delivered it feels like Christmas morning when you get to open all of the packages and really dive into each book. 

What's your favorite part about Curriculum Shopping? Any tips for those who may just be starting out with Homeschooling?

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