Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Finding the Right Homeschool Curriculum

...can be a daunting task.  Luckily, there's a new tool available to help us make good choices.

There are so many things to consider when deciding upon a curriculum : your child's learning style, your teaching style, what you have time for, how many students you have, etc. etc.   Now there is a tool, Home Ed Expert, that helps take into consideration our needs and desires and then comes forth with curriculum that will best fit our needs.   While many people worked to put this website together, Cathy Duffy, author of 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum, was one of its major contributors.


So, here's how it works.  Create an account with Home Ed Expert - its free.  You'll want to focus on just one of your students at a time.  The interview that you then go through is extensive (expect it to take a while  I think it took me about 30 minutes to get through the whole interview.).  You will be asked questions about what type of content you'd like, how you would like to implement it, and your general preferences when it comes to teaching.  Then, you will be asked lots of questions about your student (one at a time - you can enter in different information later if your kids have vastly differing learning styles). 

Immediately after the interview you will be presented with the results which are the curricula that best fit your profile.  We are changing our curriculum choices for this coming year.  What we used for this year, though a nice program, just didn't work for us.  Even though I had made my choices about what to use for next year, I did this interview and was pleased to find that I was pretty much on track with what I was picking out for next year (at least according to Home Ed Expert).  But it was also interesting to see a few suggestions pop up as strong matches that I just hadn't considered ever.

At this point (after you have your suggestions) you can then opt to buy your curriculum through Home Ed Shopper - which, again, is a handy tool.  The service takes your information and looks it up in several different shopping outlets to find you the best price.  I like that Home Ed Shopper does the work of comparing prices for me.  Its a time saver.  And, again, this is a free service.

So, if you need help deciding on or finding the best price on curriculum, try these two resources.  At the very least, its a good place to start.

-A

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