As home educators, it’s an incredible benefit to have the array of homeschool curriculum choices and options for the homeschool year that we have before us! To serve our students in the best ways possible, we must give attention to these 3 tasks before summer draws to a close.
Reflecting back on what worked well and what did not should be top-priority as we think seriously about the school year that just passed. Make lists, brainstorm, and be honest as you mull the answers to questions like the ones here…
Questions to ask yourself about last year…
- Did my students master the content from last year?
- What areas do I need to cover again?
- Did we like our curriculum choices last year?
- What subjects might he/she take online?
- Are there any community college class options for my students?
- Does our curriculum fit our schedule needs? For example, do we need more digital learning for on-the-go?
- How much time do we allow for extra activities like sports & music lessons?
- Have I asked my students what they are excited to do & learn this coming year?
Perhaps it’s been a few weeks since you considered the finished school year. If so you’re not alone! This is the perfect time to consider these questions! Gather up each student’s books to make room for the new items you will purchase for the upcoming year. As you do this, take time to look through their work and materials giving special consideration to the questions above. Make some notes for yourself. For example: “Michael Scott did not master multiplication this year.” Keep these notes close by to use (in steps 2 & 3, the planning & purchasing) as you select the best homeschool curriculum for the fall.
This is the next crucial part of facilitating successful learning and a successful next year. Have any notes you made close by! These notes will be of great help to you as you browse the array of curriculum choices before you. Make sure to look specifically toward satisfying the needs of each student. For example: If Michael Scott will be working on mastering multiplication, make sure to select a math curriculum/ supplemental item to accomplish that goal for him in the upcoming year. Please keep this in mind, though: No teacher will ever plan a perfect year… a good educator will monitor and adjust along the way. The exercise of planning simply gives you a roadmap to start another academic year with direction. It’s a must and there’s no better time than these longer summer days to do it! There are many, many curriculum choices and the process can be quite overwhelming. I suggest investing a great deal of time on the review website linked below:
Finally, let’s entertain the PURCHASING part of this refreshing season! After choosing your curriculum (part of the planning stage mentioned above) its now time to shop. Yes! Once you have discovered the curriculum that serve your needs the best, there are plenty of ways to seek out good deals. I will share some sites below! In the days that follow purchasing, packages will begin to arrive… and, if you’re like me, these deliveries are as exciting as Christmas morning! Smile big and be thankful for the blessing of providing a QUALITY education of your precious students. High five, teach! 🙂
Here are a few sites I use to buy curriculum:
- Homeschool buyers coop http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org
- Apologia http://www.apologia.com
- Rainbow resource http://www.rainbowresource.com
- Timberdoodle.com http://www.timberdoodle.com
- Christianbook.com http://www.Christianbook.com
- eBay.com (many good deals here)
I hope this is helpful to you. Each year, I too, go through the musts of SELF-REFLECTION, PLANNING & PURCHASING for the upcoming year. After that, we can all take a deep breath, kick back & relax to enjoy the long summer days we have left knowing that your future self will thank you! 😅
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