There are more and more parents every year who have reached the conclusion that educating their children at home has become a much better option than what the public schools today have to offer. The advantage is to homeschooling are many among the top that homeschooling has to offer is the flexibility of the scheduling and knowing that your child is be presented with and learning the values and morals that are important to your family.
When it comes to homeschooling there are many different types of homeschooling approaches that you will no doubt come across in your research. Probably the most common type of approach taken today would be best described as an eclectic approach. This is where the parents over time have come to use various components of several different approaches and combined them into an overall educational process that works best for their child and their family.
Many parents when they just start out seem overwhelmed by all of the information available. And believe me, there is a vast amount of information available. Don’t panic, you’ll sort through it in time and find what works best for you and your family. Don’t grind to a halt and suffer from paralysis by analysis just because you try to gather more information than anyone could possibly process.
For this reason, many families choose to go with a packaged curriculum. Although initially you might feel as though a packaged curriculum is not within your budget, if you are just starting out this may be the best and most organized way for you to begin. You can always take what you learn from a packaged curriculum and develop your own model.
As you look through all the possibilities for homeschooling your child and all of the programs out there, keep in mind that any homeschooling program under its packaged for your own needs to follow the natural growth pattern of your child. In other words, you’ll want to find or develop a package that contains not only a natural progression in the subject matter, but you’ll also want to be mindful of any documentation that is required by your state and local regulations.
I would think that it would be safe to say that for the majority of homeschooling parents their curriculum has developed over time. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t have everything perfectly aligned in the beginning. This is one of the great advantages to homeschooling… you don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to follow a perfect schedule.