Questions For a Homeschooling Mom Vol. 4
In Vol. 3, we talked about the level of patience one might need to homeschool your children. Here is the next question in the series Questions For a Homeschooling Mom:
What curriculum do you use?
Answer: The short answer to this question is A Beka Book.
There is actually a lot of Homeschool curriculum available. So much that it could be overwhelming. When I first started homeschooling, 7 years ago now, I found A Beka and that’s what I stuck with. I use what they call an out of the box curriculum. I just order the entire grade straight from A Beka. Sometimes I will get it from book sales, etc. but I still stick with all of A Beka’s curriculum.
The reason I do it this way is because I do tend to get overwhelmed at all of the curriculum that is available. However, I have found over the past year or so that I do not need to be overwhelmed and it’s not as bad as I’ve made it out to be. There is a lot out there and it’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t.
The other reason I have stayed with A Beka is that I do like the curriculum. I have also been purchasing the curriculum for so long that I have a lot invested in all of the books. Now each year, I just have to buy the consumables for each of the other kids. The consumables are the workbooks and the items that the kids write in, tests, quizzes, etc. It’s hard for me to justify starting over with a whole new curriculum.
Homeschooling this way has worked out for my oldest, Dylan, because he has been able to keep up well with A Beka’s curriculum. I have found out through other homeschool parents that A Beka is actually a fairly tough curriculum though. I’m also finding out with my other kids that I might not be able to keep doing straight A Beka with them. So far they are keeping up but I did change out a different spelling program that seemed to work better for my daughter, Abbie. As we go forward, if I find that they struggle in any other subjects, then I’ll look into different curriculum.
Joining a homeschool group is a great way to find out about curriculum. My homeschool group meets once a month. During one of our meetings we actually each brought in some of our curriculum so that we could compare and ask questions.
Book sales are not only great for finding curriculum at bargain prices but the people selling those books will have a ton of information for you. Ask questions. See what worked well for them and what didn’t. This is where I bought the spelling curriculum that I’m using for Abbie. It’s called AVKO. It’s a great sequential spelling program.
Homeschool conferences and fairs are also great ways to learn about new curriculum. I haven’t been able to go to one yet but we have one in our area called Mache. You can find so much information at a conference like this. Look around in your area to see if you have anything similar.
The great thing about homeschooling is that you have the option to be flexible with your curriculum so you can tailor it to your child. There is plenty of information out there, it’s just narrowing it down and finding what is right for you and your child.