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Two Plus Two Equals More
Volume 117, Program 33
10/16/2013
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Are you getting ready to homeschool for the very first time? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, Mike Smith speaks with Diane Kummer on how to select curricula that will help your children succeed.

Mike Smith:
Now we come to the question you’ve all been waiting for: what’s the perfect curriculum? Well, the short answer is, it really depends on the child! Today Diane Kummer, one of HSLDA’s high school consultants, joins me. Diane, welcome!

Diane Kummer:
Well, hi, Mike, I’m glad to be here with you today!

Mike:
Diane, what are a few things every mom should know when selecting curriculum for the very first time?

Diane:
Well, I have a few tips, Mike. First of all, don’t be overwhelmed by all the curriculum choices. Have fun sorting through the various options. Factors when choosing curriculum would include your family’s budget, and how much time Mom has available for lesson planning and teaching. So I encourage parents to read through homeschool catalogs and websites.

Attend your state homeschool conferences where you can actually take a look at various materials. Then, talk to other families about what they like and don’t like about the curriculum they use.

Finally, on the HSLDA website, we have webinars that will help you determine your child’s learning style. We also provide links to curriculum—from the early years all the way up through high school. That gives parents a good starting place to investigate curriculum choices.

Mike:
Diane, thank you for those tremendous insights! And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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