Choosing or Designing a Curriculum to Fit Each Child Volume 82, Program 28 6/4/2008
Curriculum hunting can be a little overwhelming when you’re homeschooling high school-age children and second-graders at the same time. On today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith, guest Carren Joye shares a few tips for finding the best curriculum when you’re teaching more than one child.
Carren, how do you choose a curriculum to suit as many of your children at one time as possible?
Well, it will be difficult to juggle two or three or more curriculum at one time, so it’s important to find a flexible and reusable curriculum that’s designed specifically for multiple children, and there are lots of them out there. Many of them are unit based, so that’s a kind of key word to look for when searching for a curriculum. Whether a family is purchasing or designing their own curriculum, I would recommend combining subjects as much as possible. They can do that with history and science and Bible. Beyond that, I would recommend catering to your oldest child. It’s easier to adapt a difficult program for an older child for younger children than it is to take a program for a young child and try to make it challenging enough for your older child. Another option would be, if they have two children close in age, choose a curriculum in the grade between those two grades. That way they can strike a balance between making it challenging enough for the older child and easy enough for the younger child. Of course, I would recommend choosing a curriculum that fits the family’s religious beliefs beyond anything else. And before investing any money I would ask around support groups and other homeschoolers to see what they use.
Thank you, Carren, that’s very helpful. And we look forward to talking to you more about this more tomorrow. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.
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