When the Homeschool Curriculum Does Not Work for Mom

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I am sure you have become an amazing homeschool curriculum researcher. It is a huge component of the homeschool job…What curriculum should I use? It’s the top question asked right after, “What about socialization?”

I could provide you with dozen of links and top 10 lists of things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum.

But here’s my question “What do you do when it is mom who hates the curriculum?” Do you preserve through it? Do you toss it? Do you admit to your friends, who all love it, that you can not teach it?

Last year I researched a certain curriculum to help my youngest son. I knew the hands-on approach would benefit him. I knew it was popular and well spoken about in the homeschool community.  I bought two years of the program certain he would navigate the first level quickly.

Then…I could not figure out how to teach it. I read the teacher guide. I struggled through a few lessons. I conveniently forgot to teach the subject for a few days. I tried the teacher guide again. I repeated the lessons. I stopped teaching the subject. The guilt set in.

Have you ever been in bed at night and have a teacher manual haunt your sleep?

The design of the program did not work for my learning style. It was not how I learned the subject and I could not get the information to click for me to be able to teach it.

Finally I boxed up the books to give away. I found another curriculum that still meets the needs of my son, but flows better for my teaching style.

Four Reasons to Give Away Homeschool Curriculum:

  1. When mom can not bring joy and excitement to the teaching, the kids will notice.
  2. When mom struggles and hides from the subject she is setting a bad example.
  3. When mom can not sleep at night, haunted by the teacher manual, the kids will notice her cranky mood.
  4. When mom is feeling like a homeschool failure, her family will notice.

If there is a homeschool curriculum that is not working for your teaching style…I support your choice to find something else that works for both you and your kids. Even if it is the most popular curriculum. Even if you spent a huge amount of money on it.

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Comments

  1. Jane says:

    I’m SO GLAD I found this. My youngest daughter is learning to read. After insane research, I chose for her learning style, The Beloved All About Reading.

    I just can’t.

    It helped her and made huge progress! She loved it! I loved that she was reading….but then it became SOOOO tedious to me. I started dreading it….skipping it….the nightmares…feeling like a homeschool mom failure!

    So we are getting the new hooked on phonics. SHE loves it. I love it!!! Everybody wins! We started with buying parts of the app to begin with, and it’s been great.

    Thank you so much for writing it!

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