Struggling with homeschool curriculum is a common problem for parents that teach their children. There are different reasons that a set curriculum may not work for you, or your students. They may be bored or overwhelmed. You may find it as difficult to teach as it is for them to learn.
When you have decided that your homeschool curriculum is just not working, what do you do? Read on to find out ways you can solve the issues and still have a successful homeschool year!
Figure out the problem.
Pinpoint the exact issues with the homeschool curriculum you are using. It is too much for your child? Are you or your student stressed out at the material or amount of work? Talk to your child about the curriculum and come together on the reasons it just isn’t working.
Adapt to your child’s learning needs.
Once you determine the problem with your homeschool curriculum, make changes where possible until it is more suited for you and your child.
Maybe you need to remove some of the lessons, or supplement with other material so your child can grasp certain concepts. Maybe he enjoys half of the work, but you need to adjust the other half by switching to another program.
Toss out the idea of perfect.
No homeschool curriculum is perfect for every parent and child out there. We all have different abilities and needs. Thinking you can find the “PERFECT” curriculum and that you should continue to force it in your homeschool is just not a good idea. The faster you let go of the need for perfection, the easier homeschooling will be for everyone!
Choose something else entirely.
Though homeschool curriculum programs are not cheap, if you continue trying to use one that just isn’t working, you may make things difficult for you and your child. When it’s time to toss a curriculum and find something better, be okay with letting go.
Find a family to swap the materials with, so you can try something else with your student without losing more money and before making an investment. You could also sell the program and use that money to fund a new one.
It’s important that you identify when the homeschool curriculum isn’t working for you or your child. You don’t want to continue using a program that isn’t cutting it. Follow the tips above to decide the next steps to take once you have decided the chosen curriculum just isn’t right for your family.