Curriculum Overload


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As a new homeschooling mom I think I am having curriculum overload.  Is this normal?  I have heard so many different things about ways to approach home education that I am now trying to figure out what is best for my children.  For now, I am going to try a packaged curriculum (A Beka) with my oldest daughter (8) and a variety with my Kindergartner just because she is still so young.  And well, my toddler I will just be giving her age appropriate things to do in the mean time.

I of course want to eventually figure out what their learning styles are and I am definitely prepared that each girl will be different.  My head is spinning just thinking about it.  For all of you moms that have been homeschooling for two years or longer, what do you suggest?  I guess because I am just starting out I will have to play around with different learning styles and curriculum’s until I figure out what is best for them.  My concern is how pricey some of these curriculum’s tend to be.

I think my curriculum overload began when I attended my first homeschool book sale a few weeks back.  Talk about wow!  There were so many to choose from.  At first I was super excited then that bubble completely burst when I couldn’t figure out what was best.  Because I am familiar with A Beka curriculum I just jumped on that for now for third grade.  The Learn @ Home series with a variety of supplements is what I will be working with for my Kindergartener.

Have any of you ever tried  I have heard mixed reviews about it.  I am currently doing a free trial and then doing a blog review for them.  So far, the only thing I have noticed that it doesn’t seem to be perfect for complete homeschooling.  I see it more as a supplement or summer sharpener.  Please share with me your experiences with Time4Learning if any.

I am still also searching for the best foreign language curriculum or program for homeschoolers.  If you know of any or are currently using one that has been successful for your children, I would love to hear from you.

I guess I just need the assurance that my feelings are completely normal and I am not going crazy with all my rollercoaster feelings.  Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to begin this homeschooling journey but boy, do I feel like I am heading into this completely blind.  I look forward to your comments and connecting with many of you in the future!  Maybe some of you that are also new to homeschooling will be attending Ward Church’s Homeschool Fellowhip in Northville on August 15th at 7pm, If so, I will see you there.

Happy Homeschooling!