It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on homeschooling curriculum or homeschool books. Just by doing a little bit of research, you will be able to locate many resources to help build your own curriculum without making you broke. In my opinion it is so much better to make your own curriculum. That way, it won't be so hard to make last minute changes that suit the needs of your child. If you discover a method that works better for you and your child, you can easily add it. We get together as a family to choose literature for the semester.
We make it a goal to try and finish five to seven books in each semester. We don't go out of our way to buy specialized homeschool books for vocabulary or spelling. We just use the literature we've chosen for this. For instance, my kids will work on words and definitions by writing them in a notebook. Next week, these will also be their spelling words.
When we do history lessons, we study the time period of the classic literature we've been reading. Similarly, science lessons become an extension of the literature study when we review scientific discoveries of the period. When we format our homeschooling like this, it leads to some fascinating discussions at mealtimes.
When you approach learning this way, you have the flexibility to make adjustments according to your child's interest: You can study a work of literature in-depth, or you can just cover the basic facts. Unlike the hard rules of homeschool books, you can freely make changes when you create your own curriculum. One thing we do use regular homeschool books is for math.
However, we try to turn the standard math worksheets into something more interesting that will help the children incorporate the math skills into everyday life. For example, when we work on fractions, we do a lot of cooking. Understanding your child's needs and interests is one of the most important factors when creating your own curriculum.
By creating your own curriculum, you will be able to help your child in ways that the public education system never could. Don't worry about forking over a fortune just to buy homeschool books. You can build the curriculum your family needs by basing it around great literature.
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