If you are considering buying a homeschool curriculum you may like to consider the following points. Make sure that you review the different options available before you finally settle on one. Get opinions from friends who are actually using different products and vouch for them. Fix a budget that works for you and then stick to it.
You may want to look into possible discounts that can be offered before you purchase a product as well. The best time for scooping up discounts is in spring or early summer. Okay, now that you know what all you should do when buying a homeschool curriculum, lets take a closer look at what you should not do.
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Don’t buy one just because the neighbor did
As a parent one can get swayed by the thought that the curriculum being used is not as good as the expensive one that some friend bought for their child. A child’s education is not a play field for “keeping up with the Joneses”. If you are working fine without a curriculum and your child is progressing as per plan reconsider the urge to buy one.
Don’t spend more than you planned to
If you genuinely feel that your child’s learning will progress better in the structure of a formal curriculum, go ahead and buy one. Chalk out a budget which you feel comfortable spending on the material. Remember getting something expensive is not going to guarantee a good return on the investment. Your making good use of the resources you purchase for your child, on the other hand will make a huge difference.
Don’t think you have to do everything
It pays to understand that the curriculum is a guide and not a compulsion. While you may find it easier to follow the directions given in some topics, it may not be all that practical for others. Maybe you simply don’t have time to do all the suggested activities and are feeling guilty about it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t finish every thing given in the book as long as the concept is clear to your child.
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