So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool

That all-in-one curriculum usually isn’t…

All-in-One CurriculumMany of you know the story behind why we started homeschooling.  If not, you can head over here for a moment and find out.  At any rate, we started our first homeschool year with K12.

I loved K12 initially, and I still do enjoy many aspects of it.  Over the past couple of years, however, I’ve learned that because each child is different, several subjects generally need to be taught differently.

This meant that the all-in-one K12 program wasn’t working for us.  Sure, Babydoll loves the history and science programs, but the math, language arts, music, and other components left something to be desired.

It wasn’t until our second year of homeschooling that I began to follow other homeschool mom blogs.  I quickly learned that there was a whole new world of curriculum out there.  I subsequently found items that met Babydoll’s needs much better than the all-in-one we were using.

That’s not to say that an all-in-one curriculum never works; I’ve heard of many homeschoolers who love them and use them for many years.  It can be a great option for many people.  I do, however, feel that it is important for homeschoolers to know about all of their options.

There are several ways to accomplish this goal:

  • Seek out homeschool groups prior to starting homeschooling
  • Ask other homeschool moms you might know for recommendations
  • Attend curriculum show and tell days
  • Just go with the all-in-one and work through it and evolve over time

We chose the last one, and know what?  We’re surviving, thriving even.  It won’t be the end of the world; you’ll make sure your children have exactly what they need.