Monday, May 7, 2012
Any veteran homeschool parent will tell you that searching for the right curriculum can drive you crazy. It might be easier for you, if you follow a particular educational philosophy, such as Montessori or Charlotte Mason, in your homeschool. But if you are like me, an eclectic homeschool teacher, you are on the dangerous road to insanity. There are hundreds of choices and countless websites devoted to helping you choose, implement, and purchase the right curriculum for your child. It can take up hours of your day and wake you up at night. What's even worse is that after spending countless hours and a hefty investment, the publisher may stop producing the curriculum. If this happens with a math curriculum, for example, you may have to reteach certain topics in order to be in sync with a new scope and sequence or different methodology. You may end up starting all over for each child, in order to teach to their unique learning style. You get the point. I do have some suggestions. For really thorough and helpful reviews, check out both Cathy Duffy's website and the Rainbow Resource online catalogue. Rainbow's prices are pretty good, and they carry almost everything you are looking for, including manipulatives and educational games. Frankly, I don't know how they do it, but I'm glad they do. Happy searching!