Thursday, March 19, 2009
It's That Time of Year.......
It's that time of year again, when we all start thinking about CURRICULUM!
This is when we look back over the last year and try to decide what worked, what didn't and what needs to be tweaked. We start looking at catalogs and browsing online. We hold curriculum shares and start looking forward to conventions. We pester everyone we know, asking what they use(d) and why. What they liked and didn't like. We are plagued with the idea that there might be something better, that somewhere out there is a treasure trove of curricula, yet undiscovered, that would be perfect.
Now, let me tell you a little secret.......................there is no perfect curriculum.
Sure, there are veteran homeschool mom's out there who seem to have found it. They've used the same thing for all ten children and it seems to have worked beautifully. But even they have peaked over the fence once or twice. Or wondered, "Is this really the best math program for little Johnny?". But they have discovered that sometimes there is value in simply sticking with what you know.
Then you have the mom's on the other side. The ones who could probably open their own curriculum store. They buy a new program every year and for every child! But you know what? Their children turn out beautifully also. They have discovered that there is value in change and spontaneity.
I've come to believe that it doesn't matter what books or curriculum you use. Or which method you follow. Or whether you stick with the same thing or change it up every year. All you really need is love, prayer and a willingness to teach.
God gave you children that are perfect for you. He has a plan for each one of them. And you're just part of that plan. If you think of it that way, you really can't mess up! It doesn't matter if you stick with the same thing. Or change it up every year. Or are somewhere in between. Your children will get the education God intended them to have because they got the mother He intended them to have.
So relax and have fun :o) Browse your catalogs and the internet. Ask questions and go to the convention. But don't be afraid to stick with what you're using, especially if it's working.