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Lisamarie423
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need support in georgia!

Postby Lisamarie423 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:10 pm

This is overwhelming! I keep changing my mind on which curriculum to use. Anyone out there as brand new as I am at homeschooling or knows what I am talking about??

Lily
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Postby Lily » Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:50 pm

:D We've all been there. I ended up creating an elimination list to narrow the options down:

1. Learning style - my kid did best with hands on, so I had to look for programs that could support that or I could make support that.

2. Fits into our desired scope, or is interesting enough to intrigue us. My son knew what he wanted to learn, so that was easy.

3. Availability - Needed to not require strange purchases that we might not be able to find. Everything inclusive or a list upfront.

4. Sturdiness. Math programs with paper manipulatives? No way. They had to stand up to repeated use.



We were able to narrow it down after that to one or two for each subject, and then my son picked from there. The good part? If we ended up not liking it, we could choose again the next year (or even that year!) when we knew more about other curriculums. I like not being held to one thing.
"The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist."
- M. Montessori
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Jill
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Postby Jill » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:21 am

Lily's right. I think we've all been there.

It took us nearly 3 years to "settle in" and figure out what worked for us. Don't get me wrong, they were learning the whole time, I just kept "tweaking" their programs (either by modifying them or changing completely) based on what I learned about the kids and what they needed to learn most effectively and the different programs and how they met those needs.

Best wishes!
Jill


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