Choosing a homeschool curriculum can be a challenging task. Your choice is extremely important because it will impact your child’s worldview and their love for learning. When selecting a curriculum, it's important to consider your child's learning style, their individual needs, and your budget. It's also important to choose a curriculum that aligns with your state's homeschooling laws and requirements. Here are some steps you can follow to choose a homeschool curriculum:
1. ·Research your state's homeschooling laws and requirements. This will help you understand what you need to include in your child's education. We also recommend consulting the Home School Legal Defense Association.
2. ·Consider your child's learning style and individual needs. Some children learn best through hands-on activities, while others prefer more structured lessons. Because one size doesn’t fit all, Master Books offers curriculum options that will fit varying learning styles. For instance, the Let’s Talk Science series for elementary students is known for it’s easy, hands-on learning activities and educational storyline. Some families prefer the God’s Design elementary science series which offers more reading, some experimentation, and is easily adapted for teaching multiple ages.
In fact, the Master Books Method of Education integrates the unique learning styles into the lessons so the homeschool teacher can customize each child’s education. In the top-ranked Language Lessons for a Living Education series, you will find an instructional blend of stories, copywork, oral narration and hands-on experience to bring concepts to life.
Our curriculum choices are designed and curated by experienced home educators. We encourage you to view your role as the carpenter of your child’s education. Then the curriculum becomes the tool you use to build a custom educational experience for your children.
3. Thoroughly research the worldview or philosophies the curriculum imparts to the student. Many families choose homeschooling to protect their students from Godless ideologies promoted in the public, private, and in some cases, Christian schools.
When shopping for a Christian curriculum, research to see if the Bible is taught throughout the course or if Scripture is merely tacked onto the lesson. Some are marketed as “Christian,” but fail to exalt God, His way, and His Word over humanity as their own source of truth and authority.
At Master Books, we deliberately publish with your student’s eternal salvation (life as a child of God through the saving work of Jesus Christ), as being the most important goal. Every subject is taught from a biblical worldview and reveals the Bible as completely trustworthy and the guide for all of life. Academic excellence and life application of each subject being taught also guide every decision we make about the books we publish.
We strongly encourage you to ask thoughtful questions about the biblical foundations of every homeschool resource you consider. You can preview a PDF of every resource we publish at MasterBooks.com to help you make an informed decision.
4. Consider your budget. Many homeschool curriculum options can be expensive, so it's important to choose one that fits your budget. You also need to consider that the solution you start with may not fit your family’s learning needs. So, it is important to have the financial freedom to change when it is necessary.
At Master Books, we create our curricula solutions to be beautiful, extremely affordable, and flexible. Because we are aware that you are likely purchasing for several children who vary in age, our full-color workbooks are some of the most reasonably priced on the market.
We also offer digital options for books, workbooks, and teacher guides so you can print from home as needed. This allows you to use the same resource for multiple children over many years. You can print only what is necessary saving time and money.
5. Talk to other homeschoolers and learn what has worked to meet their unique needs. We offer expert-staffed online communities for homeschool families who are using or considering Master Books curriculum. We invite you to the Master Books App and the Moms of Master Books Facebook group to ask other homeschool parents and our well trained moderators your questions. Inside the app, you will find groups based on grade levels, special needs, home life, and more.
6. It's important to find a curriculum that works for your child and your family. Don't be afraid to try something new. If a particular curriculum isn't working for your child, don't be afraid to try something different. We call this a homeschool reset. Learn how homeschool Moms, Anna and Rachel, have managed the need for a reset with their individual students in these podcast episodes:
We invite you to subscribe to the Master Books podcast and our YouTube channel to learn more about choosing your homeschool curriculum and teaching your family a love for learning. Our company has focused on publishing with eternity in mind since 1975. We would be honored to partner with you to supply the resources you need to feed your family’s faith in God and raise world changers for His glory.