Letting go. Admitting we were wrong. The idea of failure. Wasted money. These are all the fears we have when we realize we may have made the wrong curriculum choice. That feeling is grueling, but more than I would like to admit, many of us have gone through it.
LET IT GO.
Sometimes in homeschool – most of the time for some of us—choosing what works for our children is trial and error. If we have more than one child, you will shortly learn that some curriculum works for one and not the other. It is tough!
I had this brilliant idea to have my daughter do a year of full online curriculum. She is such a studious child. She studies and loves learning. However, sitting in front of a computer for all those hours was just not conducive to her learning style. She needed to be challenged and she needed some variety. That was a really expensive lesson.
We stuck it out through the year, but it was enough to make my daughter dread online lessons. I almost wish I would have stopped at the first sign of it not working for her, no matter the cost. I learned the hard way, but you don’t have to waste a whole year to admit that your curriculum is not working for your child.
Here are a few things to look out for in your child to know if the curriculum is not working for them:
- Crying 3 -5 days of the school week
- Finishing too quickly or procrastinating to get the work done
- Complaining the work is dumb or too hard.
If your kids do any of these for a prolonged period of time, stop and evaluate what can be going wrong. I know sometimes it’s hard to just leave curriculum if you have invested in it or can’t really afford anything else that year. So here are a few things to do in meantime.
Adjust the curriculum to meet your family’s needs. Take out the child’s most difficult subject and supplement it with:
- a tutor
- freebies for that subject
- working through the material at a slower pace
- finding a co-op to help teach that subject
- Look for online resources such as YouTube videos or Khan Academy
- Try online unit studies
If you have attempted these and still know it’s not working then that’s OK. You may have to move on.
Here is what we should rejoice about when changing the curriculum. We WILL find something that works for our kids. We WILL one day realize we didn’t do such a bad job. OUR kids will get breakthrough in a concept they may have been struggling with for months. Your kids DID learn SOMETHING.
Don’t have regrets. The fact is the wrong curriculum choices will lead to the right ones.
You will know when it’s time to admit that Your Curriculum is Not Working for Your Child. When you do, give yourself much grace, and count it all joy.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!
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