When you set out to homeschool, you may already know what curriculum you want to use. I was not that lucky. When I started looking for a program, I was completely taken aback by the number of homeschooling curricula I found. Having gone through the public school system, and always just assuming that my kids would also go through that system, I never really thought about how many options were out there. The only thing I knew I was looking for, was an online secular curriculum.
There are a couple of main reasons why most families choose an online secular curriculum.
In this day and age, people aren’t shying away from technology. I know for me, I wanted something online because neither myself, nor my kids, were fans of workbooks. There was too much preparation and planning and there were just so many other things we could be doing with our time. The kids felt so limited with what they could work on and when.
An online secular curriculum is also important for many because while they are teaching their kids about their faith (if of course, there is a faith or spiritual belief involved), they want a curriculum that keeps faith and school separate.
Searching for a good online secular curriculum can be daunting. What everyone is looking for in a program can be as varied as the number of homeschooling families, so you want to have a general idea of what you need out of a curriculum. Are you looking for a complete curriculum, or a supplemental one to go along with one you already use? Cost is also an important factor. I hate feeling like I’m putting a price tag on kids’ education, but to be realistic; most of us are faced with budget constraints.
Some tips to keep in mind when searching for an online secular curriculum for your family:
– Read reviews on the programs. Often times, people only speak up when they have a complaint, but it’s still important to hear what people think. You may find that someone else’s issue is, or would be, similar to a concern of yours.
– Check out the program’s Scope and Sequence, or lesson plans. Looking at what your child will work on in their grade level can hopefully help you assess whether or not you would need to supplement with other programs.
– See if the program has a trial period, or what kind of cancellation policy they have. You could read a thousand rave reviews on a program and think it’s wonderful. You could check over what your children will be working on and think that it’s going to perfectly cover everything you need it to. Unfortunately, it’s not until you and your children actually start working with the online secular curriculum that you can tell if it’s going to be a good fit. You don’t want to be contractually bound, or pay up front, for a program that won’t work for your family.