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My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers

My Top Picks for New and Struggling Homeschoolers


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Curriculum for New and Struggling Homeschoolers


You know what? I blame Cathy Duffy for my homeschool success, I truly do! She has been such an awesome resource for new and struggling homeschoolers for as long as I can remember. I strongly encourage you to have a copy of her Top Picks for your homeschool library and find out why this book is my top pick curriculum for new and struggling homeschoolers.

Homeschoolers often ask me, "Where do I get the curriculum?" This book is the answer. This is where you find the curriculum. 

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum



Choosing Curriculum


Choosing curriculum seems like a walk in the park for some families, but for others, it's just not as easy. The problem is that the answer to "Where do I get the curriculum?" is different for every family. There really is no single "homeschool curriculum" that we all use - because we are all different. And that, my friend, is why homeschooling works! We embrace our uniqueness! Each child has their own learning style, and each parent has their own learning style. The right curriculum has to take both into account!

First, this book will help you understand home education. It will talk you out of that "school at home" mentality that many homeschoolers have in the beginning. If you withdrew your child from any school, then school-at-home is not going to be a good fit! This book is perfect for new and struggling homeschoolers and will help you lighten up!

Second, this book will help you think through what kinds of home education will be a good fit for you and your child.  You will discover more than one approach - and a blend of approaches will often fit best.

Third, this book will help you identify your child's learning style - and your own learning style - so you can find a curriculum that will fit your needs together, as a family. This is so much more important than an artificial "grade level" designation that is completely meaningless when you are homeschooling.

And finally, this book gives clear, detailed, curriculum descriptions. It pulls no punches, and explains the pluses and minuses of each, within the context of your learning styles at home, which is perfect if you are choosing curriculum for new or struggling homeschoolers.

This book is so much more than just "The 102 best curriculum choices" as if choosing these will get you college admission and scholarships. Instead, this book addresses home education as a whole - and how to educate your children in a unique way that will make the difference.

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

I always recommend parents buy this book when they start homeschooling for the first time.

But even if you aren't a newbie, take some time to think through your curriculum choices. Even if you are secure in your knowledge as a homeschooler, if you find that one of your choices isn't working, you may need to make a curriculum change.

This book will help you make a change for the better, instead of dropping more money down the rat hole of un-ending curriculum choices.  Grab it! It's great! Cathy Duffy's book saved my bacon MANY times when I was homeschooling!

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Comments 2

Guest - Birdie on Monday, 23 February 2015 13:45

Lee, I agree with you about Cathy Duffy. Awesome! Somehow someone blessed me with her older book when we started home to learn. I read every page of it with pencil and highlighter at hand. The #1 thing to remind ourselves is that she is reviewing everything but doesn't know your child. She speaks of this and I understand fully!
A question for you Lee, 8-)...Have you ever had a parent report to you that they didn't have to change anything about their curriculum choices? We've had to try five different math series for one of our dear ones. Today I'm checking into another. Oh how I wish that we had a little book that tells us what will work for each of our loved ones (but just in a sweet, motherly, joking way, hee hee). Love Cathy's book and appreciate your work, advice, and encouragement.

Lee, I agree with you about Cathy Duffy. Awesome! Somehow someone blessed me with her older book when we started home to learn. I read every page of it with pencil and highlighter at hand. The #1 thing to remind ourselves is that she is reviewing everything but doesn't know your child. She speaks of this and I understand fully! A question for you Lee, 8-)...Have you ever had a parent report to you that they didn't have to change anything about their curriculum choices? We've had to try five different math series for one of our dear ones. Today I'm checking into another. Oh how I wish that we had a little book that tells us what will work for each of our loved ones (but just in a sweet, motherly, joking way, hee hee). Love Cathy's book and appreciate your work, advice, and encouragement.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 23 February 2015 21:59

That's great feedback, Birdie!
I have seldom heard of anyone who hasn't re-considered curriculum. I have known a few families that stuck with what they had, because either that's all they could afford, or that's just the way they did things in their family. Learning styles can make or break our curriculum choices. In her article 10 No-Fail Strategies for Choosing High School Curriculum Lee says that "As you are shop for curriculum, the learning styles of you and your children can help guide your choices."
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

That's great feedback, Birdie! I have seldom heard of anyone who hasn't re-considered curriculum. I have known a few families that stuck with what they had, because either that's all they could afford, or that's just the way they did things in their family. Learning styles can make or break our curriculum choices. In her article 10 No-Fail Strategies for Choosing High School Curriculum Lee says that "As you are shop for curriculum, the learning styles of you and your children can help guide your choices." Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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