It takes three homeschoolers to change a light bulb.
One to realize the light bulb, while not actually burned out, isn’t serving the needs anymore.
One to research all the available light bulbs to determine which bulb would better serve our needs for lighting.
And one to actually unscrew the old bulb and put in the new, more applicable light bulb.
I think that curriculum can be like a light bulb that has become dim. Sometimes it takes someone else – our children, perhaps – to point out that the bulb is dim – to point out the curriculum isn’t working. It might have been the perfect fit for our oldest, but it is drudgery for our second child. We had that problem with our spelling curriculum. It worked fine for our two oldest, but it just wasn’t clicking for the youngest. After much struggling, we decided we needed to change directions.
Then comes the research! There are countless sites in which you can look for reviews, curriculum fairs to attend for browsing books, and friends to ask about which program they prefer. If you let it, this can consume many days (weeks) of your summer. In the end, we did find a new spelling curriculum. We chose one that was more of a workbook style than what we had been using.
Last, is the hardest part – you have to pull out the wallet and actually purchase the newly chosen curriculum. But wait, you might find it cheaper on Ebay or a Facebook swap group! OK, after you have determined the cheapest place to purchase it, you will have to throw out the old, ineffective curriculum (or re-sell it) and let your child use the shiny, new curriculum.
So, if you find yourself with curriculum that needs changing, don’t be afraid to try something new. It just might turn out to be a great way to help your students see the light!