I regret leaving the course I originally started. When I started homeschooling in 1999, we started with Alpha Omega lifepacs and paces. My kids thrived with them and we had a great first year. The children were done with their work by 12-1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They usually did a page extra every day and took Fridays off for library trips or a field trip. They took so many books out of the library and read and read and read all day long. They did crafts and had time to be children. They wrote stories, and were very happy.
In 2000 I got on the internet and learned about homeschooling forums. I read how these workbooks that I was using were horrible, and the worst thing you could use to educate your child. That left me in a horrible confusion and there started my discontentment with curriculum. Each year I tried something different: CM, unschooling, delight-directed, bits of the WTM, prepared unit studies, my own unit studies, relaxed homeschooling, eclectic homeschooling.
Thankfully, my children still thrived with whatever they did, but I feel that in the end the constant changing from year to year hurt them. There was no real continuity to their studies and some days it seemed like school dragged on forever.
Thankfully, I'm pretty much done with curriculum discontentment and am at a nice eclectic balance of self-instructional curriculum. I'm even back to some Ace paces. We no longer jump from thing to thing, or from new fad to new homeschooling fad. In other words, we make it fit us, and not the other way around. It has to really, and I mean really bring tears or be very confusing now, for us to switch to something else once decisions are made. (only homeschooling 2 now)
My biggest advice would be to stay the course that you find best fits your family, even if 100 families write about how horrible that course is or was for them. For your family, it will be successful because there is no one as unique as your family!
This is the only thing I would do differently.
Edited by deeinfl, 04 July 2010 - 08:38 PM.