gratitude Posted June 16, 2012 Share Posted June 16, 2012 I just figured out my home school curriculum challenge! :001_smile: I think this would have crossed my mind prior to this, but it really became clear today why I have struggled so much with my curriculum choices. The curriculum companies are great. We have used SL for pre-school & kindergarten, MFW for kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd, and briefly tried HOD as we struggled with placement with them last fall. They all have much to offer. Yet, I have struggled equally with all 3 for the same reason. I was just listening to Tapestry of Grace videos for their curriculum. They said it perfectly. The guides are written for the average student. They emphasize that we, as home educators, are in the drivers seat. Yet, that means a lot of tweaking if my kids aren't average; which they aren't. The problem I have had time and again is my kids aren't average students. They go way too fast...want to do more...and completely ruin integrated curriculums in the process. I remember the first K program I tried. My student already knew letters, numbers, basic addition, basic phonics, reading Bob reader type books, etc...etc. I am one of those people who want to follow the manual and do it as it goes. I didn't with ADV for MFW this year though. I let it go at his pace. It completely lost the integration that is the point of the program and still failed to challenge my oldest. So if you have read this far. Now that I know my challenge. What do I do? We choose to home school for a number of reasons. The top two though were to teach our children about God & to let them do school at their own pace. I remember reading early on about how schools teach to the average student leaving some students bored and others struggling. This was one of the many reasons I choose to home school. Yet, every curriculum I choose essentially does the same thing. It teaches to the average student. I have 3 students that are on one end of the curve and my youngest with Down Syndrome at the other end. Can anyone else relate to this problem? My kids love to learn, but curriculum has slowly been draining that love the way school would have. My second hates school, and I find it so sad that he would feel that way. The curriculums, if I follow them, mostly holds them back or on some occasions pushes them too much in weak areas. I want to figure out how to teach my kids. I have been sitting on my curriculum money for fall since March, and I just can not bring myself to buy anything. I want an approach that will allow me to teach them somehow the things I want them to learn in a way that reaches their abilities, rather than what worked well for some one else; but I don't know how. Does any one else have some of these challenges? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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