We've talked before about thinking outside the box when schooling our children. Today, I want to talk about the benefits of a more structured curriculum with textbooks and workbooks.
A structured curriculum makes sense for homeschoolers if you are uncertain how to begin. Many curricula come with lesson plans and walk the parent through the teaching process. Textbooks can be used for more than one child and families with a lot of children like that. Workbooks that accompany the texts will need to be purchased for each child as they enter that particular grade in school. But the cost is reduced as compared to purchasing all new, full curricula for each child.
Another feature of textbook and workbooks is that there is a stronger degree of accountability for accomplishing school work. There is a record of completion for the student and test records can be recalled to quickly identify and address any learning gaps.
If you are new to homeschooling, this is a great way to begin because the curriculum companies often supply homeschooling parents with the tools they need to use the curriculum correctly and successfully.
If you are a veteran homeschooler, do you use a structured curriculum? Please feel free to add your opinions of textbook/workbook curricula, too!
Structured curricula options (Just a few!):
Bob Jones University
Christian Liberty Academy Press
Answers in Genesis
Hearts of Dakota
And many, MANY more!!