Are You Considering a Mid-Year Curriculum Switch?

Jan 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Curriculum, Featured Articles

How to Tell When it’s Time for Change, and How to Manage it Successfully

When your homeschool curriculum is not working for you and your child, where (and when) do you make a change? Should you stick it out to save your family money? As a parent – do you wonder – am I really doing this right to begin with? Do I show enough grace and patience in my teaching ability? Is this my fault?

We can be pretty hard on ourselves. Not accomplishing educational goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year can feel – to an adult – like a terrible failure. So take a breath, and realize that the ability to be flexible is one of the most wonderful gifts that homeschooling can provide your family. Be conscientious about your selections, note when something is working well – and be ready for change when it simply just isn’t!

What Are the Signs of a Non-Functioning Homeschool Curriculum?

  • ‘Bad’ days happen nearly every day.
  • A subject that was once cool, fun, and interesting completely loses its spark.
  • Your child is growing increasingly frustrated or falling behind in a subject.
  • You are growing aggravated and impatient with the flow of course material.

So Things Aren’t Great – What Should You Do First?

  1. Understand that sticking it out to save money should not cost the price of your households’ sanity. Homeschool mom Jamie says, “Sometimes I find the idea of switching is much harder on ME than it is for my kids, who just accept and move on. Meanwhile I can deliberate far too long instead of just listening to my gut!”
  2. Identify your personal educational philosophy. Many parents enter into the homeschooling journey more than a bit uniformed about individual philosophies and what will work best for their children – while fitting their own personal beliefs. Often, they end up selecting items based on other parents recommendations. But before parents buy any curriculum, they should spend time investigating what their own philosophy is, and THEN figuring out the philosophy of the curriculum they want to buy. You must have a match for a successful outcome.
  3. Investigate alternate curricula thoroughly. Choosing your various forms of curricula has little to do with one being better than the other. Each is designed very differently, and the success of each will depend quite greatly on the learning style of your child. Homeschool mom Marcia says, “The beauty of homeschooling IS to make changes and find the ways that work best for the child. Learning does NOT have to be boring or become drudgery. It should inspire and excite our children!”

If you are still in doubt, ask yourself this important question:

In the big scheme of things, does it matter if I finish a specific curriculum book by the end of the year?

The answer is likely a resounding, NO. As long as your child is learning, advancing steadily at his or her own pace, and enjoying the journey of a homeschool education, you are providing the most important element. A love for learning.


Jessica Parnell is passionate about homeschooling. A wife, mother and former public high school teacher, Jessica has transferred this passion into her career as Principal of Bridgeway Homeschool Academy. Her passion grows out of a deep desire to see every child reach their God given potential and purpose through faith-based, customized, and flexible homeschooling. With over 25 years of experience helping over 24,000 families to homeschool their way, Jessica is dedicated to helping families understand the freedom that comes with homeschooling and to empowering parents, a child’s first teacher, to feel confident in taking control of their child’s education.

Additional homeschooling posts:

Digging into Common Ground: The Truth about Common Core Standards
Do you honestly understand what Common Core standards are all about? A recently released Gallup poll indicates only a third of Americans have even heard of the new set of academic standards known as the Common Core, and that many of those who do know about the Common Core don’t actually understand what it entails.

Teaching Homeschoolers About Thanksgiving
Some more great ideas for teaching your children about Thanksgiving: 1.

Share and Enjoy: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Webnews
  • MisterWong
  • Y!GG
Tags: , , ,

Leave a comment »

  1. LOL, They all seem to love that “I’m taller than you” peroid once they hit it from what I’ve seen. Unfortunately for my son, I’m 6′ tall so he’s got a way to go before he’s looking over this mama’s head. :)Happy belated to your son.

  2. I do not even know how I finished up here, however I thought this submit
    used to be good. I do not understand who you’re however
    definitely you are going to a well-known blogger if
    you happen to aren’t already. Cheers!

  3. You can also put in some water, and grow your own basil
    - or just about anything that takes to growing in water fairly
    well. With the use of yellow flowers in golden wedding, the occasion will
    be as shimmering as the sun and as glittering as gold.

    Another way how to use these flowers is to place them in
    flower boxes.

  4. Howdy! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I
    needed to ask. Does managing a well-established blog such as yours take a lot of work?

    I’m completely new to writing a blog however I do wrie in mmy journal on
    a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and views online.

    Please lett me know if you have any ideas or tips for new aspiring blog
    owners. Thankyou!

  5. I know this web pagge offers quality depending articles or reviews and additional stuff, is there any other site which offers
    such data in quality?

  6. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of the website is very

  7. Hello I am so delighted I found your weblog,
    I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, Anyways I am
    here now and would just like to say many thanks for a
    fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also
    love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but
    I have saved it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when
    I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the superb job.

  8. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me
    to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme?
    Outstanding work!

  9. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s
    the blog. Any feed-back woulkd be greatly appreciated.

  10. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic
    to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for
    your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  11. I know this website provides quality dependent articles and
    additional information, is there any other website which provides such stuff in quality?

  12. I am regular reader, how are you everybody?
    This post posted at this website is actually good.

  13. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog!
    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.

    I look forward to new updates and will share this
    blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  14. Howdy are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to
    the blog world but I’m trying to get started and
    create my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  15. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very helpful information specially the last part :
    ) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information
    for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  16. Greetings! I’ve been following your site for a long time now and finally got the bravery to
    go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Texas!
    Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  17. The two of them had searched for the perfect house to buy, and after months of looking,
    decided on the perfect home in Charleston, SC. Not to mention, their evening aerobatic
    sessions are a whole lot of fun to watch.
    During the winter when the bats are hibernating, try not to disturb

  18. Well after these hours of construction you will be proud to
    store your tools and tool belt on your new well planned and designed workbench in your backyard shed or garage it will serve you well for years to come.
    Jawhorses jaws open wide enough to accommodate a 30″ door, allowing the user to attach a door to its frame easily and with just one person–and of course the Jawhorse-set a door onto its frame. Remember, do your research before you buy anything so that you select the right compliment of tools for your home workshop.

  19. That is, if I’m keen to pay out the $a hundred bucks or so to buy
    it. Like Open Workbench, Open – Proj is free desktop software.
    She mentioned that she was looking for “online study material that was progressive and brief and didn’t take much preparation.

  20. I blog quite often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has really
    peaked my interest. I will take a ote of your blog and keep checking for new details about once per week.
    I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  21. So great to see incredible articles on this blog.
    Thank you for posting and sharing them.

  22. Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as
    I provide credit and sources back to your site?

    My website is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would really
    benefit from a lot of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this ok with you. Many thanks!

  23. hello!,I really like your writing so a lot! share we communicate extra approximately your
    post on AOL? I need a specialist on this house to unravel
    my problem. Maybe that is you! Having a look ahead to peer you.

  24. ヤられせくれるなら、友情や愛情があるふりをするってだけ。 先日ほぼ全部の項目に対してコメントされた。
    準備とかプランナーに相談しながら、内容が受けるか考えて鬱になりそうになるのが大半、結婚前の試練だわ。 心から祝福したいような、自分が友達だと思っている相手にだけ出席して5万包んでる 結婚のお祝いメッセージ

    時には口に出して言っていました。彼に直接言えない言葉。 自分から参加したいとカネ払うライブや映画じゃないんだから、参列者がカネを出す必要性がわからん。 結婚できない男性特徴
    どうして埼玉の人は3万200円とか出すの? 結婚式なんて結婚式場が儲けるためだけにある

  25. It’s actually a cool and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you
    simply shared this useful information with us. Please
    keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours nowadays.

    I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  27. At this moment I am going to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming again to read more news.

  28. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all folks you
    actually recognize what you are speaking approximately!

    Bookmarked. Please also consult with my web site =). We may have a
    link change contract among us

  29. Hello friends, how is everything, and what you wish
    for to say about this paragraph, in my view its in fact awesome
    in support of me.

  30. At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming again to read further news.

  31. Surely you’ve got outstanding ideas here and I really like your site!
    I’ve bookmarked it making sure that I can return & continue reading later on.

  32. Find virtually any potential problems consequently there is no leaking or disorder.
    Keep yourself up to date by doing a research on the Internet to find out the right
    way to clean. A plunger is the just safe way to solve a leakage by yourself.

  33. ねえあり。 MSN の使用を | ウェブログあなた| 私が発見した私が見つかりました。 非常に きちんと書かれた記事。 私がします てくださいブックマークにそれとリターンの読みを 余分あなた役に立つの情報。ポスト| おかげで、ありがとうございました。 リターン | 確かに間違いなく | 私は意志私がよ。

  34. こんにちは。 このようにしてそのように ウェブサイトのブログ、私はあなたが私を訪問しましたことを考えますに 改善に物事を見つけるためにしよう!ウェブサイトを私は考えのいくつか使い、そのOK のいくつかアイデアを!

  35. マグニ人、あなたからの商品。の前に自分のものを理解し、| 私が持っている私がした 君がいる 非常 素晴らしい。私は実際に何あなたがしたのようにここで取得、確かどのような、あなたがそれを言うする方法あなたはと言っ述べ。 賢明なスマート とあなたはまだの世話をするためのケアあなたはそれ作るそれを維持します。私はカント あなたからの読み込みを待ちます。 素晴らしい ウェブサイト |これは本当に実際です。

  36. マグニビート! できたことができます私は I したいと思い、あなたの改正ながら、同時になどで見習い方法 Webサイトサイトは、ウェブサイト、ウェブログ サイト?アカウントの取引|私は 助け助け。 I されているこのブロードキャストの| |ビット知り合いに精通して 少し小さな 提供 明るい 明確な コンセプト

  37. In the end, my postions had been closed 1.five hour later in major deficit.

  38. Be sure that to follow along with the Clash of Mafias Cheat Instructions carefully and in addition examine small proof picture with the Clash of Mafias Cheats Device including Crystals, Cash and Shots for a sport.
    Additionally you should be conscious that this Clash oof Mafias Hack
    Tool solely works with regard to Android and iOS devices simply.
    We hope you’re keen on utilizing the Clash of Mafias Hack andd suggest us in ykur mates by sharing this web site.
    If you want to give some suggestions relating to the Clash
    of Mafias Hack Software then please make use
    of thee comment function carried ouut within this put up.

  39. It not only assists you to master your trading method greater, but also helps you to construct your confidence and discipline a lot more.

  40. Regardless of all the upcoming huge claims and hype, this product has the potential to make all other forex manuals look like hobby

  41. Property has been the crowdfunding standout since the JOBS Act two years ago permitted an exemption to
    the restriction on the public solicitation of exclusive capital investments,
    stated Crowdnetic Corp, a company of crowdfunding data and also research study.

  42. The property documents and also tax obligation expense information supplied
    herein stand for info as it currently exists in the Wake Region Realty system.

  43. It’s the year 2005 and it seems nearly every person is
    making money hand over fist hypothesizing in realty.

  44. Preppers acquired undesirable attention after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting 27 This remained in part considering that the dispute that ignited over the gun control revealed extreme distrust of the social framework in the United States.

  45. Each member has their own certain doomsday circumstance
    they are most concerned about, whether it’s an asteroid striking, bird flu taking over
    the globe, solar flare or financial collapse.

  46. A timeless survival device, featuring two blade sizes for managing a range
    of activities.

  47. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be really one thing that I think I would by no means understand.
    It sort of feels too complicated and extremely wide for me.

    I am taking a look ahead to your next post, I’ll try to get
    the hold of it!

  48. I am regular reader, how are you everybody?
    This piece of writing posted at this web site is
    truly nice.

  49. I read this post fully concerning the difference of most recent and previous technologies, it’s awesome article.

  50. Home organization is simpler when don’t have a lot of extra things
    in the mix. Keeping a home organized is often a difficult task.

    Cleaning and maintaining the house would not feel like such a monumental task.

  51. Note that this crust recipe does not work in regular pie tin as well
    as only as mini cheesecakes.

  52. Let demolition contractor Calbert Davidson assist you to
    with your own home demolition.

  53. Home based solar energy firms would fit nicely within the scheme of
    the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative.

  54. The Goals are just a page view in Google Analytics. Each month members can select one niche out of several that
    are offered, and are given a 50 page high quality industry
    research report, 5 custom websites, 5000 niche
    keyword list, 300 hot article concepts, 7 pre-written niche emails, 25 PLR articles, and more.
    This process is usually done by editing its content to include key words which
    are the most frequently used and to increase relevance to your

  55. 面接選考に関しては、どういったところがダメだったのか、ということを話してくれる懇切丁寧なカナダの会社は一般的にはないので、あなた自身で改善するべき点を点検するのは、簡単だとは言えません。



  56. You need to recognize ways to regulate expenses, manage workers and supply
    customer support.

  57. Recognizing what to do – and when to do it – is
    one of the most significant reasons that many house owners as well
    as office homeowner work with professional landscaping companies
    to keep their yards looking their very best.

  58. Lawn tractors could be utilized as a multi-purpose car for transporting,
    raking and other exterior lawn and gardening activities, also.

  59. SpaceX is among the top aerospace firms on the planet, creates exceptional spacecraft, and
    is a leading member of NASA’s Business Staff of private firms.

  60. Utilizing a warm media visibility is advantageous, but firms want
    brand names that are aspirational for some time.

  61. Depending upon your niche, a brochure could
    also be something to buy if you want to list every one of
    your items and their specifications in much more
    information than is appropriate for your Capabilities Brochure.

  62. An interesting discussion is worth comment.

    There’s no doubt that that you need to write more about this issue, it may not be
    a taboo subject but typically folks don’t speak about these subjects.
    To the next! Kind regards!!

  63. Very rapidly this web site will be famous among all blogging and site-building people, due to it’s pleasant content

  64. These differ from labor intensive schemes where the garbage is weighed as it is collected to
    schemes the place particular assortment baggage (generally
    coloration coded) are bought and then collected.

  65. I had my 2.25 garage coated and the outcomes were superior.

  66. Thank you for any other informative site. The place else may I
    am getting that type of info written in such a perfect manner?
    I’ve a challenge that I’m simply now working on, and I’ve been at
    the glance out for such info.

Leave Comment