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Curriculum Slave {Homeschool Science Tip of the Month}

January 06, 2020 2 min read

Don't be a slave to your homeschool curriculum. Instead, use it as a tool to teach your unique children.

Homeschool Science Tip of the Month - Don't be a curriculum slave.

As we head into the new year full of promise and new beginnings, I want to encourage you to not become a slave to a homeschool curriculum. Instead, use it as a tool to teach science to your unique children.

Early in my homeschooling journey, I heard the following:

“Curriculum is meant to be a tool, not a master.”

I’m not sure who I first heard that statement from, but it is so true. You see at the beginning of our homeschooling journey, I let the curriculum be my master. I had to check every single box – no exceptions. I didn’t want to add in things or follow rabbit trails because that would throw off the schedule.

My fear was that if I didn’t do everything that was suggested, I wouldn’t get the desired outcome. As it turns out – fear is a nasty companion and usually a destructive motivator. We had too many tears in our early years as a result of the curriculum master.

I have learned that I, the teacher, direct how we use a curriculum. I adjust it to fit the needs of my unique student. I have the power to throw out the unnecessary things that won’t work in our homeschool. And I have the ability to add in things that will enhance what we are learning.

Never forget that a curriculum is a tool you use in your homeschooling journey. It can shore up weaknesses and enhance your strengths as a teacher. You have the skills to wield your curriculum instrument with the precision of a fine sculptor!

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