First things first, determining whatever it is your children want to learn is the initial step prior to finding a home school curriculum that would fit your kids to a tee.
Take the process of home schooling one careful step at one time. The following are some of the steps you could take.
Define, define, define
Lesson plans should be defined first specifically in the areas your child wants to learn about. When this subject is known, the scouring and identification of learning materials would be a lot easier.
Be online, search online
You could also try searching through the internet. Believe it or not, there are a lot of curricula that are pre-packaged and are offered in the internet. There are also curriculum offered through catalogs that are sent in the mail.
Such forms of curriculum are lifesavers especially for home schoolers who are on their first time. It is also an effective way for parent-teachers who have an experience in hime schooling learn further on.
Research, research, research
It is also advisable if you start shopping in book fairs as well as in outlets for school supplies. They may have lesson plan mini kits and units for particular thematic units. Once one has a basic curriculum, this could be incorporated along with your kid’s learning needs and interests.
Refer to your local public schools
Consulting with public schools in your area or district is also a good idea. Academic specialists, key school personnel as well as librarians basically have an idea on where to find resources for home schooling both online and offline.
Schools are even capable of providing kids with textbooks appropriate for their grade level and which could be used in your homes.
Ask help from organizations
Checking with the organization found within your local area for any opportunity to exchange books, software, language tapes as well as other materials related to curriculum development or creation is a good idea.
Do not forget to check with other teacher-parents.
Treat each child as unique
As much as possible, try not to spend too much of your money on the eldest child expecting that the same home school materials will be used by younger siblings (as it seems this is a practical and cheap way to do such).
Believe it or not, many print and software materials gets immediately out of date. Also, the interests of older children may not be the same for the younger kids.
Do not forget to treat each child as the unique individuals they are.
Consistently update yourself
There are numerous classes offered online which specialize on the creation of curriculum for your home schooled kids. There are also software and lessons on video that teach a lot of approach on teaching home school lessons.
Going on field trips is one way to open up your kids perspectives. It is also a new environment which being home schooled is not able to explore. All in all, open yourself up for any opportunities that home schooling presents. Your eyes and mind should welcome any programs that you think and feel would make home schooling a better experience for you and your kids, both academically or otherwise.
Basically, home schooling should be a positive learning experience for both the teacher and the student. Make it fun and enjoyable.