Many of us are in the throes of trying to finish nailing down our homeschooling plans for fall. Recently, I’ve been seeing lots of posts from my fellow bloggers about their various plans for the coming year. These posts are fun to read. My curiosity often gets the best of me and I do enjoy peeking through the window that each of these posts reveals about the lives of other homeschoolers.
These posts are so fun that I thought about writing a Curriculum Reveal post of my own; however, there are 4 reasons why I decided not to do that.
Here are 4 Reasons Why I Don’t Post a Curriculum Reveal:
1. Our purpose is different
God has called us all to homeschool for different reasons. He has created our kids uniquely. He knows what our homeschools need to be doing more than anyone else. I think it’s important that we all listen to what God wants us to do for the coming year rather than following someone else whose plan looks intriguing.
2. I can’t endorse things I haven’t tried
Some of the stuff we’re tackling this year is new for our family. I wouldn’t want to put it out there as an endorsement and have it not be as good as I’m hoping. I want to try it before I write about it!
3. Not yet determined
Some of our subjects aren’t necessarily curriculum choices but are lists of books and those lists haven’t been completely determined, yet. One of my sons will be reading a mixture of books written by American authors and British authors. I have an idea of which books I’d like him to read; however, I will most certainly change my mind on some of them based on how it goes with the first books he reads. I like to base some of my choices on things I think will be more interesting to him and that will no doubt vary throughout the year.
4. The comparison/pride trap
One of the biggest reasons I won’t be writing a curriculum reveal post is because of the comparison/pride trap. If I post a detailed list of what we’re studying for the year, some readers compare my list to theirs and think that they aren’t doing enough with their kids. This may cause them to do even more with their kids than they were planning and for them (or their kids) to eventually feel overwhelmed.
Some readers would compare my list to theirs and think that I’m not doing enough with my boys. This could cause them to feel prideful with their own choices which is a sinful trap I don’t want to cause anyone to fall into.
By the way, this is the perfect time for you to create homeschool records, if you haven’t already. If you have younger kids, homeschool record keeping is pretty simple. If you have kids who are high school age, record keeping is still manageable as long as you don’t let yourself get too far behind.
So, if you are still working on coming up with your homeschool plan for the coming year, I would highly recommend that you listen to God’s leading over what everyone else is doing. That is the best way to be sure that your kids will get the right education for them!
Question: Are you done making your homeschool plans for this fall or are you still trying to figure things out? Please leave a comment below.