We are now in our 5th year of homeschooling here in the Hill House. That’s so hard to believe on many levels!
I could write a book on the many things I’ve learned in this 5 years. One of the biggest concepts?
I can change curriculum during the middle of our homeschool year.
I know that might seem obvious to most of you, but in the first few years of homeschooling, I was so reluctant to stop a curriculum!
There were several reasons why I didn’t want to give up our curriculum mid-year:
→ We already paid for the curriculum. It would be a waste of our money to not finish it.
→ We would have to buy a new curriculum. And we’ve just had Christmas! There’s not much extra money for new curriculum mid-year.
→ I would have to go back to square one and research a new curriculum path. Thorough research takes a lot of time! I just don’t have a ton of extra time.
→ We should just suck it up and plow our way through, right? Surely it’s all in my head that this just isn’t working for us.
A few years ago, I was complaining to a dear friend of mine about a popular curriculum we were using. Everyone in the homeschool world seemed to love it!
But my son absolutely detested it.
It wasn’t the subject itself, but the style in which the information was presented.
As I quickly figured out, my son and daughters learn best with reading living books. Textbook style learning doesn’t make learning come alive in the same exhilarating way that living books do.
As I poured out my feelings to my friend, she very wisely said, “Why don’t you just not do it anymore? Why don’t you just switch to something else?”
Not finish the book? Switch to something else?
This was a brand-new concept for me: I am in charge of what we learn and when we learn it.
Some days, that thought is overwhelming.
Some days, it’s unbelievably freeing.
I needed permission to put that particular curriculum away and do something new.
So where do you find your homeschool this mid-year?
Are there things you need to change? Routines you need to establish or remove? Tasks you need to add?
Curriculum you need to put away until another time?
Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear what’s going on in your own homeschools!
And just in case you need someone to say it:
You have permission to switch curriculum mid-year. Put what is not working away and do something new.
Press on, Mamas.