Are you regretting your curriculum choices? I have been there! You get so excited about planning the upcoming year, and you choose a curriculum that you think is going to work perfectly. But, then shortly after school starts you realize it really just isn’t working. That has to be the worst feeling ever! All I can think about is all the money that I spent going down the drain. Ugh! So, what do you do when you choose the wrong curriculum???
Regretting your curriculum choices? What to do when you chose the wrong curriculum!
There are several things you can do.
#1 You can suck it up and use the curriculum you purchased.
Sometimes we just really don’t have another option, and it may be worth giving your curriculum another go to see what happens. It may take getting into the groove of things for a curriculum to flow better for you. So, you don’t have to give up on it just yet!
Power through another few weeks to see if anything changes. You may be surprised!
#2 Toss it and buy new curriculum
Okay… so don’t literally toss your curriculum. Especially if it hasn’t been used very much. You can always sell it on eBay, book sales, or a local swap site. Or you could give it to someone in need. No need to waste good curriculum.
(Selling your curriculum can help make up for the cost of having to buy a new one.)
However, buying a new curriculum doesn’t always mean that the issue will be fixed. Trust me! I have been there. You may just end up buying something that doesn’t fit again. So, if you are going to go this route, do some research. Make sure that the curriculum isn’t similar to the one you just got rid of, and that it fits all of your needs.
#3 Try tweaking the curriculum
Think about what is causing you not to like the curriculum. What is making it not work for your family. It may be something you can change or replace. For example, if you’re having issues with the amount of reading in the curriculum you could cut back on the amount of reading that you do. If there’s not enough review, print off some extra worksheets.
If the curriculum is too easy for your child, try adding a few things to it.
It doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
It’s bound to happen to all of us at some point. Children’s learning styles change, and our teaching styles change throughout the years. Also, remember that not all children will benefit from the same curriculum. Just because you used your curriculum with your first child, doesn’t mean it will work for the next child.
I have three children who are currently homeschooling. I have ended up using the same curriculum for my oldest two, but then switching it up with my youngest. He is a completely different type of learner than they are, and it has been a bit of an adjustment for me!!
Just breathe…. you have options!
Give yourself some grace! You’ve got this! I find that most years our curriculum seems to evolve as we move throughout the year. I am either adding to or taking away from it. That’s what’s so great about homeschooling though, we have the ability to tailor our child’s education to fit their needs!