The Overwhelming World of Curriculum
When we decided to homeschool back in 2017 I was overwhelmed with the world of curriculum and I have a master's degree in it!
There is too much. Being a minimalist that needs a limited number of options or suffer decision fatigue, I knew I needed a different approach.
That is where my husband saved me. His wisdom,
"You buying curriculum is like a carpenter hiring someone to build a fence. You have the tools. You have the education. So build it."
That's when I hit the research. This is what I found: there is only one literacy program that any educational researcher backs up as being the one that can lay claim to "I'm the best!" One. And it's nearly impossible to get your hands on. That's when I realized that just like a classroom, I don't need a curriculum.
Yup, you heard me correctly. Is there value in curriculum? Absolutely, I write it and will continue to write it. But that's not my point. My point is that I was missing the key elements of a successful classroom!
What I needed was a solid pedagogy - a method of teaching certain and specific concepts as a child progressively learns.
I need to know foundational skills and how to build upon them.
I need to know how to get my hands on good resources.
I need to build knowledge with experience and play.
I need to know how to assess, fill in gaps, implement best instructional strategies, identify behaviors and create resources that will help my little people learn to the best of their ability.
Then I realized that not all homeschool parents have this kind of resource. That other moms are equally as overwhelmed with the world of curriculum and instruction as I was. Hence this business.
As an educational consultant, I provide a personalized experience to help you feel less overwhelmed with curriculum. My goal is to help you find or create a curriculum that best fits your family's unique and specific needs. My goal is to assess your learners, guide you as we find and fill in gaps, implement best instructional strategies, and create resources that you can easily put in your day.
I genuinely want to help people. What I've learned since leaving the classroom and becoming a mom has exponentially made me a better teacher. I sincerely wish I could go back to those years in the classroom with a "redo button" and do those years over again knowing what I know now. Since I cannot do that I want to pour into other teacher-moms and love on them. Support them. Encourage them. Journey alongside them. Because this job is hard! If curriculum is overwhelming - being a mom is ten times worse.
Can I hear an AMEN?!
Being a mom requires a pocketbook for clothes, shoes, socks (seriously, does anyone else find 20 mismatched socks per laundry day, grrrrr), food ('cause what child isn't a Hobbit - eating second and third breakfast?), and more.
Who wants to spend a fortune on curriculum?
Not me. I want an affordable, easy to implement, fun, literacy-based experience. Hiring me to show you how I accomplish this is far cheaper than a curriculum. I will teach you how to:
Find resources for your children.
Build solid foundations.
Fill in gaps.
Give you the best instructional practices.
Create an end goal.
Create a personalized plan to read, write, and learn well using a variety of literature based on the experiences, interests, likes, and hobbies of your child!
Essentially what I'm doing is taking the 15+ years of education and experience I have as a teacher and teaching you how to teach well.
What if you do need a curriculum?
If you do not feel comfortable teaching without a curriculum, THAT'S OKAY! Everyone is different and that's the beauty of the world God created. So what I do to help you here is:
Find a curriculum that lines up with your end goal.
Find a curriculum that aligns with your teaching style.
Learn how to look and sift through the masses.
OR create a curriculum that is personalized to your family.
If this interests you, please contact me. I love what I do and I truly believe that parents are a child's greatest educational resource. That is why I invest in you as you invest in your child's education.
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