New to homeschooling this year? Thinking of just a trial basis? One of the great things about homeschooling is it doesn't have to be a permanent decision.
Many parents, when making educational decisions for their family do so with the belief that whatever they decide is the permanent answer for their children. No deviating from the plan! But parenting requires flexibility and education is no different. Classroom teachers have to be flexible, constantly adjusting to changing circumstances within their classrooms and schools. Parents who homescool have much more room to be flexible with fewer restrictions imposed upon them.
So go ahead and start the year with that box curriculum you bought off the internet, but remember you can ditch what doesn't work for you, or use it in your own way. You don't have to follow the directions if you don't feel comfortable with them.
If your child absolutely hates the prescribed reading list, then spend some time together at the library and create a more personalized reading list. Don't forget to enlist the assistance of a librarian. Their expertise is invaluable.
Don't worry that you may have wasted money on your curiculum. Even if you end up ditching it completely, you've learned something valuable about yourself and your children, your teaching and learning styles. Move on from there.
It's okay to start off your year with a plan complete with a rigid schedule. Some families thrive in a highly controlled setting. But keep in mind that schedules are meant to be flexible, especially with children. Adjust as you go along, always leaving room to breathe, for yourself as well as your children.
We homeschool because we feel that bringing education home is the best option for our family right now. Never forget that when life gets in the way, make way for life.