Does it matter what homeschool curriculum I use?
In the past 20 years at Biola Youth Academics, we often get asked, “Does it matter what homeschool curriculum I use?”
Curriculum does matter. And, there’s a lot of it to choose from. Curriculum can be Christian or secular, biased or well-balanced in its presentation, classical, or cutting-edge. How does one family find the right curriculum for each of their kids—with all their God-given talents, interests, strengths and individualities?
Christian parents often ask, “Does my entire curriculum need to come from a Christian publisher?” At BYA, we think not. Frankly speaking, not all textbooks are created equal. While there are some fantastic Christian resources out there, there are others that have been tested and found wanting.
At Biola Youth Academics, we partner with expert educators and homeschool veterans to curate engaging, Christ-centered curriculum for all of our K–12 programs. In the course curriculum for our homeschool programs, we sometimes use Christian curriculum, sometimes supplement Christian curriculum with non faith-based sources and other times opt for a stand-out, seminal textbook and find other ways to integrate our faith and values.
Choosing homeschool curriculum for high school
When choosing curriculum, keep in mind not only these four high school years, but also what’s next. You could begin thinking about your student’s post-graduate plans as soon as their eighth-grade year.
Plans change, but navigating high school with a roadmap for success will give you, and your student, a head start. When crafting the roadmap of your high schooler’s education curriculum, consider that most universities publish their admissions requirements on their website. Some even include admission guidelines for homeschooled students.
Structuring curriculum around college requirements will help ensure that your student’s high school years include the proper coursework expected to earn a high school diploma and to enter the university of their choosing. After that is plotted, begin to craft a four-year plan. If you need help, find a homeschool curriculum consultant to help you navigate the curriculum waters.
You, not the textbook, are the teacher
As you begin to preview and peruse textbooks, remember: You, not the textbook, are the teacher.
So, for example, you might select a history textbook, but you also can share your own understanding of historical periods, infuse primary documents, conduct research in the library, infuse a Christian worldview in your teaching, view documentaries, debate content from multiple perspectives, and integrate content across the curriculum.
Most importantly: Don’t forget to enjoy the process — remember, you first wanted to homeschool because you believe learning can be fun, even in high school.
If you have any questions about curriculum help, reach out to us at Biola Youth Academics. We have programs and services for all K–12 homeschooling families, and we’d love to help you see your students thrive.
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