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#Write28Days – Day 4 – When to Walk Away from a Homeschooling Resource

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Welcome to day 4 of my series of Homeschooling Helps, Hints and Resources.  Today I want to talk about how to know when it is time to change resources.

A frequent problem is knowing when the material is not working for your child versus knowing when your child just does not want to work at all. You know your child best, so take a step back and look at the situation from knowledgable eyes. If you find yourself constantly jumping from resource to resource to resource, something else might be going on rather than the material not working. Examine what else is going on with your child, family and outside influences at the time.

For example, one of our sons tends to enjoy being lazy. So if he does not feel like doing work, he will complain about the resource. He will attempt to convince me he is not capable of doing the work. However, I take the time to sit down with him while he attempts to work on the material I am able to see it is not an issue with the resource but the issue is with him.

On the other hand, if I sit down with him and I am able to see the resource is not explaining what our son needs to do, or if it not explaining things properly before expecting him to do the work, then I will look through the rest of the resource to see if it is only that lesson that is poorly written for my child, or if I anticipate having more problems in the future.

All three of our sons absolutely loved a particular science resource, It worked well for all three of them. Our daughter loved and excelled with the elementary books, but then she reached the Junior High/Middle School books and it was a horrible experience for us both. So in that instance, I quickly made the decision to move on to another resource.

When you spend a lot of money on materials, it promotes difficulty, disappointment and other negative emotions about moving on to something else. Even when you do diligent research prior to buying something, things come up. Maybe life throws you a curveball that necessitates a change in the direction of your homeschool.

So do not be afraid to stick with a resource or to walk away from it as well.  Sometimes walking away is the best thing for your child.

If you would like to read my other posts in this series, click here.

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I am a wife and homeschooling mother of 4. I am a Christian who firmly believes that Jesus Christ died for my sins. We are a military family who just relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas. I enjoy Bible journaling, reading, crocheting, scrapbooking and quilting. I am beginning to attempt art journaling.

2 thoughts on “#Write28Days – Day 4 – When to Walk Away from a Homeschooling Resource

  1. Thank you for this encouragement. When I went into my 8th year of homeschooling, I was so frustrated with curriculum but I wanted to stick it out for the sake of the money spent on it. I knew it wasn’t working and I had to suck it up and move on. I did end up using the curriculum for another child later one, but I learned a great deal about flexibility and that is one of the many reasons I started homeaschooling. I just needed the reminder. Thank you.

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