Homeschooling is full of choices, you choose why you homeschool, you choose how you are going to homeschool, choose a schedule, and then you choose a curriculum. The curriculum choice is one that many second guess themselves on. It is such a HUGE choice to make.
We have looked at curriculum choices here before, but today I want to take a look at boxed curriculums. In some homeschooling circles, boxed curriculum gets a bad rap, in other circles people love it, and that’s how it goes. Most LOVE it or HATE it.
I have been on both sides of the fence, and after taking 2 years off, am back to a boxed curriculum. I have found there are many benefits of a boxed curriculum, and you may too!
Ease of Use
Boxed curriculums are literally open and go. There is little to no prep work required by mom. Some planning may be needed depending on which option you choose. However, most boxed curriculums include teachers guides’ with lessons planned out for you. They also include all five subjects and in some cases even your electives.
Choices are made for you
Not sure what math to use? Boxed curriculums tend to come with a math. Does grammar have you down? Don’t worry! Boxed curriculums can choose that for you as well. If you are on the fence and overwhelmed at all the choices out there, a boxed curriculum can help make the decision for you. So, you don’t have to!
Many boxed curriculums are still flexible, so while they may recommend a certain math or grammar, you can easily substitute your own. This means that if you choose a boxed curriculum and a particular subject doesn’t fit your child, you can swap it out for something else. You aren’t necessarily “tied” to the box.
Teaches to multi ages
Boxed curriculums tend to teach to multi-ages. Some may span all the ages of your children, some may allow you to combine one or two of your children. Regardless, most boxed curricula DOES allow you to teach to multi-ages. This makes it easier for mom because all children can be taught together regardless of their ages.
When you use a boxed curriculum you get your entire curriculum in one spot. This means one purchase, one “box day” and less stress as to whether or not you have ordered everything you need. With a boxed curriculum gone are the days of shopping multiple curriculum suppliers and scanning retailers for sales and discounts. One purchase. One curriculum company. Your shopping is done!
Boxed curriculums can be a huge benefit to new homeschoolers. The ease of it being open and go and having everything in one place makes it super easy for a new homeschooler who is overwhelmed. As a work at home mom, I have also found it to ease my mind as I have little to no time for planning ahead.
Boxed curriculums aren’t for everyone, but if you are considering one, I encourage you to check out these companies.
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.