When the Curriculum Isn’t Working

Most of us have been in the books again for a few weeks.  For some, the homeschool year has started out great. Kids like what they are learning, and it has been smooth sailing. For others, it may be going rough. Kids hate the curriculum, mom hates the curriculum, and no one is learning anything. So, what do you do when the curriculum isn’t working?

Have you ever realized that the curriculum isn't working? When this happens what do you do? We are going to look at a few things to do when the curriculum isn't working.

Step Back

Take a step back and think “why?”. Is it advanced? Not challenging enough? Not geared towards the way your child learns? You may be able to figure out why it isn’t working when you step back and look at it from your child’s eyes.

Take a Break

Yes, I know the school year just started, but if it’s not working, then no one is learning anyway. Stop; take a break from the curriculum for a little bit and refresh. Taking a few days off will not make or break your school year, but it may be enough to refresh you and your children’s attitudes.


Think about what you liked, and didn’t like from the curriculum. Make a list. Keep these things in mind when you go to look for something else. Find out what your teaching style and your children’s learning styles are. Evaluating your current homeschool curriculum and how your children learn will save you time and money on future homeschool curriculum purchases.

Ditch it!

If it’s not working, there is no way to keep using it. You can shelve it for a different child, or sell it to purchase something else. The key is to remember what is best for your child, and that may not be the curriculum you are using. Ditching it will save you a lot of time and heartache in the end.

Curriculum can be one of the hardest purchases homeschool parents make. But, if something is not working, you will only stress yourself, and your child out by continuing to use it anyway.  If you don’t have the funds to purchase something different then check out some of the free curriculums out there for this subject. You could also look into using Unit Studies you make up yourself from the library.

When the curriculum isn’t working, don’t stress. Don’t make homeschooling a nightmare by forcing yourself to use something that may not fit you and your child. Just step back, take a break, evaluate what you’ve learned, and ditch it for something else. You will save you and your child a lot of heartaches!

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.


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