This post is from contributor Judy Hoch.
Homeschoolers today are blessed with a wide variety of options for learning. Literature-based programs, unit studies, delight-directed learning–all of these are wonderful methods that can be used instead of the traditional approach.
However, with all the exciting and creative ideas out there, it can be easy to overlook the fact that textbooks are indeed a valid educational option for homeschoolers.
It goes without saying that textbooks are not the best choice for every family, nor for every season of life. However, there are times when homeschooling with textbooks can be the perfect solution. So when might you consider giving textbooks a try?
When to Consider Using Textbooks in Your Homeschool
1. When you are teaching a large range of ages
It can be challenging to homeschool teens and preschoolers at the same time–I have first-hand experience to prove that fact! While some curricula are designed to be used with a range of ages, it is rarely practical to stretch it to include both upper high school students and little ones.
Textbooks can be a great tool to cover this gap. Perhaps your teens can work through a grammar textbook while you are teaching the younger children phonics. Or maybe your kindergartner would enjoy a science workbook while you are helping your high schooler with chemistry.
2. When you need to cover a subject in which your child has little interest
Virtually every student will have a subject or two in which he is less interested. A gifted writer may be less enthusiastic about science, for example, while a science fan may be bored with ancient history.
Textbooks can be a simple way to cover these required topics in a straightforward way, leaving more time for students to pursue their interests and talents.
3. When you are dealing with health issues or special needs
Many families are struggling to juggle homeschooling along with chronic health issues (in parents or children). Other families are busy providing care to sick or elderly family members. Still others are caring for children with special needs, requiring a significant time commitment.
Whatever the case, textbooks can help to ensure that learning goes on in spite of the family’s difficult schedule. Perhaps textbooks might even be a good “part-time” solution for those weeks or months that are particularly challenging.
4. When there are major changes within the family
Adoption. A new baby. Loss of a loved one. Moving across the country. Major changes–even good changes–can cause upheaval for parents and children alike.
Textbooks are a great option for the times when life is changing. They involve less parental planning and involvement, and unlike an involved science project, they can be stopped and started fairly seamlessly.
Have you ever considered using textbooks in your homeschool?
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