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Episode 30: Thoughts on Choosing and Using Curriculum

It’s that time of year when we are narrowing down our curriculum choices, when the hope is high that we’ll find something that will really work and ignite our homeschool to be better than it’s ever been. Cuz maybe this past year was disappointing (which actually is probably true for everyone this time around, what with quarantining and all).

Yet you don’t know where to start or how to find that perfect something. Or you’re overwhelmed with all the choices. It’s almost worse than choosing from the dessert menu at Cheescake Factory!

Do you need someone to give you some pointers? That’s where this podcast episode comes in. I’ll share my thoughts on choosing and using curriculum so you don’t set yourself up to fail. It’s gotta work for YOU, right?

As always you’ll hear my practical viewpoint that you might not find elsewhere. I want you to feel encouraged and inspired—but with no pressure. We’ve all got lots going on; no one needs to turn this into yet another thing that we feel like we’re not good at. So in 15 minutes you can regain perspective and get motivated to press on!





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This episode sponsored by Unlock Math.

Unlock Math is an online video-based self-paced high school math curriculum that I am super impressed with. There is a real person on the videos, and lessons are presented in bite-size chunks for less overwhelm. There is as much practice as your kid needs plus adequate review. And it’s all done for you, but you still have options for adjusting individual grades. Their customer service can’t be beat! Use discount code ANNIE2020 for 15% off!

Resources mentioned in this episode (some referral links):

Tips for Curriculum Planning – with a free download

Dreaming Spires Home Learning

Beautiful Feet

Review of Beautiful Feet Modern History


Notgrass History


Unlock Math — ANNIE2020 gets you 15% off!

Mr. D Math

Review/Interview with Mr. D

Rod & Staff

It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool High School Facebook group

Compass Classroom

Review of Compass Classroom 


About the author

Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 20+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website, AnnieandEverything.com, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. 

Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning and Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation. She also founded the popular Facebook group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, which now has over 27K members; and recently she started the It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Podcast.

She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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