The Curriculum Crunch

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Are you on a curriculum crunch to get it all done? Close your curriculum planner for a while and listen in to Episode #176 of Roadschool Moms Radio.  The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida.  This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher stops by Holly’s back porch to talk about the curriculum crunch. 

 Do you have a deadline?

Mary Beth begins by sharing she is the culprit for wanting to get it all the curriculum done. Not her children. Holly has been down that road many times before of feeling like she is in a curriculum crunch and says she will not fall victim to that this year.

Convention Season is Coming!

4:45 Convention season is coming and not everyone likes the convention halls but it is a great place to see curriculum up close and get new ideas. Mary Beth says FPEA was the first one she attended a few years ago and after a brief visit to the exhibit hall her kids were over it. Mary Beth was caught up in the shiny boxes and was quickly adding to their plan. It was her kids that called her out on adding too many things to the curriculum plate.

5:30 Holly shares how we should take a good look at what we already have and see that so many great companies actually add in literature, history, and science altogether. Companies like Notgrass and Apologia have a plethora of extra stuff if you choose to add it in. Holly picks one and rotates.

You will lose your mind if you try to do it all. It’s important to take your time with what you are working on an not rush through your child’s learning.

Bringing School Home Doesn’t Work for Everyone

9:20 Mary Beth and Holly banter about how they learned the hard way and how they now shift their thinking in education.

Solutions 15:15

  • Build on their strengths, not weaknesses.
  • Be realistic about the amount of time you have.
  • Make a list of what is important to your family.

Personal Stories

25:07 Holly says she has a “one-room schoolhouse” mentality and schools accordingly.  Mary Beth says you don’t have to do it all. Share the learning with siblings, family members, and outside sources.

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

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