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One of the greatest things about homeschooling is the ability to choose curriculum and learning resources that fit the student. In a traditional school setting, the student has to conform to the curriculum. This can cause frustration and disinterest. Even the brightest student can fail in that system.
When we choose curriculum, lessons, and resources specifically for the student’s learning style and interest, we put the student in the best position to win. Education doesn’t feel like drudgery. It becomes enjoyable and interesting. Learning becomes fun.
The idea of choosing the right curriculum for your child is exciting, but that can quickly switch to a feeling of overwhelm as you wade through the myriad of homeschool learning resources available these days.
Homeschool Resources Overload
I remember when we decided to homeschool. We decided at the end of my daughter’s 2nd grade year not to put her back into a traditional school setting and to start homeschooling the next fall. That gave me all summer to choose a curriculum. “How hard could it be?”, I wondered.
Have you ever heard the expression “It’s like drinking out of a fire hose.” After just a short online search of homeschool curriculum, I felt the gush of information rushing over me, but blowing right by. I was overwhelmed. I looked at so many curriculum websites and blogs and read about so many different resources and approaches. My head was spinning. I couldn’t keep it all straight.
Luckily, I had friends who were veteran homeschool moms who knew my daughter well and basically chose her curriculum that first year. I was grateful. But then, I had to plan for the 2nd year of homeschooling and I wanted to change a couple things. That meant more research.
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The search would have been easier if there was a clearing house of sorts for homeschool resources with descriptions and reviews from real homeschooling families. I found a few forums over the years, but much of the information was outdated. Current information is always best.
Learning Resources Research Made Easy
Learnamic.com is that clearing house of homeschool resources I talked about wanting when we first started homeschooling. It is a growing, community sourced hub of homeschool learning resources from curriculum to stand alone lessons to YouTube videos to online learning games.
Each resource is listed by someone at Learnamic, submitted by a company, or added by a homeschool family. In the resource listing, you’ll find a description, grade level, price, common core information, and whether or not the resource has any religious influence. There is also the ability to leave or read reviews about each resource.
Learnamic makes searching for homeschool resources easy by being a one stop research site. No more hopping from site to site wading through information. You can search Learnamic.com by subject or by grade level and then get the basic information you need to determine if you want to visit the resources website to learn more.
For instance, I can search biology resources and a whole list would come up for me to browse. At a glance, I can see which resources are for the grade level I am searching for and then click on the appropriate links for more information.
If you are browsing Learnamic and notice that a homeschool learning resource you have used isn’t listed, you are submit a listing. And, you can always add a review to anything you have used in your homeschool. This will help other homeschool families make good curriculum choices.
Learnamic is different from other review sites and forums in that all submissions and reviews are vetted so that they represent quality, current resources, aren’t spam, and do not contain offensive content. The site content is monitored so that all links are current and working.
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