Should I buy The Checklist?

 

Questions to ask before purchasing The Checklist:
  • Am I the type of person who likes to "do it myself?" If so, you will probably prefer a mix and match curriculum, unit studies, and writing your own lessons plans. You are definitely the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • How much time do I have available? Do I work part time? Have an in-home business? Volunteer? Have a newborn? Many young children? Children on several grade-levels? If time is short, you will need to incorporate multi-level teaching as much as possible. See Multi-Level Teaching for more information. You are the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • What is my budget for buying curriculum? If you are stretched thin in your budget, look for used curriculum and make use of the local library. You are the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • What is my learning style? What is your child's learning style? For more information on choosing curriculum based on learning style, go to Choosing Curriculum Based on Learning Styles. I also recommend that you go through my Step by Step Guide to Choosing Curriculum. You may be the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist, depending on your learning/teaching style.

  • Does my child have a physical disability or a diagnosed learning problem? If so, you may be the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • Are my children enrolled in a correspondence or online school which requires grades, and report cards? You will not benefit from using The Checklist, at least this year!

  • Do I prefer to use a pre-packaged, traditional curriculum (such as A Beka, Bob Jones, Calvert, etc.) with everything planned out for me? You will not benefit from using The Checklist, at least not at this time!

  • Do I want a Christian-based education for my child? If so, you are the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • Do I like field trips, hands-on activities, science experiments, nature study, reading good books, and getting out of the traditional-school rut? You are definitely the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • Am I an “unschooler?” You are definitely the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • Do I like to study and learn myself? You are definitely the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

  • Do I believe character training, life skills, and outreach to the community is just as important as learning academics? You are definitely the type of person who will benefit from using The Checklist.

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