Hi, my name is Sara, and I’m a curriculum junkie.
I confess. I love books. I also confess that I’ve made some choices that just didn’t end up working for us when it comes to homeschool curriculum. In addition to drooling over curriculum catalogs, I’ve done over 200 reviews of homeschool curriculum and related products on my own blog since 2008! That’s a lot of homeschool curriculum.
Do you look at your shelves and think, “Why do I have so much homeschool curriculum?” There are recognizable signs of homeschool curriculum-itis and I’ve learned to spot them. I hope my own struggle with this affliction can help you recognize the signs, too. It might just save your sanity (and help you with spring cleaning).
Signs You Have Too Much Homeschool Curriculum
Written by Sara of Heart and Soul Homeschooling.
Your friends borrow your curriculum.
One sign you have too much curriculum is that your friends come over to borrow from your stash . The funny part is that you probably won’t even miss it. When friends borrow curriculum, it probably just means you’ve been homeschooling a while and your supply has built up quite nicely.
Your kids will naturally outgrow the curriculum at some point, so consider donating or selling what you no longer need. Or become the go-to for used curriculum within your local homeschool group.
Bright side: you can help those new homeschool families who will be totally impressed with your boundless homeschool curriculum knowledge.
You sell your curriculum and still have a whole shelf full.
Selling your curriculum is a good sign. However, you might have too much curriculum if it looks like you haven’t sold anything. Try to cut your curriculum stash in half, and perhaps it will look like you have made a dent in getting rid of some items.
Bright side: full bookshelves are not only educational, but they also make lovely home decor objects.
You can jump from curriculum to curriculum without having to purchase more.
Some homeschooling families don’t stick to one certain curriculum forever. They like to change it up. You may have too much curriculum if you have gone two weeks without using the same curriculum. In fact, your kids might think you’re starting them on a new one each day. If you can do all that without even adding anything to your current collection, odds are you bought too much curriculum.
Bright side: Variety is the spice of life — and homeschooling.
You keep buying because you don’t realize what you have.
A major sign you have too much curriculum is that you keep buying when you already have it. I’ve even gone through my curriculum and found that I’d bought the same curriculum more than once! A little embarrassing, but hey, stuff happens. Of course, there’s also digital curriculum stored on your computer or in Dropbox that you forgot you had.
Bright side: you can sell or loan the duplicates or have a spare when the toddler decides to color it up and make it “pretty.”
You are known as the homeschooling curriculum expert.
A sign that you have too much curriculum is when you’re known as the homeschooling curriculum expert. People call you up and ask you about your opinion on whatever curriculum they’re considering using. There is no shame in knowing a lot, but it sure is a sign that you have too much homeschooling curriculum. Ask me how I know.
Bright side: you could start a blog and write homeschool curriculum reviews that will genuinely help people who are making the difficult decisions about which curriculum to use.
Remember that having too much homeschooling curriculum doesn’t make you a bad person! I think it’s awesome. You love what you do and you’re not afraid to invest in it. I just knew some of you could relate to these tongue-in-cheek signs of having too much homeschool curriculum.
What is a sign that you have too much homeschool curriculum? Let us know in the comments!
Sara Jordan is a homeschooling mom of three creative girls. They believe in literature-rich learning with living books. Relaxed, delight-directed learning is their approach so they follow interests and explore ideas to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Their emphasis is on nurturing creativity, curiosity, character, and connection. Sara is an author/speaker/consultant who loves to inspire other homeschool moms on her blog, Heart and Soul Homeschooling, and with the resources she creates in the Heart and Soul Homeschooling shop. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.