Recently, I saw this quote on a picture on social media telling me that “using a scripted curriculum is like demanding Picasso use paint by numbers”. Luckily Picasso was a smart man when it came to his art. He could see a beautiful creation and represent it on canvas. That is pretty clever, if I do say so myself. However, usually his works of art were placed on canvas from something that was already created, something that he had already seen with some of his own creativity or manipulation. The use of curriculum is similar, in my viewpoint. You see, I can use a curriculum for home education that is already put together nicely (created) with all the research of what should be taught on my child’s level and then craft my own lesson plans and objectives that work for my family and me.
Finding curriculum for education can be easy
This is so much easier than a writer who might have writer’s block because she has to come up with a unique story from the beginning. As a homeschool mom, I didn’t have time to recreate the wheel and deal with that so called “writer’s block” or what I am going to teach today. Real life was happening and I needed to attend to those activities in addition to teaching my children. I wanted extra time to spend with my children and to pursue their individual interests. I didn’t want to spend all day in the academics. I am thankful for the curriculum my husband and I chose over 20 years ago to educate our children at home. Thank you BJU Press for being a part of our home education! I didn’t need a paint-by-number or script, but I did need guidance and help and to not have to worry if my children were getting all the academics they needed for their college and adult life activities. After researching which curriculum could meet all of those requirements, I was able to take it and manipulate it to work for our family through the years, which was a huge blessing.
All four of my children are in or have graduated from college. All work in jobs and are prepared to be productive and capable citizens. Their college days are successful. Each of my children is a work of art and the proof that how I chose to teach them individually using the curriculum we chose, was in effect, the creation of a masterpiece. Before using any curriculum, whether in full as a package or individually by subjects, consult the Ultimate Master our Lord and Savior. He directs as you choose the paint and canvas. And whether there are stray lines or blotches now and again in your painting, He is in control of that ultimate masterpiece, your child.
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20 year veteran homeschool mom