Choose Your Curriculum
Every child has a different learning style. It's important that you get to know your child and how he learns. That's the beauty of homeschooling-there is no one way that is right for everyone. It does help, however, to have a cohesive curriculum, especially your first couple years of homeschooling.
While a "free" or "cheap" conglomeration of books may sound really appealing, these books might not "go together" as well as one curriculum and thereby could confuse both the teacher and the students. Teacher's manuals, test booklets and answer keys help immensely, particularly the first year.
Most support groups hold used book sales sometime in May or June and you can get some good buys there. It's always helpful if you can talk with someone who has already used the curriculum you are looking at to get an experienced opinion.
On rare occasions public schools will allow you to borrow the books your student has been using. Remember, however, you will not get the teacher's book, the tests or the answer keys. Most schools will not allow you to take the books, even if you are pulling your student part way through the year. You will need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of picking up a new curriculum midstream.
You can view a lot of different curriculum option at homeschool conventions. Teach Them Diligently holds a regional conference each year that has a vendor hall filled with hundreds of curriculum vendors.
If you are looking for a homeschool friendly business to purchase your homeschool curriculum for, please consider those listed on our Vendor page.