We Are Hiring Curriculum: Evaluating Your Homeschool Team

As homeschoolers, we often take on the roles of educators, administrators, and curriculum selectors. Just like in any organization, we have to make hiring decisions. But have you ever thought about it in those terms? Welcome back to Making Everyday Magic! I’m Shanna, and today, inspired by a fellow content creator, I want to delve into the concept of “hiring” curriculum for your homeschool.

We Are Hiring Curriculum



Recently, I saw a video on Dawn’s channel over at Minimal Mom, where she talks about minimalism and decluttering. Amidst her tips, one stood out: when you bring something into your home, you’re essentially hiring it to perform a job. It got me thinkingโ€”this philosophy perfectly applies to homeschool curriculum selection.


Applying to Homeschool Curriculum

Choosing curriculum is like conducting job interviews. You sift through options, review resumes (syllabi), and check references (reviews). Finally, you select the candidate you believe is best suited for the jobโ€”educating your child.


Break-Ups Are Hard

But what happens when the curriculum doesn’t meet expectations? It’s tough to admit failure, especially when you’ve invested time and money. However, viewing curriculum as employees rather than personal failures can ease the emotional burden.

We Are Hiring Curriculum

Removing the Emotional Investment

Instead of blaming ourselves for a curriculum’s shortcomings, let’s adopt a CEO mindset. Evaluate objectively: Is the curriculum fulfilling its role? If not, it’s time for a change.


Pass Out the Pink Slips

Quitting is often stigmatized, but sometimes, it’s necessary for growth. If a curriculum isn’t working, don’t hesitate to let it go. Give it a pink slip and move onโ€”it’s not a reflection of your abilities as an educator.


My Quit or Pivot Formula for Success

Consider giving the curriculum a chance to improveโ€”put it on probation. Identify areas for change, and if it doesn’t improve within a reasonable timeframe, it’s time to part ways. If you identify what change would improve your curriculum experience then pivot and make the change. If you try and it doesn’t work, QUIT! If you can not even fathom what would improve your user experience, then it is time to QUIT!

We Are Hiring Curriculum


Remember, you’re the CEO of your homeschool. You have the authority to make hiring and firing decisions. Don’t let guilt or sunk costs cloud your judgment. Be ruthless when necessary and prioritize your child’s education above all else. If you found this advice helpful, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or over on Instagram. Be sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. Until next time, keep making everyday magic happen in your homeschool journey!


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