“If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?”
First you need to know what you’re trying to achieve. What do you want your children to learn? Don’t purchase a bunch of school supplies just because somebody recommended them or because they sound good. First set your goals, then figure out how to teach toward those goals.
Your children’s best education will only be attained if you purposefully work toward a goal. Prayerfully determine what your priorities are, then commit your goals to writing. Vague goals are difficult to assess; written goals can easily be reviewed. Every family is unique, so will have unique goals.
Nobody has time to do everything that they would like to do. When you have written goals, you can evaluate opportunities in light of your goals. No matter how good an opportunity is, if it does not help you achieve your goals, it is not something in which you should invest time.
After you know what your goals are, you can plan how best to achieve them.
It’s a Permutation
Many people start by looking at curriculum, pick something they like, and then set their goal as “get through the curriculum.” In the long run, you’ll have better success if you first figure out what you want to accomplish (set goals), then choose the best curriculum that will get you where you want to go.