How do I choose curriculum?

Take into account the ages of your children, but only use that as a starting point because many children are performing either above or below their grade level.  Some companies, such as Saxon Math, offer an online placement test so that you know which level to purchase for your child.  Then, try to assess their learning styles - are they a visual, tactile (touch), or auditory learner?  For instance, if your child is a tactile learner, you may want to purchase a math curriculum with manipulatives (hands-on activities) and avoid one that uses only a workbook.  Don't worry if you purchase a curriculum that looked great in the catalog but just does not seem to work for your family.  It happens to the best of us!