I’ve learned you don’t have to be a seasoned homeschooler to become a certified Curriculum Junkie. I’m only in my second year and I, too, have joined the ranks of this pathetic group (for which there is no known organized recovery program as of yet). You could be a Curriculum Junkie, too. Here are the signs to look out for.
You know you’re a Curriculum Junkie when:
10. You not only schedule your family vacations around your state’s annual homeschool convention but you also schedule your family vacations around your state’s surrounding state’s annual homeschool conventions.
9. Before leaving for a homeschool convention, you promise yourself that you are only going to look and not buy any curriculum and even leave your rolling cart behind at home as an incentive to not have to haul around heavy curriculum all day. But you end up buying another rolling cart at the home convention anyway…and proceed to fill it up. Twice…maybe three times.
8. You add up your homeschool curriculum purchases for the year and they add up to more than you spent for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and tithing combined.
7. Your 7-ft tall 6-shelf curriculum bookcase is so full that you can dedicate a complete shelf to each subject…and your child is only in Kindergarten.
6. Your 7-ft tall 6-self curriculum bookcase is completely full and so now you need to order another one for next year’s purchases. And your child is still only in Kindergarten.
5. You’re not only on a first name basis with your UPS delivery man but you know him so well that you get invited to his kid’s birthday parties.
4. You lend out your curriculum to your homeschooling friends for them to “try out” before they buy because you’ve never used it yourself to give them an honest review about it first-hand.
3. The last thing you read at night is the curriculum catalog that came in the mail that day.
2. The first thing you read in the morning is the curriculum catalog that came in the mail the day before.
And the Number 1 sign that you are a Curriculum Junkie….
1. You purchase a really cool curriculum and stow it on your brand new curriculum bookcase next to the exact same curriculum that you forgot you had already purchased the year before.