We are free to be flexible with our curriculum.
If something is not working for us we can change it or chuck it. Maybe it worked for one child but not another. No problem. Sure, we don't want to be capricious. We still need to work diligently at things that are difficult. We don't want to give our kids the message that if something doesn't work we can just quit. But that's not what I'm talking about.
We recognize that our kids have strengths and weaknesses. They have their own learning styles. They have unique interests and passions. We can use that to our and their advantage!
Gunnar is fascinated and tender-hearted toward animals. Guess what we're doing for Science next year? Tate loves to read about armies, soldiers, weapons, and military history. Guess what we'll be reading about in our history/social studies next year? Would you rather write a research paper about the Boston Tea Party or put yourself in the story with historical fiction? Would you rather study fossils or caves? Would you rather paint a picture or make a collage? Whenever I can give the kids a choice, I will.
With curriculum, what works for one family may not work for another. I remember interviewing several friends when I was thinking about homeschooling. One mom showed me a curriculum she loved called "Spell to Write and Read." It uses that very progression with little kids - learning spelling rules to teach writing which in turn teaches reading. It was awesome, she was really enthused about it, and it was very successful with her girls.
But it would've been a disaster with my boys. Not that there was anything feminine about the curriculum, but the whole thing was backwards. Writing (fine motor skills) has to come before reading? Not in this house!
But no problem! I rejoice with her, and I choose something different for us :D