The only time I ever succumbed to the temptation to buy a complete boxed curriculum was back when my oldest daughter was ready to start Kindergarten.
I guess I was feeling insecure about teaching my own kids, so I purchased the complete Kindergarten package from Calvert School. I felt it was the program that best fit with Charlotte Mason ideals at the time. There weren’t a lot of curriculum options back then — we’re talking nearly 25 years ago.
Much to my surprise, my daughter had already learned EVERYTHING in the entire Kindergarten curriculum already just through us living our lives naturally and educating organically.
Rather than feeling I’d wasted my money on that year’s curriculum, I always felt it was the best money I ever spent on homeschooling because it bought me confidence in my abilities to teach my own. Never bought another box of curriculum again.
Confidence in your homeschooling abilities? Priceless.