One of the frustrations I have with homeschooling is that everyone has a different idea of what should be taught when. This can lead to confusion when trying to plan which resources to use with which child.
Since I tend to take an eclectic approach to our curriculum, I often check both classical and charlotte mason websites for ideas. One subject I am always looking for ideas on is writing because it has been the most difficult subject for my older children to master. Watching them struggle in this area often causes me to wonder if I’m asking too much or too little for their ages and abilities. Seeing what other curricula recommend gives me helpful guidance in this area.
This gives me some guidance of what to expect when. At present, I am using two writing curricula to help me teach my children, but having a chart to compare their progress against helps me see whether or not we are meeting our goals. Given my experience with my oldest two children, I am not quite brave enough to try to teach writing without a curriculum to guide me, but maybe in the future I will be confident enough to do so!