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If you are a new Homeschooler, we understand how overwhelming
choosing your child's homeschool curriculum program can be.
There are so many web-sites, catalogues,
and products from which to choose!
How do you know what is right for your child?
Well, that's where we can help.
We are here to assist you in the development of your child's
complete homeschool curriculum program.
Call us if you have questions
regarding how to Homeschool or
if you need help developing your Homeschool program.
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General Guidelines for
Homeschool Curriculum Package Development
We wish to share a few ideas that we have
found to be helpful when choosing a homeschool program for your
child/children. The information contained here is based on over 25 years of
involvement in the textbook industry and our experiences
in the homeschool movement in general.
desire a more structured and/or traditional homeschool program especially when their children reach middle
and high school. Parents express the need for guidelines as to what to teach and when to teach
it. That is why I developed this page of information.
developing complete homeschool curriculum packages for our customers, we usually stick with the 6 basics which are listed below. Please note that the recommended
subjects/grades are just that - recommendations...every child is different.
Obviously, Bible study and electives such as Latin, Greek, logic, foreign
language, accounting, speech, home economics, art, music, drafting etc. can be
used along with whatever program you may choose. Always consider your state home
school law when choosing your homeschool curriculum.
A comprehensive phonics
program needs to be customized based on your child's indivdual
level and abilities. Phonics is the foundation of reading, which is
the foundation of learning. Phonics is usually taught from
kindergarten through around 3rd grade and obviously overlaps with
Traditional spelling texts (which are usually
designed for grades 1-6) will include a variety of other skills
like word usage, dictionary skills, prefixes and suffixes,
definitions, writing etc.
Vocabulary building programs are usually designed for
grades 7-12 and are often workbooks which will include a variety
of exercises and may include Latin.
history text for grades 1-6 usually covers a number of topics like American
history, geography, world history, social
studies etc. No matter which one you choose for what ever grade level you're
teaching, just know that you'll cover that same material on a higher level
again in grades 7 -12.
In these middle to high school grades, most traditional
publishers will have one text for American history, one for World
history, one for Geography, and one for Government & Economics or
Civics and hopefully a state history book. You can either use
these 7-12 grade texts by grade level or you can teach whatever
you want whenever you want. Always keep your state home school law
approach, unit study method, or reading so called "real" books can work well,
especially in the elementary grades. We encourage you to
supplement this more random teaching style with the standard grade level
texts mentioned above to help prepare you child for standardized tests (which is
a concern of many parents). Your child may use these traditional
texts as readers or in a read aloud/discussion setting.
We have also found that
most home school parents prefer the traditional text when their children reach the upper grades (7-12) to insure their child doesn't have gaps
which is often a concern of parents with middle to high
school age students who are preparing for college prep tests.
Science can be taught many different ways in all grades- unit studies, hands-on
approach, traditional text or in any combination.
Most textbook publishers address the 3 sciences (life, earth and
physical) in their 1st through 6th grade text books. Some may also include
7th grade science texts usually cover either "general"
science (which is usually a combination of the 3 sciences mentioned
before) or life science.
8th grade usually covers either "general" science or
9th grade is usually physical science.
10th through 12th grades are usually devoted to biology or
Obviously, you can teach whatever you choose, but be sure
to refer to your state's home school guidelines when necessary.
Once your child
learns to read there are obviously a million things from which to choose. In the
very beginning, I suggest you choose phonics readers which usually include only
a limited number of sight words, are vocabulary controlled, and will supplement
any phonics program you may have chosen.
Traditional reading programs are most often designed for grades 1-6
and come in a variety of formats.
Literature is usually taught in grades
7-12. We recommend that you invest in a literature library. Find a publisher you
like and invest in a "set" (student book & teacher edition) for each
grade (7-12). Having this complete set will give you many years of use and your
student an overall understanding and appreciation of literature. You can easily
correlating your literature with your history.
For example if you're studying world history - also study world literature.
Grammar and Composition
There are many
ways to teach English grammar and composition. Here are two:
1. Your child (any grade) can study English by using a
traditional text which will teach both grammar and composition. Very often they
also cover Spelling/Vocabulary, Study Skills or Usage and Mechnics. Because we
have found that so much of the information presented in a traditional English
text is duplicated from year to year, it is not always necessary for you to buy
an English program every year. Instead, choose a publisher you like and buy a few
elementary level books, a middle school book and a few high school books
(especially grade 12 because it usually contains everything!) Use each book for
more than one school year instead of trying to cram in a whole English book
2. Another method of teaching English is to teach using two books- one
that teaches just grammar to be combined with a product that teaches just composition.
You'll find that all math
books for grades K-6 usually contain pretty much the same basic concepts for the
particular grade level. Choose the one that best suits your child's particular
learning style. Workbooks to accompany your student's textbook are very helpful
for review and reinforcemant of a math concepts. After completing grades K-6 you may then move on to 7th &
8th grade math books which should pull together and build upon all the
basic skills learned in previous grades. Consumer math can be taught any time
you want, but most publishers design their consumer math texts for middle to
high school. Your child may desire to move on to Algebra, Geometry (usually
touched on in the preceding grades), Advanced
Math, Calculus and Physics.
We highly recommend that you always purchase Teacher
Editions, Teacher Manuals or answer
keys to accompany you math textbook because they are a time saver and have tips etc. on teaching concepts. Solution Manuals are especially
helpful when you are teaching the higher maths as they give you the answers to
the problems in your student's text worked out step by step.
We hope this information
was helpful. Please feel free to call if you have questions.
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