How To Plan A Homeschooling Curriculum

The best way I’ve found to plan a homeschooling curriculum is to break it down, then break it down again and again until you’ve got a manageable amount of information to work with. As always, I advocate as much planning as possible, a significant level of organization, plus a few other tricks to help you along the way!

Break It Down

It can be overwhelming to try to plan a whole homeschooling curriculum, that’s why I strongly recommend you first break the curriculum down into subject areas. From there, you can decide on the topics you wish to cover over the period of a year, the sub-topics and finally the lesson plans themselves.

Have in mind specific learning objectives for each subject area before you start. This will assist you in deciding on the topics you wish to cover. Don’t worry too much about detailed lesson plans but do be specific about what you want to achieve in each lesson. Also ensure you allow time in each lesson for revision, follow up and your own critique of how it all went. If you’re so inclined, you can also include testing time on a regular basis.

You can get curriculum ideas from homeschooling groups online or in your local area, homeschooling websites and also from your state education department.

Don’t Forget Why You’re Doing This

Document your reasons for homeschooling. Put it up in a prominent place so you remember why you’re doing this and to help keep you focused on what you want to achieve.

Have A Timeframe In Mind

How long do you wish to spend (and have your children spend) homeschooling? Make sure you detail this on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis so you know what your commitment should be and so you stick to it!

Keep in mind that homeschooled children generally take less time to complete lessons than children in regular schools. As a general rule, I find that homeschooling my children takes 3 hours or less daily. This will, of course, differ, depending on the age of your children and their ability for independent study, but half a day is usually sufficient for most homeschooling situations. The rest of your child’s day can be spent pursuing personal interests or in independent reading, study or specialist lessons such as music, sport etc.

Keep Up The Interest

To keep both yourself and your child motivated and interested, it’s a great idea to develop a curriculum or learning topic around a particular theme of interest. Does your child love pirates? Well, a month of pirate related activities and lessons is a great way to keep the interest up. Themes can transcend across all subject areas – math, English, science, social studies, art, music, etc.

Make sure you also include some free time for your children to independently learn or play (depending on their age level). If they show an interest in a lesson beyond its conclusion, allow them to spend some independent time exploring the topic on their own.

Excursions are a great way to escape the ‘classroom’, extend a learning objective or create a new one. The obvious places to visit are zoos, farms, museums, galleries, exhibitions, aquariums etc, but don’t limit yourself to these. A train or bus trip, a visit to an ice-cream, toy or chocolate factory, a visit to an old person’s home, even a library or park trip can all be great learning opportunities.

Conclusion

It’s all in the planning – the more you plan and document in the beginning, the easier and more successful your homeschooling experience will be. Take advantage of your local community and online resources and play to your child’s interests. With these tools under your belt, you’re well on your way to becoming a successful homeschooling parent.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook – A Creative and Stress-Free Approach to Homeschooling

Within society, we often lose our way. As a result, many have taken it upon themselves to provide handbooks in order to help the rest of us find our way. There are handbooks available for most any situation, from how to survive in the wilderness to building a house out of surrounding materials. We can get the information we need to aid in our trek around the world seeking adventure and all that nature has to offer through handbooks. They have increasingly become an important part of helping us through life itself.

As it so happens, there is a movement afoot that is capturing the attention of parents everywhere. It is a movement borne out of concern regarding the educating of our children and the increasing evidence that supports the position that the educational system in its present form is failing our children’s academic needs to a greater extent than ever. Being that necessity is the mother of invention, Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore have produced a handbook for the ages.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook” is just such a book to meet the parent’s need to guide their children through the jungle that is the educational system. And, it provides those needs in a simple, small bites approach. It is not a book that strictly advocates removing the child from mainstream schools and teaching them at home; it more accurately sees the desire for parents to do whatever is necessary to ensure their child’s education and champions that position, whether it be in the home or the traditional educational arena.

The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook” is wonderfully segmented into five distinct parts, dealing with such critical issues like that found in part two titled “Homeschooling Stress: Prevention and Remedy” addressing issues such as learning to slow down and not stress over the “what about their peers” question. In part four titled “Effective Homeschoolers Share Their Wisdom” you get a compilation of insights from actual homeschoolers sharing their experiences, revealing that each child is a treasure and unique in his or her own way. You will hear from people from every walk of life; the single mother, the Navy wife, physicians, artists, a former assistant attorney general.

In part five there are answers to questions such as how to get into college after being homeschooled, or how a working mother can still home school. You will also get some invaluable background as to how the home schooling movement was born as well as concerns regarding the dreaded word ‘certified’.

In the epilogue of “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook” you will find a chapter titled “The Moore Formula” that has been tried and true dealing with four critical areas vital to home school and, by default, societal success: head, hand, heart and health. This chapter will provide three main areas to address for the sake of the children and their future that is backed by documented research to be effective in furthering the child’s academic and societal growth: study, work and service. It is the Moore’s position that these are most critical if children are to succeed in life, whether it is from a home schooled environment or within the public educational system itself.

Never preachy, yet never compromising, “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook” is nothing short of a Godsend when it comes to finding our way through life as it is today. Timeless principles abound within its covers and the message is evergreen for all generations to take heed. If we are to succeed as a society, indeed as a free nation, we need to take every step and make every sacrifice possible that our future generations mirrored in our children will receive the guaranteed need for that success. This is most assuredly found in Raymond and Dorothy Moore’s wonderful book. Whether you are a single mom, grandparent or the ‘stereotypical’ intact family unit, “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook” will be an invaluable guide helping you and your children see the world around you with eyes of wonder.