Planning a Home School Curriculum
Whenever the decision is made to consider home schooling children, one of the first questions that come to mind is: what curriculum should we use? There are many types and styles of curriculum available today to choose from and, as the home schooling movement has grown, so have the choices of curriculum. It is much easier than ever to choose curriculum specifically tailored to your individual beliefs and needs.
Some things to consider when choosing what curriculum to use can be as varied as philosophy, religion or what direction you would have your child be prepared academically to go. Fortunately for today, curriculum choices are as varied as you need them to be. Whatever direction you choose to go when establishing the educational needs for your child, the bottom line reason for home schooling your children should be that you want what is best for your child’s future. This is accomplished through the best educational tools made available that will ensure your children’s future be the best it can be, and there are plenty of home schooling materials to choose from.
Another variable regarding home schooling curriculum available today is the documentation factor. Many curriculums stress the more fundamental approach found within the public school system by setting up lessons that are worked out in workbooks. Others have made the transition to computer software; this allows the child to do more of their schooling on the computer. There are curriculums available that will track your child’s progress and make suggestions when determining the educational needs, based on progress made. They also document all progress within the software so parents can review their child’s progress at any time.
You will also need to know your state requirements and guidelines when choosing what curriculum to use. You can do this online by researching what curriculum will aid you in not only meeting your specific expectations academically but will also help you remain in compliance with the state requirements.
There are curriculum that allow great flexibility in what to teach and curriculum that is very scheduled, down to how long a particular subject should be taught before moving on to the next subject. Some curriculum provide all materials needed in relation to the subjects, while others provide a list of needed materials for you to secure along with the subjects provided. Of course, this will often determine the cost of whatever curriculum you decide to choose.
When choosing what type curriculum to use, it is also needful to point out the importance of selecting curriculum based on age appropriateness. There are some curriculums that have been designed to take your child from kindergarten to 12th grade, while others are only for certain age groups. Again, cost will most likely be the determining factor when choosing.
One final thought: Whatever you decide to do, above all make sure you weigh out the ‘cost versus the return on your investment factor’ before making the leap to home school your child. There is much more to the decision making process than the emotional unction to take your children out of public school because of (fill in the blank). You will need to do some very careful planning when considering home schooling, especially when it comes to choosing home schooling material; remember, your child’s future is as stake.