We Know: All About Developing a Homeschooling Curriculum

What kind of curriculum is available for my child?

You can homeschool your child using books, guides, curriculums in a box, Internet based curriculums, e-schools, or homeschool co-ops. Within each of these approaches you will find programs that cater different philosophies.

What is a curriculum in a box?

These full pre-packaged curriculums appeared with the dawn of the new homeschooling movement in the 1970's. They include all basic subjects and often include religious studies as well.

What is an Internet based curriculum?

Internet based curriculums offer the newest form of homeschooling program. An Internet search for "interactive homeschool curriculum" will provide you with many programs offered by public schools (public school at home) and private companies (private schools). These programs, accessed by password, are available from any Internet connection.

What are unit studies?

Unit studies base all subjects on one topic. If a child has an interest in saving the environment, then the unit may use science, language arts, and history to survey the subject. You can even integrate math into this subject with a little imagination. You can purchase unit study guides online, get free guides, or create your own.

What is an e-school?

An e-school is a traditional school accessed through the Internet. The students receive books in the mail and instruction over live Internet connections, pre-recorded sessions and e-mail. They may have group chats with classes, or individual IM sessions with teachers.

What is a Homeschool Co-op?

Homeschool co-ops are run by groups of parents where each parent teaches his/her specialty to the entire group of children. Chances are this parent will be an expert in his/her subject matter.

What should I use during our first year of homeschooling?

Keep your first year as simple as possible. A pre-packaged curriculum, Internet program, series of unit studies, or a simple guide is enough to get your child started. This will not only avoid confusion, but also keep your costs low until you can get an understanding of your child's learning style and develop your homeschool philosophy.

How do I choose a homeschooling philosophy?

Attend conventions and read books on unschooling, relaxed homeschooling, unit studies, and classical homeschooling. These are the basic philosophies.

How do I determine if my homeschooling curriculum meets or exceeds state and federal guidelines?

You can find local educational guidelines by searching your school district's web site for "curriculum". State and national educational standards can be found by doing a search for "national educational standards".

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