Ask any parent who homeschools their children, they will tell you that building a homeschool curriculum is the most difficult task.
Below are a few tips that will help ensure you are meeting all of your child’s schooling needs as well as making one that fits your family best.
There are several different curriculum types. A parent can choose to teach their children based off of state requirements or different curriculum programs. Different curriculum programs can often include religious aspects. Many times these will change the way you do your lesson formats, worksheets, and assessments.
To determine the best homeschool curriculum for your child, you will need to consider your children, yourself, and your situation. You will want a plan that addresses all three and your unique needs.
Many parents have discovered that their child’s needs cannot be met by a single curriculum. By blending several homeschool curriculums and learning types, parents can add variety to their child’s learning process.
A successful homeschool curriculum can be made of many different approaches.
On one hand, the parent can review a set of subjects or courses to help their child to study or improve a set of skills. On another, the parent
can use a guided program of studies to meet learning objectives. Parents can even use technology to their advantage in the homeshooling process. There are also several different technological resources parents can utilize in the homeschooling process. These resources can include online books, DVDs, CDs, and so much more. Remember students need a secure and ad-free online environment to use for learning. Otherwise, students are likely to get distracted and put off the task.
Not only are there different homeschool curriculum types, but there are also different learning styles that are helpful in the teaching process.
Your teaching needs to showcase a variety of learning styles. Children need a diverse amount of activities to hold their attention.
This especially helps parents who are working with more than one child. What fits with one child may not fit with the other. It is a task all on its own to find what benefits your child in the learning process.
Even parents with one child can use several different learning styles when teaching. Children who favor one learning style above all will benefit from getting acquainted with all of them. They will be able to handle them appropriately when they go to college.
Interest-led learning is also a beneficial tool that is often used by Montessori schools. If your child has a strong interest or does not respond well to typical work, you may want to try this method.
Interest-led learning is when you allow your child’s interests to lead the process of learning. Parents must take note about what their child has an interest in. Then the parent must help the child learn even more about their interest.
This type of learning can be used alongside a traditional curriculum. Parents can work it into the curriculum or allow their children to use it for learning as a whole.
As an example, a parent may want to incorporate reading about the interest or going on field trips. Just keep in mind to add these interests in at appropriate times when the timing is right for you.
On the subject of high schoolers, parents may want to base their homeschool curriculum around post-graduation plans.
If your high schooler is college bound, you will need to keep in mind that there are no specific course requirements for homeschool high schoolers in most states. You have to keep in mind that there are still specific courses that colleges will want to see. You may want to check the commonly required high school courses at the ACT website. Another good option would be to look into the course requirements for the college your child wants to go into.
If your child is not wanting to go to college, it is best to focus on opportunities to learn and receive training. Your student gets a unique and wonderful opportunity to explore and learn differently than most. Volunteer opportunities are a great option for these students.
Businesses, non-profits, libraries, farms, fire stations, animal shelters, and more are always looking out for a little extra help. By allowing your child to volunteer, it teaches them both academic and non-academic skill sets. This can include time management, patience, and tolerance. As well as training in subject-specific areas, to name a few.
There is no single best homeschool curriculum that meets all educational needs of preschool through 12th graders. New approaches and online educational tools can be adapted to our own environment to ensure your child is fulfilled fully.