Homeschooling Basics- how do you put it all together?
How do you put it all together to create a cohesive homeschooling year when you have curriculum, kid’s abilities, goals, family size, and extra-curricula to consider?
Set your Goals – Long and Short Term
One of the biggest homeschooling basics is to set your goals! I’ve talked to hundreds of parents as I’ve done Academic Advising with students from around the world with all sorts of goals and abilities. It is often apparent to the parents what direction their students will take by or around Junior High. Most parents can sense if their kids are going on to Vo-Tech, College, Military or Ivy League, if not specifically, at least generally.
Most parents also realize around Jr. High (if not before) if their kiddo has a learning disability, processing disorder or other issues or limitations.
If your kids have a specific skill set, like setting swimming records in your state and going for an NCAA scholarship, or dream of going to the Air Force Academy, you’ll want to be even more intentional and goal-directed than not, in order to make those dreams come true.
Have a good sense of a solid academics
The “Core 4” consists of Math, English, History, and Science. Of course, these all look slightly different depending on ages/ stages, abilities and long term goals, but it’s a good place to start with covering the basics.
“Extra-curriculars” include, but are not limited to, foreign language, computer, art, music, theater, dance, sports, health, speech, animal care, life skills, soft skills, Scouts, all manner of interests, and specific areas of interest within the core classes.
Learn the Value of Homeschool Extras here.
Family Interests and Values
What is important to your family and values that you are willing to invest time and energy into?
Find out more about Pursuing Interests Through Electives.
Field Trips and travel
What field trips and travel do you plan to accomplish and how will you do this- with a co-op, camping, trading spaces with other homeschooling families? There is so much rich learning that happens when takes amazing field trips and travels, it should definitely be included in your overall homeschooling plan, if at all possible.
You can’t do it all, but you can do a lot of it.
One of the biggest homeschooling basics there is! You don’t have to sacrifice education for character training or juxtapose one set of priorities over another. Getting through difficult subject matter can be a part of character development and a good curriculum can support your child’s growth in ways that extend beyond academics. You don’t have to sacrifice or juxtapose one set of priorities over another. You do have to be intentional or something is bound to get lost in the shuffle.
How to manage it all?
Homeschooling is best goal-driven rather than curriculum-driven.
Start with the end in mind. Write the vision, make it plain, and feel free to make it outrageous and personal and epic and all yours.
- Set your goals first
- Name the course
- Determine the curriculum you’ll use to accomplish your goals.
Student Morgan Grade 1 School Year 2019-20
|Morgan reading by end of the year||English I||Alpha Phonics, Explode the Code|
|Developing creativity and fine motor skills||Art||Kumon Workbooks, MP’s Art Cards|
|Understanding Numbers||Math||Right Start Math|
|Discover the world around us||Science||Magic School Bus Books, Usborne, Nature Walks|
|Understanding broad overview of Bible and familiar stories||Bible||The Golden Children’s Bible, Arch Books|
|Develop Memory Work Skills and memorize various subject areas||Classical studies||Invictus or Claritas Memory Work, IEW’ Poetry|
|Begin to understand the sweeping course of History||History||SOTW, Timeline, History Cards|
|Language literacy and development of foreign language skills||Spanish||Spanish for Children|
Student Reagan Grade 9 School Year 2019-20
|Reading novels, plays, short stories, poetry, Writing persuasive and Compare and Contrast Essay||English I||EIW, LTW|
|Developing Creativity||Art||Music, Art, Theater|
|Algebra I||Math||Life of Fred Algebra I|
|Understand the scope of Church History||Bible||Memoria Press Church History|
|Develop Memory Work Skills and memorize various subject areas||Classical studies||History and Lit Timeline,|
|Develop an understanding of how historical events interacted and contributed.||History||HOTW, Timeline, History Cards|
|Develop fluency in Foreign Language||Latin I||First & Second Form Latin|
No plan is worth a thing without your willingness to implement it. Chart your course, headed True North, and then engage with passion and perseverance.
If you enjoyed this post on homeschooling basics be sure to check out our Homeschooling 101 post as well!