Home Schooling Curriculums
Apr 27, 2012 Home Schooling
Now that you have a solid understanding of what your school requires, do not sit back. You have a lot of work to do to get your child ready for his new education. In particular, you should start your search with the curriculum.
A curriculum is the course of study that he or she will work through. Although some parents would like to be completely in charge of their child's education, it may be better to incorporate a curriculum because it allows for your child to learn required information at an age appropriate level. In other words, the child is learning what he or she would be learning in a traditional school, or more.
There are many types of curriculums. Your state laws may require that you have an approved by the state curriculum. If this is necessary, be sure to look for this information any program that you use. You may want to put together your own curriculum, but it can be far easier and give you more options if you purchase a premade curriculum.
In this article we will look at some of the options you have for curriculum selection. You may be happy to learn just how many options you have available to you. Do not get overwhelmed; just do some detailed research and never rush the process.
Tips For Selection
Take some time to browse through the available curriculums available both online and through offline retailers. You want to get as much information about these programs as possible. In short, your goal is to be able to see not only what is included in the curriculum but also what format it is being taught in. Even more so, you may need to consider both your short-term goals and requirements and your long-term goals. Encompassing these key aspects is critical to selecting a curriculum that will benefit both you and your child's education.
The following are some key areas to explore. Keep each of these in mind as you look for the right home schooling curriculum.
Child's Needs And Strengths
One of the good things about a home schooling curriculum is just how flexible it can be to meet your child's specific educational requirements and needs. In particular, your child's strengthens can be added to while other aspects can be strengthened.
Some of the companies offering a home schooling curriculum will provide you with excellent tools to aid you in learning where your child's strengths and needs are. These are done through aptitude tests which may be mailed into the organization or, which is becoming more popular, these tests can be done right online. This is an easy way to learn where your child stands in home schooling.
- Determine what areas of education your child excels in.
- Learn where your child's weaknesses or opportunities may lie.
- Learn about the areas that your child is most interested in and seems to enjoy.
- Find out the way that your child learns, such as through hands on activities or through reading.
- Find out where your child stands on his or her religious or world view needs, which is often a focus of many home schooling programs.
All of these aspects are critical to expand on. You will find that most of the home schooling curriculum companies help you to examine these specific areas so that your child can obtain a better level of education from them.
Research Teaching Options
The student is a key component of the process of selecting a home schooling curriculum, but so is the parent. You may have your own wishes, ideas and plans that you wish to add to the home schooling process. That is fantastic and it is an opportunity for you to do exceedingly well. The key is, though, that you need to find methods that work for your child and your needs.
Look at the various types of programs available. Inspect them for the aspects that help to make them a good option for you and your child.
- What method of teaching is used? This could be a structured style which is just like school in the home or it could be in the un-schooling style, which is based on where the child's particular interests are.
- Consider accelerated learning programs designed for students who are exceptionally gifted. Parents may not want to place their child in these programs unless they have tested for them, in the first year. This could hold back students who may not grasp the information at a fast enough pace.
- Determine if there is use of computer aided learning, which is becoming more popular in many upper levels of education for students.
Teaching options are often readily displayed in the programs. You are sure to find a range of different options to consider. If you are unsure about what you should select, take some time to learn what other parents are doing and how well it is working for their particular child's needs. This can help you to assure your child, and yourself, that you can home school around a method that matches everyone's particular needs and desires.
Explore Your Teaching Philosophy
Your teaching philosophy is important to understand. Many aspects play a role in this area.
Take some time to explore your own ideas and feelings on your child's education. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
- Do you like the approach of learning through textbooks?
- Do you feel that you have the ability to design your own curriculum and meet state required standards? Do you feel comfortable with purchasing from a variety of publishers?
- Do you feel children need good lecturing, and as such, will you want to spend more time with hands on teaching with your child?
- What about literature? Do you think that it should play a significant role in your child's education? Rather, do you want your child to learn history from biographies and textbooks?
- How do you view life's ups and downs? Are they learning experiences or mistakes?
- How much time and energy do you honestly have to put into a lot of hands-on style of experiments and projects?
- Do you want your child to learn independently, rather than working hand in hand with you?
Your selection of a curriculum can be enhanced after you have explored these very personal opinions of how your child will learn. There are no right or wrong answers here, just questions you should ask yourself.
Now that you have some basic information, head out and start looking at your options for curriculums. Research them and really work to understand where your options are. Do not make a decision just yet, but narrow down your options based on the ideas that you know have in your mind.