So you have made the decision to home school your child but you don't know what they should learn in their current grade. How do you find this out? Well there is tons of information on the internet. Many programs such as the ACE and the Alpha - Omega system provide this information to you. With the ACE program they provide you with what's called a Scope & Sequence manual.
This manual provides a syllabus for each subject per grade level. It basically says what the student at that level needs to learn and the order in which it should be taught.
Of course, as their parent, you can vary from this a little. As your child's instructor, you must keep in mind to not require your child to learn something for which they have no basis upon which to build.
For example, we learn to add and subtract before we learn to multiply and divide. One of the main reasons we chose to homeschool our child was because Common Core kicked in just as our child was entering the 7th grade and she was expected to learn 9th grade material without having the foundation of 7th and 8th grade education.
Education is not a one size fits all and it should never be trapped inside a box.
Do some research from various websites and craft your own scope and sequence.
For some part of it, you'll need to require your child to learn certain things in a certain order but don't be afraid to be flexible.
From your scope and sequence, form a weekly plan that outlines the daily lessons to help you keep track. This information will also help you to stage benchmarks or tests to make sure your child has mastered certain content before moving on to other material.
In closing, it is a good idea for you, as the instructor, to study the material before hand and be prepared for questions and or discussions, especially when it comes to math and some sciences.
What are your favorite web resources? Do you allow your self to vary from the well beaten path? How did it work out for you and your child?
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