What homeschool subjects to teach and when to teach them is a huge fear factor for any new homeschooler or those struggling with the how tos of homeschooling. Too, sometimes as veteran homeschoolers, we just need the reminders.
Without prior teaching experience, it’s easy enough to figure out the 3 R’s, but beyond that, making sure I covered homeschool subjects well and knowing when to move on was uncharted territory for me.
TO BOLDLY GO WHERE OTHERS HAVE BEEN BEFORE (okay, okay)
Then, the second half to my struggle was wondering just when do I teach homeschool subjects.
At what age should I introduce certain subjects?
Questions like when to teach spelling and what grade to continue it through were equally baffling to me. How about phonics, that is just teaching letter sounds right?
I didn’t even think about dividing my year into semesters when planning. For example, should my year look the same way from beginning to end? Can I just teach one subject for one semester and a completely different one or two for another semester?
How do I plan and get all these subjects in? How much is enough of one subject?
I hope over the next three articles to relieve some of your fear and stress as to what homeschool subjects to teach and when.
Also, providing help so you plan your year and for you to think like an educator is another goal I have in this three part series.
As far as the very basic and essential subjects of any rigorous program, math and language arts will be your spine all the way from pre-k to high school.
In the next post, I will tackle language arts for you. Breaking it down to individual pieces as far as explaining what subjects make up language arts, which will give you a more clearer picture of it.
We both know, you and I left that kind of thinking to have the flexibility of homeschooling. But what I do want to do is to give you specifics and a place to start.
Many articles tout generalities and that never really helped me much because I was just as confused or more so before I started reading the article.
What is Your Twelve Year Plan for Homeschool?
If I had specifics, a guideline or rule of thumb, then I could make the right choices for my family within some guidelines or a rule of thumb. I hope you do the same for your precious family.
Two Step Homeschool Planning
Look at this list below and try to reason out why certain subjects can wait for certain grades. I won’t leave you hanging long because I will explain the reason behind some of this in the next two articles.
For now, just wrap your mind around your 12 year homeschool plan.
Math – Prek to 12th
Penmanship – Prek to 4th
Phonics – Prek to 3rd
Composition – 3rd to 4th
Grammar – 3rd to 12th
Spelling – 3rd to 8th
Teaching Reading – Prek to 4th
Literature – 5th to 12th
Vocabulary 4th to 12th
Bible – Infancy to adult
History- 3rd to 12th
Geography – 3rd to 12th
Science – 3rd to 12th
The very basic first step in your planning along with looking over the homeschool subjects is to know what is required by law in the state or country you live in.
The second step is to B R O A D E N your view of what is homeschool curriculum and that is where I help you out in the form below.
Fill out the top part about what is the required curriculum and look below at the visual where I explain the differences in subjects.
Above the pink line are essential subjects and though subjects below the line are important, if you are overwhelmed, have a limited budget or are new to homeschooling, those subjects can simmer for a bit.
Curriculum Planning Sheet – Add requirements @ Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus and New Bee Homeschooler
Does this list help you?
Any guesses why some of these subjects can wait and some you want to start right away?
Be in the know, read my other two posts here:
Hugs and love ya,
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