Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Planning and Choosing Your Curriculum Line-up

It is that time of year again when everyone is getting tax money, homeschool conventions are starting up and everyone is talking about and sharing their ideas about what is good curriculum.  But how do you decide?  There are so many choices, so many paths, methods, ideas, subjects, and things to explore when it comes to curriculum, textbooks, instructional programs, unit studies, etc.

How do your children learn?

reading books

What is your teaching style?

let them do their own thing
mom leads but does her own thing
we're all in this together (teaching to the oldest or youngest and everyone else follows along)

What subjects do you want to teach?

language arts (grammar, vocabulary, study skills, composition, penmanship, phonics, reading, spelling, etc.)
social studies and/or history  and/or classical studies
science and/or nature studies
physical education and/or health
practical skills

Once you know the answers to these questions you can sit down and figure out what you want to use.  If you know that you have visual/physical/auditory learners and you like to teach in an artistic then you may want to start looking at Waldorf and/or Oak Meadow.  If your children love to read and you like to use books as a jumping off point then something like Sonlight or Winter's Promise might be in your future.  If you like to let the kids learn on their own through life experience then you may just be searching for fun activities to leave around the house this year as you unschool.  And if you have a child who likes textbooks and you are one to let the children self-teach then Abeka or Bob Jones or a similar curriculum would be a good fit.

Basically, there are lots of choices out there. But you get to decide what is going to work best for your family.  If you take into consideration the choices above, you will probably find a good fit fairly easily. 

My daughter's tend toward creativity, visual, textual, auditory, and physical learning.  I like to have ideas but not a script and I tend to be creative/artistic in my teaching style but like to have worksheets to fall back on when I am not feeling up to par.  So Oak Meadow is the right choice for us.  The syllabus/texts give us a good framework, I can add in worksheets, and there are ideas for making things more creative and fun.

Good luck in your curriculum hunting this year.


Cathy said...

I am intrigued by a "Lego-led teaching style". As I have a Lego-mad boy something like this would probably really appeal to him. We are Waldorf homeschoolers, but are not purists, so we do have a lot of Lego! Do you have any links you could pass on so I can look into this?

Also, I wanted to ask about your 1999 curriculum. Is it a bit more Waldorfy than the current version?

Many thanks and blessings.

CloseAcademy said...

The OM 1999 syllabus would be easy to set up in blocks since the social studies, science and math all have their own sections in the syllabus.

I will write later on Lego-led learning.


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