For several reasons I decided to build my own homeschool curriculum this year. With the help of Ejahi from Youtube (look her up) I used her Steps to Building Your Own Curriculum worksheet along with her Youtube video a few other websites, and I was able to build my own homeschool curriculum.
In this post, I will cover Steps 1 and 2 of Building your own Curriculum
Step 1- What is vision and goal for home school?
The ultimate goal for my kids is that they become independent, God fearing, financially responsible, law abiding, family men with great Godly character and integrity.
Scripture basis: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Step 2- Choose a home school philosophy/ method that fits your vision as a guide to building your own curriculum.
1. We have adopted an eclectic homeschooling method. (watch the video for more details)
2. We will homeschool year-round. This is best for retention purposes and to keep the kids progressing, as they currently tend to learn slower than their peers.
3. Although, we are a faith based family. We may not necessarily use faith based curriculum. We will teach Bible and Character building every day as a part of our normal curriculum. However, I don’t feel it necessary to have God mentioned in all their textbooks, as we incorporate God into our daily lives.
4. We will use a “project based” visual and kinesthetic teaching style using hands on materials, games, puzzles, videos, software, flash cards, experiments, lap books, traveling and field trips. Except for Language Arts and Bible, we will only use textbooks, worksheets, and copy work to strengthen and reinforce what we are learning through project based teaching.
5. We will use work boxes to encourage independence in doing school work, to teach the kids to work on a schedule independently and teach them how manage their time better. The faster they get done, the faster they can get to their “free choice” selection which is at the end of the school day.
6. We will use child directed interests as “teaching moments.” – If a child is interested in learning about a particular interest/subject we will add it to our course of study.
7. We will not let their age determine the level of work they should be doing (1st, 2nd 3rd etc…) We will use ability levels to determine what grade level of work they should be doing in each subject.
8. We will use a scope and sequence in each subject to determine what to cover. We will not let a calendar determine when we move to the next grade level in any subject. When we have covered each objective in the scope and sequence, we will move to the next grade level in that subject.
9. We will not grade work(A-F) or use any testing for the time being. This may change as the children get older. This relieves the pressure of constantly having to be “right” and allows them to learn freely at their own pace, with no pressure. We use an “umbrella school” So technically my kids are considered private school students. Our “private school” allows us to home educate, using whatever curriculum, teaching method, or grading method we deem necessary.
10. We will measure our progress through daily work completed. Determining the level based on how far along we are in mastering and retaining the objectives of the scope and sequence of a particular subject. It will be recorded on our blog and through other electronic means: scanning worksheets, taking pictures capturing video etc….This will serve as our “portfolio” (Also not necessary through our umbrella school)
Stay plugged in to Read Part 2.. Where we will cover Steps 3-5
- Step 3- Mapping out core subjects based off your educational model. ( I choose subjects based off my vision)
- Step 4- Deciding on electives and extracurricular activities.
- Step 5- Making a weekly schedule: every subject does not have to be taught everyday, combine subjects to fit multiage groups, etc..