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curriculum help?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:14 am
by jolenegreen
DO I need to go with a specific curriculum or could I just make one up as I go?

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:05 pm
by Theodore
You can make one up as you go, especially for kindergarten and the early grades. Later on, you'll probably want to use curricula for at least math and perhaps science, though you can cover reading, writing, history, and any other subjective topic just fine on your own or through library books.

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 1:26 pm
by momo3boys
The only curriculum I have is Miquon and Developmental for math, and a simple bible study. Everything else is open. Right now we are studying caterpillars because we have found at least 9 of them this year.

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:33 pm
by elishajane
Start with understanding your state's guidelines/laws for homeschooling. They may dictate to a large extent which path you choose. If the laws are extesive, it may be easier to just pick a curriculum.
HTH,

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:10 pm
by cornopean
momo3boys wrote:The only curriculum I have is Miquon and Developmental for math, and a simple bible study. Everything else is open. Right now we are studying caterpillars because we have found at least 9 of them this year.

Get the Robinson Curriculum and use that as your base. then supplement where ever you see fit.

www.robinsoncurriculum.com

Re: curriculum help?

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:35 am
by elliemaejune
jolenegreen wrote:DO I need to go with a specific curriculum or could I just make one up as I go?


Just for fun, let's discuss the meaning of "curriculum."

Most hsers misuse it. "Curriculum" does not mean "that textbook over there," or "that $300 program I bought from [insert name of publisher here]."

It actually means, "The course of study offered by an institution of education." So, your *curriculum* is what you plan to study, and what you want to accomplish. Can you make one up as you go? Of course.

Your real question is "Do I need a published textbook or other materials that look like school?" The answer is "No." If you want to do, say, American history--early American/Colonial history--you can go to the library and look for good books, or watch movies, or go to Williamsburg or Old Sturbridge Village. You do NOT need a textbook or anything written by someone specifically for hsers.