Here is an article that I found called "Homeschool Courses - Which Ones Should You Offer?" by Jason Rodriguez. He makes some good points for homeschoolers to consider. You can read my comments at the end.
Before you can decide which homeschool courses to provide to your children, you need to answer a few basic questions. Doing so will make the task of deciding which courses to offer much easier.
First, you need to decide on the method of delivery of course content. Will you rely chiefly on textbooks or will you employ an online instructional method? Or, will you opt for a correspondence style of learning or a combination of these?
Secondly, will you want a religion-based curriculum or a secular one? Are you concerned about a particular style of teaching and learning such as Montessori or Waldorf or unit based studies? And thirdly, you will need to know what specific courses your state require to to teach. Once you have answered these questions, you are now ready to decide which specific courses to teach and in what order.
You should bear in mind as you make your plans that many states require the submission of annual progress reports or academic assessments for homeschooled children. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you are teaching courses which your state will consider in its review of your child. Some states require standardized tests for homeschoolers and you need to be familiar with the subjects covered on such tests and include them in your course offerings. There is yet one more critical concern.
Depending on the age of your child, you need to consider whether the colleges in which you and your child are interested have specific requirements for entering students which demand that they have completed so many units of prescribed courses. Those courses should be part of your curriculum.
Homeschooling is an interesting and exciting time for you and your child. This is no easy undertaking. To insure your child's future success, you need to make sure that your homeschool courses are the right ones for your child and your state.
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My Comments: It is true that when you begin homeschooling and start thinking about what homeschool courses you will teach, you need to decide what approach you will use. Here are some examples of homeschooling approaches: textbook, unit studies, unschooling, Montessori, literature based such as Sonlight, Robinson, computer based such as Switched on Schoolhouse or any of the other methods available to you.
There are also many subjects you can teach. I encourage parents starting out with homeschooling to begin with Reading, Writing and Math, and then add on from there once you are settled on those.
You also will need to know your state homeschool laws and get some advice on record keeping and transcripts for high school. Most of this information can be found at this website. I've done my best to answer and address any questions homeschoolers might have. Let me know if you would like to see any other information on this site by asking your question on this page.
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