Although there is often opportunity to swap curriculums or purchase them cheaply, sometimes writing your own is both economical and more efficient. Sometimes pre made standard curriculums are too broad and do not play up your child’s strengths or help them where they are weak.
Following is a simple step-by-step guide to planning, writing, and implementing your own homeschool curriculum. This outline can be customized to suit individual needs and preferences.
First, set the educational objectives. Determine the objectives or goals for your child to make it a good foundation and guide to develop the modules.
Ensure that the curriculum will help you guide to your child’s interests and strengthens by including him or her in the planning process. A curriculum designed to their unique skills and needs will be most successful. In order to accomplish this, answer these questions:
– What topics do you want to teach?
-Will the focus be on core subjects or be broader in scope?
-Why is teaching this subject important?
-What specific subjects do you want your child to learn?
-What subjects are the most appealing to your child?
-How will you measure results to keep the curriculum on track?
-What pre made materials (such as textbooks, workbooks, etc) will be used or will they be created ad hoc?
Finally, develop the final framework of the curriculum by adding the specific pieces, such as learning activities and lesson plans. A good rule of thumb is 180 lessons per school year. Divide these into each section of your curriculum.
It can be a ‘live’ document; something that changes as your child grows or requirements change. That’s the beauty of creating your own curriculum. It’s flexible.
For more ideas on creating your own curriculum, click here (http://www.design-your-homeschool.com/).
Article By Nuria Almeida
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