Sunday, May 23, 2010

Types of Homeschool Curriculum

There are many so many types of homeschooling curriculum.

"Boxed Curriculum"– There are many programs for purchase that provide homeschool families with a comprehensive scope and sequence, textbooks, assessments, projects, and timelines that are grade leveled. These programs provide day-by-day very specific instructions to the parent and student. Examples would be a Beka, Saxon Math, and Bob Jones.


Charlotte Mason Education – Charlotte Mason was a 19th century educator who believed that education should be based on great literature and the arts. She believed in a leisurely, self-directed style of education based on observation and reflection, often through discussion and journaling. Charlotte Mason education is based on a lifelong quest for knowledge and skills. 


Textbooks – Textbooks are just one part of a package of resource materials that includes: a
scope and sequence, an educators’ manual with teaching strategies, a student book with content
explanations and examples, and a practice workbook. These packages usually offer a re-teach
(remediation) workbook or an enrichment workbook that focuses on higher level critical thinking
skills.



Online Interactive Curriculum such as Time4Learning.com, Alex.com, SmartieTutor, TeachingTextbooks, Time4Writing.com (writing skills only), 


Unit Study – A cross-curricular educational approach in which learning is focused around a
central, common theme. For instance, a unit study on trains would teach the development and
use of early trains (history), train routes (geography), different engine types (science), train-based
literature (language arts), and so on. Unit studies allow children of differen ages to study the same unit together but in different levels of detail.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

History of Homeschooling

I just read a great article on the History of Homeschooling.  It identifies two people as the real fathers of modern homeschooling: John Holt and Ivan Illich. I'll quote a little ....

Ivan Illich was one of homeschooling legend John Holt's main inspirations.... Illich repeatedly argued that true education is impossible in an institutionalized environment of conformity and regimentation. ...He declared, "The first article of a bill of rights for a modern, humanist society would correspond to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. "'The State shall make no law with respect to the establishment of education.' There shall be no ritual obligatory for all." (Deschooling Society, pg 16)