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

Online Interactive Curriculum such as,, SmartieTutor, TeachingTextbooks, (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.

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