On this page you will read about Homeschool Planning :
How to write big picture goals - your big vision, foundation statement; create a skills list and write the methods and learning activities you will use to meet your goals;
An example of a Goal, Skills, Method Chart; and a list showing an example of materials used to develop a study on the Ancient time period.
Firstly, make a list of the Relational, Practical and Academic goals you have for your family as discussed on the page about Setting Educational Goals.
You may use this page for your homeschool planning - Our Homeschooling Goals to write your big picture goals.
The next step when doing homeschool planning is to outline the details of a homeschool curriculum which you decide for your family. As I have mentioned on the Homeschool Curriculum page, (Step Two) I am not referring specifically as to "what" to use, but rather the variety of subject areas which you determine to be important to achieve the big picture goals. You will now need to write goals for each specific subject.
These can be written in a number of ways. Basically, you need to answer - Why are we teaching this subject? What do we really want to achieve?
As I go about my homeschool planning and write specific goals for each subject area, I have found it useful to write:
In the examples below of my own homeschool planning, I have used History as the subject.
As a family, we see the need to understand the place of man in the world and his relation to God and his neighbour. We need to study decisions that man has made in history in the light of the environment and the beliefs he holds, and to judge those actions by Biblical standards and consequences, in order to see the way in which God has worked in His World.
We intend to look at time periods chronologically, and explore the events and the characters therein.
Using this framework, we will read, memorize some important facts and dates, and discover God’s good plans, his mercy and love as a Creator, Provider and Sustainer.
We will see changes that have occurred since the fall of man and consequences thereof, and how all creation can and is called to praise and bring glory to their Creator.
Listening- being read to and being able to comprehend and re-tell (narrate) what was being said.
-Each child will narrate after the history reading.
-Children will listen to read alouds.
-Children will read independent books appropriate to their age and level.
The narration will be written in their history book.
A time-line will be viewed and characters and events will be added as they are learned.
The children will place the events in order.
Copying work from Artists of the Time period
Each week an age-appropriate craft will be incorporated into the history lesson.
For Ages 10-12: Add:
Designing simple costumes- handcrafts.
Ages 13-15; All of the above, plus:
In depth reading.
Essay Writing- variety of styles
Working with computer technology.
Reading: Philosophical/ Worldview readings
From these specific goals in History, I write a very similar outline (in fact, I copy and paste) of how we will develop the same set of skills in that year for the different ages of the children I am teaching. It doesn't matter what content you are studying (as far as historical time period) because the set of skills remain the same - we're just developing and fine tuning them year by year.
I include another column where I add the specific details -I add in the materials I will use; It could be a curriculum, a world history book we use as a spinebook, a textbook, a hands on project idea. This is the column or list that would change from year to year as we find resources to teach the specific content.
-Read aloud books
Read Aloud books from a variety of sources
History Notebooks - we collate our project into a history notebook;
Websites - add information, special days, activities into our website or mini website;
Classical Kids Activity Book
This is just an example from the subject of History. You would follow the same format if you were outlining Science or Math. Use the skill charts which I have completed so far: (General Math Skills, Language Arts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking ) as a base from the different subject areas and make it suit your situation.
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