Homeschool Planning - Write your Homeschooling Goals

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.

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Homeschool Planning - Writing your Homeschool Goals

Big Picture Goals

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.

Homeschool Curriculum or Course of Study

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?

Goal, Skills, Method Example for History:

As I go about my homeschool planning and write specific goals for each subject area, I have found it useful to write:

  1. A summary or foundational statement about the subject area (broad objectives)
  2. A Skills list for each subject - Find Skills lists under each Subject Sitemap. Notice that the skills for History are Reading, Listening, Writing, Communicating and Presenting - the skills deepen as children develop and mature.
  3. Add Methods or Activities that you will do to develop the skills.
  4. Homeschool materials or homeschooling supplies which I may use to fulfil the objectives.

In the examples below of my own homeschool planning, I have used History as the subject.

Subject:  History

Foundation Statement:  (Make it yours)

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.

Skills we want to develop - across the ages:

Skills

Methods

Ages 6-10

Primary School:

Reading

Listening- being read to and being able to comprehend and re-tell (narrate) what was being said.

Reading

  • Non-Fiction-  Living books/ Textbooks/ Encyclopedias / Internet articles and websites Read about: Culture- Way of Life, Society, Family, Government, Toys and Games, Art, Wars, Famous People, Famous Events
  • Fiction- historical fiction
  • Biographies

Writing

  • Writing about people from the past.
  • Re-tell the stories – first orally and then written narrations.
  • Copying passages from biographies or primary source documents.
  • Making a time-line – adding dates
  • Draw maps of the places being studied; 
  • Draw a map of where you live.

 

 

Communicating

  • Re-telling an historical event or life story of an historical character.
  • Giving an oral report of a historical character.
  • Memorize a famous speech.
  • Discuss what it would be like to live in the time-period/ engage in the war/ be in a family at that time.
  • Discuss differences in our lives now and in the past.
  • Discuss the structure of a society – class, roles, occupations ;  Compare this to our own life.

Presentation

  • Copy a portrait of a famous person.
  • Draw a time-line.  Add details.  Add your own details.
  • Draw a map of where you live, and where the people you are reading about live.
  • Draw a picture of the historical event.
  • Make a model of an event or an invention.
  • Make some art from the time period.- copy an artist/ make a mask/wall painting/ mosaic
  • Play some games from the time period.
  • Cook some of the foods from the past.
  • Make a visual display board.
  • Make a History Book.
  • Make a song.

 

 

Reading.

-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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion
Oral Narration
Recitation of a famous speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing

Copying work from Artists of the Time period

Mapping

Each week an age-appropriate craft will be incorporated into the history lesson.

Play-writing


Ages 10-12

Skills

For Ages 10-12:  Add:

  • Biographies
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Reading aloud – speeches, orations
  • For research projects and assignments

Writing:

  • Draw maps of the places being studied; 
  • Compare maps of the historical time period with where we live.
  • Writing a story from the perspective of an historical character.
  • Outlining – articles/ speeches/

 

Communication:

  • Discuss what it would be like to live in the time-period/ engage in the war/ be in a family at that time.
  • Discuss differences in our lives now and in the past.
  • Discuss the structure of a society – class, roles, occupations ;  Compare this to our own life.
  • Discuss government of the time period.  Discuss similarities and differences between then and now.

 

Presentation:

  • Make a time-period costume.
  • Present a play.
  • Play some games from the time period.
  • Cook some of the foods from the past.
  • Make a visual display board.
  • Make a History portfolio.
  • Make a song.

Method

 

Listening

Independent Reading

Recitation

Research

 

 

Map drawings

Story writing

Written Narrations

Outlining articles

 

 

 

 

Discussion:
From readings

Discuss Government

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designing simple costumes- handcrafts.

Play writing
Making Games
Cooking
Display Boards
Song writing



Ages 13-15

Skills

Ages 13-15;  All of the above, plus:
Reading:

  • Primary Source Documents
  • Reading aloud – speeches, orations
  • For research projects and assignments

 

Writing:

  • Comparing different author’s viewpoints on a similar topic.
  • Writing about the significance of a Primary Source Document.
  • Writing about the context of a historical character in time and location.
  • Writing argumentative essays on  historical or present day issues.
  • Writing cause and effect essays.
  • Writing essays of comparison.
  • Writing about the impact of historical events on society.
  • Writing about the influence of the geography on historical events.

 

Communicating:

  • Discuss the structure of a society – class, roles, occupations ;  Compare this to our own life.
  • Discuss government of the time period.  Discuss similarities and differences between then and now.
  • Discuss reasons for events.
  • Discuss spiritual and moral consequences of events.
  • Discuss cause and effect of the historical events  and the famous characters involved.

 

Presentation:

  • Make a powerpoint presentation.
  • Make a History portfolio.
  • Make a video of a play or a working model.
  • Write a web page on a theme/ character/ event.

Method

In depth reading.
Recitation

Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

T- charts
Venn diagrams
Compare/contrast charts- graphic organizers

Essay Writing- variety of styles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing

Working with computer technology.
Using video.
Web page writing.


Ages 15+

Reading:  Philosophical/ Worldview readings
               Primary Source Documents
Writing:  Writing the Research Paper

Homeschool Planning - Yearly Program

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.

Example of Materials used to teach Ancients, Creation to the Fall of Rome

Tapestry of Grace Year One

-Read aloud books

-Individual readings

-Project ideas

 Streams of Civilization Vol 1

Read Aloud books from a variety of sources

Story of the World Vol 1

Story of the World Activity Guide

Kingfisher history Encyclopedia

Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt

 Write Source 2000: A Guide to Writing, Thinking and Learning

History Notebooks - we collate our project into a history notebook;

Websites - add information, special days, activities into our website or mini website;

Library books

Classical Kids Activity Book

Ancient History from Primary Sources by Harvey Bluedorn

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.


More pages on Homeschool Planning :

How to Homeschool - Organization Sitemap

Read the details here:

  1. How to Homeschool: What method suits your family? Your homeschooling approach will affect your physical space.
  2. Where: Organize your homeschooling supplies - materials and physical space
  3. When: Homeschooling Schedules - Organize your homeschooling schedule or routine.
  4. Homeschool Planner Options

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