Help with Homeschooling to Requirements

by Andrea
(Belleville, IL, USA)

Help with Homeschooling

Help with Homeschooling

We are just beginning with the homeschooling journey and need to know how to go about making sure that the kids are learning at the grade level expected. In short, how to I go about getting the state and federal standards per grade?

Also, I am feeling a little lost. We have started our school year, but we are all getting a little frustrated and confused about who learns what and when. I am schooling two children at the moment, ages 7 and 10.

We also have a two year old and expecting another. I would like to start the little one as well so that he can have a head start. I want to make sure that everyone is learning what is expected, but also having fun. I don't want the decision of homeschooling to hold them back in anyway. Can you help point my family and I in the right direction.

Thank you,

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Sep 13, 2010
help w/ requirements
by: beth

You can check with your dept of education for a scope and sequence. I would not rely on their standards- they usually shoot for pretty low standard. You can go online and find this info. If you have a homeschool association in your state/region, they can probably help you too. If not, check the homeschool legal defense fund's website.
I find checklists helpful. For you or for your kids, you can create with assignments for each day or week:
Child #1 Math pages 15-16
Spelling lesson 4 test on Friday
Geography page 4
History with mom
I would think about your goals for the first 6 weeks. Plot them out. (Do one explorer each week, map north america, draw picture of ship, make list of supplies needed on journey) with a goal (we will study the explorers of North America and describe why & how they came, where they landed, what they found, what effect on land & people, etc.) You may not get there, but you will never get there without a goal. If you are using a structured program, they have done this for you.
read to the 2 yr old have special subjects for each day: Mon- duplos, Tues- animals, Wed- shapes and colors, Th- stickers and sorting materials, Fr- music and movement. Developmentally a 2 yr old can be a joy and challenge- and everyone will learn.

Sep 13, 2010
Requirements Vary but This May Help
by: Anonymous

Requirements vary by state, so I can't help you there, but check with your state education website to see what your homeschool requirements are. There are lots of standardized testing services available if you search online, and lots of the curriculum out there is defined by grade level so you can use them as a guide.

Honestly, I found that sticking with something until my kids got it was more beneficial than worrying about grade level. We developed their reading skills and built from there. These things don't have to be arduous and intense. Remember that learning is a joy. Not that it has to be fun all the time. Face it, school is school not matter where you are, but knowledge is a treasure and learning is an adventure. You will have bad days but don't get discouraged. As for your little ones, reading and baking cookies with them is the best way to give them a head start. Show them how much fun learning really is. Be blessed!

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