Curricula

As there are many different reasons and purposes for homeschooling, there are as many ideas about curricula. Nowadays, many students want to be homeschooled simply because they do not like school, and possibly are getting into trouble. In most cases, if children are not involved in extra curricular activities, school is an uninviting, alien place. This is what people who enjoy traditional school's version of "socialization" do not seem to get - not all students enjoy school equally. This should not be such a big surprise.

The people who love school do not seem to get how tedius and arduous - and even dangerous for some children - school can be; it's indefensible (imho) to expect that all children should go to school and like it. For those who do not enjoy school, for reasons such as having different values or different interests, it's a burn to have to spend so much time at school and then have to go home and do more schoolwork - and they have to stay after if they didn't understand something.

To homeschoolers, the idea that the public school model is "the real world," is beyond ludicrous. Homeschoolers educate their children in the real world, they do not require them to sit in a room for 6+ hours a day, in a possibly oppressive environment, being instructed in a group with little individualized attention. Some people don't agree that if a student didn't understand the work taught in the class, they must stay after school for smaller group instruction. More instruction when they are already burnt out and have more homework and possibly chores waiting for them at home does not leave most children's minds' free for more learning. There are students who love learning, enjoy school and the company of their teachers, and this works for them. But it is not for everybody. Homeschooling is a good option for students who are not thriving at school - in other words, your child can be homeschooled even if you work and are not available to be the teacher.

Students who just want out of traditional school but do not have parents who are available to teach them have many options through public school systems, for example The Charter School of San Diego. This is a public school that uses The SD Unified curriculum, a well-rounded core curriculum with a number of interesting electives, including music appreciation, photography, art. I thought the text books provided by The Charter School were great.

Homeschooling parents who want to follow the public school curriculum can enroll their children in any one of a number public charter schools that support homeschooling and teach the traditional curriculum at home. The schools welcome parent participation. Parents could definitely utilize the public school curriculum and teach it at home, if this sounds appealing. This options comes with certain requirements but they are not oppressive. Charters offer tremendous flexibility in the day-to-day education.

There are many options for those who do not want the free public school curriculum. This section is under construction, and will always be a work in progress...I will post valuable curricula resources as I discover them - for example, click here to see math information I am in the process of disseminating.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a Christian-based curriculum, check out Sonlight, the leading literature-based homeschool curriculum provider. Families in the U.S. and around the world enjoy this literature-rich, internationally-focused curriculum, which is presented from an Evangelical Christian perspective.

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