Planning Homeschool Lessons using School Subjects as a Framework
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an extract from Part 6, Planning Methods, Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations
Using traditional school subjects as a guide is often the easiest place for new home schooling parents to start when planning a learning program. Most adults are used to thinking of education in these terms.
Choose a topic or theme, and underneath traditional school subject headings, list all the possible activities still related to the theme or topic you can think of. This is the same process as brainstorming, only you have already chosen the categories as a guide. In addition to thinking of the obvious headings such as Mathematics, Science and English, remember health, personal development, physical education, music, visual arts, performance arts, other languages, technology studies, media studies, geography, history, study of other cultures, etc.
You can also list your objectives, resources and evaluation indicators on your plan if you want to. See the additional examples on pages 69 and 70. One of these plans highlights the learning in skills and understandings for each curriculum area, rather than just a list of activities or content related objectives. This plan still focuses on a particular theme or topic, but picks out the key learnings, not in terms of knowledge gained, but overall growth. The outline can be developed for any topic.
There are more examples of learning programs in Getting Started with Homeschooling Practical Considerations, Part 7.7, Types of Recording.
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