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Selecting a Curriculum That Works

Fit the curriculum to your children and not your children to the curriculum. This advice comes from a long career in homeschooling education. At Home School Wisdom, I can help you decide on the courses that work best for your child.

Each year, a wider variety of books and supplemental materials are made available as classic textbooks are reprinted, and new educational programs are published. And while it is useful to have such a selection to choose from, it can be confusing and overwhelming to you, your child, and your pocketbook. Above all, the goal of searching for a program is to find a curriculum to fit your child's needs. It is vital to foster the love of learning in the student. Here is what I recommend:

Content — Educational curriculum materials must be truthful, clear, and in keeping with Catholic teachings. They should also be age-appropriate and should nurture the student's spirit, body, and mind as well.
 
Method — When making your selection, it is crucial to consider which style of presentation is more comfortable for you and which meets your child's learning styles and needs. Some programs are workbooks for the independent learner, other programs require more involvement by the parent in discussions and/or activities, and still, others require a computer.
 
Time — No matter which curriculum you choose, the most challenging and essential aspect of education is the discipline to provide consistent time, effort, and feedback for your child. With the proper content, method, and consistent presentation, your students' endeavors surely will bear much fruit.
 

Classical Education Defined

  • Classic Goals — Emphasizing the Formation of Logic and Reasoning, Rather Than Training for a Particular Job or Skill
  • Classic Content — Outlining What Is to Be Taught, such as Latin, Greek, Math, Grammar, and Science
  • Classic Method — Dialectic/Socratic Styles, Outlining a Classical Approach to Education

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Overview of Learning Styles

By understanding your and your children's learning styles, you can use teaching methods better suited for you. This improves the speed and quality of learning.

A Concise Elementary Curriculum Overview

See, at a glance, the progression of content within elementary school subjects. Elementary Language Arts subjects in grammar school are broken down by their skills:

  • Reading
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Penmanship
  • Vocabulary


Other elementary subjects include:

  • History
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Geography
  • Foreign Language
  • Electives
  • Math
  • Art
  • Music

High School Four-Year Course Guide

Catholic High School 4-Year Plan Includes:

  • Religion - 4 years; Social Science - 3 years; English - 4 years
  • Math - 3 years; Science - 3 years; Foreign Language - 2 years
  • Fine Arts - 1 year
  • Physical Education - 2 years
  • Electives - 1 year
     

Planning for Four-Year College/University Admission

The following considerations must be taken into account when planning for teenagers' high school courses:

  • Future Vocational Plans
  • Future Educational Plans
  • Personal Interest and Aptitudes
  • Achievement and Ability in Scholastic Areas
     

Email me to talk about the curriculum specifics for your child's education.