Finding a Homeschool Curriculum to Suit Your Children

For parents, one of the major benefits of homeschooling is the ability to design and create a curriculum that follows the child’s interests and caters for their learning style. After all, children learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter.

A great learning plan will be easily altered to challenge multiple children as well as catering to different learning styles. However, for many homeschooling parents, time is short – and this is where online homeschool programs and curriculum packages come in handy.

Whether your children are in primary school or high school, a curriculum package must be tailored to suit their needs and interests. Many of these packages follow the Australian homeschool curriculum, and great programs include the basic learning areas of Maths, English and Science, as well as more specialised areas, such as languages, history and geography.

Using great resources, a mixture of online classes and learning plans for home educators. These programs are designed to be easy to follow and keep to with as little or as much input as parents desire. A homeschool style for family learning can be created to best fit your needs.

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Meeting local curriculum requirements

One major benefit of using a curriculum package is the research into local curriculums is done for parents. This means less stress and time consumed by checking a home curriculum against the requirements of the state.

Every homeschooling parent knows that curriculums and lesson plans are likely to be thrown out the window as soon as a child discovers a passion for something new. This child-led direction is one reason many parents go down the homeschool route.

However, following a curriculum plan doesn’t mean lessons are set in stone. It is still possible to follow interests and curiosity by customising lessons as suits – and many programs will encourage it with easily customisable topics and assignments within the curriculum.

No two children are the same. This is true of both homeschooled and state schooled children. Using a curriculum package via an online platform can make it easy to plan and schedule lessons and to swap out those that don’t engage. This ensures home educators can continue the homeschool journey with the same gusto and excitement as the first few weeks.

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A homeschool curriculum that is rich and alive

The work of 19th century homeschool educator Charlotte Mason still influences modern approaches to home curriculum design. She advocated for an education that enriches the whole child, not just their mind. Like many home educators, she disagreed with the ‘dumbing down’ of language and concepts for children and opposed the use of dry textbooks to communicate knowledge. Mason recommended the use of ‘living books’, a term she coined to describe books written by passionate authors that make a subject come alive for learners.

The rich language and literary merit of living books, improved vocabulary acquisition and allowed young learners to grapple with increasingly complex ideas, argued Mason.

Today, living ‘books’ can be found all over the place, including online in video format (Charlotte Mason probably would have an excellent YouTube channel, were she alive today!) They are a great way to teach history or other subjects that can be seen as dull if read in bullet-pointed facts and statistics. Hearing the stories behind the history – or the science, or the philosophy, and so on – will bring the subject to life for the child.

Keeping records

For most locations, homeschool registration applications will require some record keeping, which can be made easier using a pre-designed homeschool curriculum with an online platform. In a homeschool situation involving multiple children, it can be challenging to keep track of where everybody is at. These curriculums have checks and balances that can be done as the child progresses. Often, this is carried out online through easy web-based tools, making it simple to click and carry on in the middle of a homeschool lesson.

The great thing about using an online platform to keep these records is that real time information is available about a child’s progress. Instead of finding out months down the line that your child is not achieving at the expected standard, the platform will flag any issues and support you to rectify them as you go. This means homeschool families can start homeschooling and continue for longer, with more success.

Fostering independence

A great benefit of using an online platform to administer a homeschool curriculum is that older students, such as high school aged children, are able to continue with their work without needing a parent looking over their shoulder. These platforms allow the student to work through the learning tasks set by parents, as well as follow their interests independently. This reduces the need for constant checks.

A homeschool curriculum should be easy to follow, with clear progressions in the learning visible to both parent educators and students. In a digital format, understanding can be monitored using quizzes or for students to check their work as they go. Some learners appreciate knowing they are on the right track before moving on. A good digital platform will allow learning to continue without the student having to wait for a parent to check their work.

This means high schoolers are encouraged to manage their own time. At high school age, time management becomes an essential ‘soft’ skill for successful independent learning. A student who is responsible for their own learning is likely to stay a life long learner.

Varied curriculum is good homeschool curriculum

Variety is the spice of life – and this is definitely true for education. While we have their best interests at heart, parents don’t always have the time to devise a creative curriculum with enough variety to engage their children. Using a digital platform will not only help you and your child to spark their own ideas but will also help to create more variety in the homeschooling day.

Whether you use a curriculum supplied by an online platform all the time or just part of the time, it is bound to help deliver this much needed variety. Along with books, family-driven exercises, passion projects and speciality interests such as language learning or music, your homeschoolers will have the benefit of not only an engaged home educator but also a well-researched curriculum, to bring them the best education possible at home.

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Why Use EP for a Homeschool Curriculum?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!

Why Use EP to Homeschool?

EP is adjustable for every style of homeschooling. It’s built to enhance your ability as a home educator and offer your child both structured and flexible methods of learning. The platform allows you to adapt for individual strengths and weaknesses so every learner feels supported.

You can:
Create your own courses
Follow our pre built outlines
Unschool your learner with our interest led functionality
Join over 1500 other homeschoolers!