Ask any veteran home school parent about curriculum, and you are likely to get a variety of responses. Each of us has our favorites, and our not-so-favorites, and our opinions about what has worked in the past and what we have learned from our mistakes. Some of us will tell you of radical shifts in style or publisher or both; how we started our home education endeavors with one curriculum and dropped it for another. Some of us base our preferences on what is easiest to work with; some of us on what is “best” academically; some of us on what fits with our world view or interpretation of scripture. If you are a brand-new home school parent, you need a curriculum-in-a-nutshell overview of what is available to you, and an evaluation of it.[more...]
Our home school recently entered a whole new phase: high school at home. Long before our older sons became ready to begin high school courses, I researched my responsibilities: courses, credits, transcripts, and college-entrance requirements.
I looked through supplier catalogs for courses that would best meet our sons' needs and added other courses, taking into consideration what we want our sons to know before high school graduation as well as their own interests. Following are examples of the high school courses I designed and my system of record keeping. [more...]