Trying to find a starting point when choosing curriculum can seem like a huge task so we’ve put together this page as a starting point. But you’ll receive a lot more information as you surf through the article and link section and forum at this site. First thing is to consider if you want to use a pre packaged curriculum or a unit study approach, a workbook approach or a rigorous classical approach. The great thing is that you aren’t limited to choosing one approach and you are always free to adapt your approach or change it if it isn’t working for your family. However, these experiments can be expensive so it’s wise to consider as carefully as possible when starting out.
While a list can be of assistance in helping you to see how real life is learning, it’s important to remember that life is a learning experience! Domestic duties, shopping, hospitality,etc are all part of a valuable and rich education so don’t push these things aside to spend hours in ‘formal learning’. Life is an education!
- Math – (recognising created order within the universe, adding in the grocery store, dividing equal portions of pizza! etc.)
- Science – (learning about God’s creation, plants, animals, how things work and why)
- History – (is His Story, countries, cities, events and people)
- English – (communicating via various means, writing, grammar, spelling, speaking, handwriting, reading)
- Physical Education – (play, sports, games)
- Social Studies – (our government, map skills, geography [vacations], where do I live, other cultures)
- Bible – (character studies, bible reading, devotions)
- Arts – (drawing, painting, music, dance, drama)
- Social Skills – (interacting with adults, manners, character training)
Find And Use Resources
While most homeschoolers love books and resources, we need to look to our natural lifestyle to provide many learning opportunities.
- Your local library will be an invaluable asset!
- Online resources are generally free especially information.
- Involve your spouse! It doesn’t have to be in a formal teaching setting. Asking the children what they read or watched or did that day is an excellent reinforcement technique.
- Look to your local community for classes or volunteer opportunities.
- Garage sales, Lifeline book fairs, library sales and of course, Aussie Homeschool Classifieds are great sources of materials.
- How to Homeschool 101 Ebook is an affordable, beneficial resource for Australian home educators.
- Australian Homeschooling 101 – Answers some questions to frequently asked questions about home education.
- Donna Young also has some planning pages which you might find helpful.
- The World Book Encyclopedia has a great list of what you can teach at particular year levels.