Wondering how to homeschool? Just starting out and not sure where to begin? You’re not alone! For me, the hardest part was figuring out exactly what I needed to teach my child. What subjects were required for a homeschool education? What year should I teach each subject?
Well, I found out it’s a lot simpler than I thought. Just focus on the basics until you get your feet wet. After you get a handle on the three R’s—Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic —launch into other fun activities and extra curricular classes/courses. Essentially, begin with the basics then add on electives from there. Electives are courses that come after the basics. They are courses that you would love to teach and would love for your child to take, but they contain information that is not really needed at this point in his education.
For every year of a child’s education, there will be different basics. The basics for a high school student are different than the basics for an elementary student. In fact, the basics for a first grader and a fifth grader are different as well.
Below are the basics for each grade level and suggested electives. Please be aware that your state may have additional requirements.
Your measure of success as a homeschool mom is not based on how many presidents your child knows or how much Latin he can recite, or if he’s reading high school level texts at seven years old.
Your measure of success is your child’s heart for God, the confidence he has as a child of God, and his attitude. This should be the focus of the early years in your homeschool. When your child’s obedience and love for God are strong and secure, he will have the maturity required in middle and high school to take responsibility for his academics and pursue his passions with purpose.
Read on for more homeschool encouragement.
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