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August 21st, 2007, 06:46 AM
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After some research, I decided to build my own curriculum for basically everything but math and spelling. Now, I think I'm regretting that decision. I figured that there is so much information available online, it just seems silly to spend tons of money to buy a curriculum (no offense to those who do, personal choice!!). Anyway, now that I have sat down to try and plan it out...I feel like I have gotten in over my head. I have found some websites with a typical course of study by grade, but how do I make sure that I keep things in line with my state standards? I have looked over Ohio's content standards, and they just seem so vague. Maybe I'm looking at the wrong publication? Maybe I'm just making it harder than it has to be? I don't know.

Does anybody build their own curriculum? How do you decide what to teach and when?
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August 21st, 2007, 06:54 AM
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I did my own curriculum for a year (and it ended up she plowed through what I thought would last a full year in 3 months!) and vowed to never do it again. It's possible, but, like you, I found it to be overwhelming and a lot harder than it sounds. I'm much more comfortable having what needs to be done laid out for me at least basically so I'm not wondering if I'm covering everything I need to all the time. Most state's standards are very vague. You kind of have to decipher the education-ese to figure out what they are really saying.

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August 21st, 2007, 06:56 AM
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Well I do quite a bit of that but then I am teaching K, big difference to grade 6. I think by then I would be buying each subject from different publishers unless I was really tight for money.
There is a free Charlotte mason curriculum available online called 'Ambleside Online', maybe you might like that. http://amblesideonline.org/ They have from year 0 up to year 11 on there. You either need to buy the books or order them from a good library.

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August 21st, 2007, 10:38 AM
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Well I do quite a bit of that but then I am teaching K, big difference to grade 6. I think by then I would be buying each subject from different publishers unless I was really tight for money.[/b]

I think it would be overwhelming to me as well. Although here in FL we have to be tested once a year, so I definitely want to make sure I'm covering what he will be tested on, kwim? Other than that, I like him learning out of the box.

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August 21st, 2007, 11:48 AM
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I think it'd be very difficult to do a full year's curriculum from scratch for free, especially in the upper grades. That would be too much stress for me. I remember a book at our library called homeschooling for free or something like that. Maybe you could find a book like that to help you along. There are also the books called "What your ?th grader needs to know." That might give you some insight as well.

We are sort of building our own curriculum but it hasn't been free. For history, we are pretty much using what's in the Sonlight catalog, but getting everything from the library instead of buying them. (I did buy a history spine at a cheap price since we will use that all year along side our library check-outs.) That might be a possibility for you too. Check out thier catalog for some great reading lists.

You could probably do something similar for Science as well. Make a list of the topics you want to cover then hit the library each week or so for reading materials and project ideas.
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August 21st, 2007, 06:53 PM
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Hey, it's overwhelming to write lesson plans with curriculum guides so I'll bet it is even harder to do it with only state standards. I personally would choose a good curriculum (or several based on subjects). State standards can be vague- even as a professional teacher I think they are. Right now, my daughter is doing an online program and has found it to be great. Then I fill in what I think are the gaps. I think that is better than building your own curriculum.
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