Home School Years

Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Curriculum

TeacherI’m an independent home schooling parent. I do not follow a specific or pre-designed curriculum program. I build my own instead utilizing a thematic/unit studies based approach. Below is a brief summary of general categories included in our curriculum.

Stories:

  • biblical scriptures, parables, fables, fairy tales, literary classics, folklore, tall tales, myths, legends, oral traditions, lullabies, cultural and ancestral stories, fantasy, imagination, inspiration, genres, books, series, authors, illustrators, characters, setting, story, allegory, symbolism and meaning, writing stories

Music & Dance:

  • nursery rhymes, action songs, children’s classic songs, holiday songs, music elements, instrument families, music theory, composers, types of music, orchestra, music history, lyrics and meaning, dance elements, types of dance, cultural music and dance, creating music and dance, emotions and inspiration, forms of expression, music and dance appreciation, nature based music

Art & Crafts:

  • colors, color wheel, shapes. cutting and pasting, folding, applying, tracing, drawing, painting, playdoh, molding and shaping, different mediums, mosaics, collages, holiday or themed art crafts, mixed media, artists and their work, creative expression, abstract, light and shadow, land and sea scapes, working with different lines, proportion, textures, motion, blending, portraits, sculptures, artists tools, illustrations, black and white, neutrals, advertisement, symbolism and meaning, art history, museums and art gallery, nature based art and crafts, art appreciation

Health & Life:

  • personal identity, personality traits, autism related skills, character development, critical thinking, discernment, values and virtues, feelings and emotions, hygiene, weather appropriate dress, motor skills and visual perception development, listening skills, basic food groups, nutrition, exercise, group sports, proper sleep and rest, health and disease prevention, safety at home and in the community, being part of a family, family events, basic cooking and baking skills, computer skills, testing tools

Language Arts:

  • alphabet, phonics, sight words, reading & comprehension, vocabulary and spelling, punctuation and sentence structure, grammar: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc., rhyming and homophones, synonyms and antonyms, listening skills, ability to follow instructions, oral reading, poetry, organizing thoughts, expressing and debating opinions or views, understanding sequence, manuscript and cursive writing, forms of writing, dictionary & thesaurus skills, etymology, parts of a book, plays and drama, word ladders, word search, language based games and activities, Spanish, journal entries

Math:

  • cardinal numbers and number words, count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s, 100’s, geometry, patterns, ordinal numbers, number line, addition and subtraction, time, money, measurement, calendar, days of the week, months of the year, basic charts and graphs, problem solving, estimation, place value, doubling/beginning multiplication, beginning division, Roman numerals, basic fractions, word problems, greater/less than/equal to, statistics, probability, geometry, word problems, dice and card games

Social Studies:

  • family and heritage, community, geography, continents and oceans, maps and navigational skills, exploration, world history, alternative theories, world views and theologies, cultures and traditions, holidays and celebrations, transportation, travel, careers, farms, zoos, parks, library, museums, basic needs, food and shelter, city life vs country life, timelines and periods in history, ancient civilizations, human migration theories, indigenous people, understanding how society works, biographies, social responsibility, field trips, American history, the states, government, laws, symbols, colonial life, slavery, westward expansion, war and conflict, immigration, multi-cultural society

Science:

  • the seasons, weather, climate, plant and animal groups/classification (trees, flowers, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, fish and sea life, mammals, endangered wildlife), geology, the Earth, living and nonliving, human biology, habitats and environment, seeds and planting, water cycle, life cycle, food chains, sun/moon, day/night, four elements, solar system, stars and constellations, ancient astronomy, archaeology, prehistoric life and extinct animals, solids and liquids, simple machines, electricity, energy, gravity, matter, magnets, critical thinking, “how does it work” activities and experiments, basic scientific inquiry method, kitchen chemistry, inventors/inventions, nature exploration, field trips and other applied learning activities

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