Step One: Scope and Sequence
Step Two: Yearly Course of Study
Step Three: Make a Working Plan Book
Step Four: Make a Master Plan Book
Step Five: Make a Portfolio
Step Six: Make Lesson Plans
Under South Carolina homeschool law, you must teach for at least one hundred eighty days, the curriculum must include Math, Science, Social Studies, Composition and Literature, and you must keep a plan book, a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work, and a semi-annual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas.
So last week I was talking about the steps involved in homeschool planning. I covered Step One, Scope and Sequence. Step Two is to develop a Yearly Course of Study.
Again, I will mention how much I love Donna Young’s site. When I first started homeschooling, I just downloaded her forms and used them as is. Then, as I got more comfortable with the process, I adapted them for my own use. The link to her Yearly Course of Study Record is here.
All you need to do is to take the information you filled in on the Scope and Sequence for each year, and make one Yearly Course of Study for each year. Here is where you get more specific in your plans…not just science, but chemistry, and using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry. Not just math, but Teaching Textbooks Algebra I. This was the most fun part to me. I loved looking through different homeschool catalogs and picking out curriculum! My favorite resources were Timberdoodle, A Well-Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer, Classical Conversations, Cathy Duffy, and Sonlight.
Next I will talk about making a working plan book.