Step One: Scope and Sequence
Step Two: Yearly Course of Study
Step Three: Make a Homeschool 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.
We already covered the working plan book with attendance, lesson plans, and grades, the master plan book, and the portfolio. Now we need to make the lesson plans.
Back in Step One, we figured out what credits our child needs to have. Then in Step Two, we figured out which courses they will take. Now you need to figure out your curriculum.
The necessary subjects are Math, Science, Social Studies, Composition and Literature.
Last year was my first year homeschooling. I have learned a lot from trial and error, and have done a lot of research. A friend of mine at church told me about a website called Timberdoodle. I really like their curriculum, and I followed a lot of their suggestions for 7th grade.
For math, Cooper will be taking Algebra I. Last year we used Saxon curriculum, but I decided to try Teaching Textbooks this year.
For science, we are doing chemistry. I chose Christian Kids Explore Chemistry.
We are also doing Sequential Spelling…
For literature, we are doing a few different things. Cooper is a reluctant reader, and I am trying to use books that he will enjoy. I found a book that deals entirely with Gary Paulsen books, which Cooper actually loves, and another one about various Newberry Award winners. we are starting with The Westing Game, one of my all time favorites!
Those are the absolute must have subjects. We are also adding the following:
RELIGION: Family Bible Reading Plan
FOREIGN LANGUAGE : Rosetta Stone Homeschool Spanish I
FINE ARTS : Harmony Fine Arts 7th grade, Late Renaissance to Early Modern Art and Music
COMPUTER SCIENCE : Typing Instructor Platinum software
TEST PREP : Spectrum Test Prep 7
Now you need to get your planning done for each course. You need to remember that you have to plan for 180 days of school, or 36 weeks. Some homeschool courses actually come with plans for you to copy. I don’t teach everything every day. We do Bible, spelling, grammar, reading, and Spanish every day. We do math 4 days. We do science on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and history on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fridays are for logic, keyboarding and fine arts. You can split yours up any way you want.
I plan out each class on the pages I talk about here. Then at the end of each week I go through and plan the next week based on my course plans.
Teaching Textbooks Algebra I has 129 lessons, and 17 tests. That makes only 146 days. At 5 days a week, you would be done in 29 weeks. But at 4 days a week, that makes 36 weeks. So we do math Monday-Thursday, and do logic on Friday.
There are 30 lessons in our chemistry book, so we do a lesson on Tuesday, and lab on Thursday. With 5 tests thrown in, we will end up 3 weeks early, so we will just add a big project at the end.
I have decided to give ourselves 6 weeks per book, so we will go through six books in literature.
Clear as mud, right?
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