How to figure out what you need to teach in a year... | Making Her Mama
How to figure out what you need to teach in a year…

Hey!  Welcome back to the Getting Started With Homeschooling series!  If you are just joining us for the first time, you might want to check out How to homeschool and where to start.  Last time we talked about What You Need to Know About Creating Your Homeschooling Schedule.  Today we’re going to continue on with that topic by looking at how to figure out exactly what you need to teach in a year.

 

How do you know what you need to teach in a year?

 

 

This can be a pretty complex question to answer as a broad and general question.  However, for your individual needs, you can have a pretty simple answer.  You need to find out what the legal requirements are for the area that you live in.

Depending on your country, there can be several ways to go about doing this.  You can contact your local school board and ask them about the requirements for your area.  However, if they aren’t very informed (or very supportive) the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has a fantastic website where you can find online resources to find out what the requirements are in your particular area.  

Some places have very strict regulations about what subjects (and what topics within those subjects) need to be taught in a particular year.  And other areas, have few to no regulations at all.  The most important thing in determining what to teach it to know what your legal requirements are.

Do you know what your homeschooler is supposed to be learning? Click To Tweet

 

Once you’ve determined what you need to teach legally, you can start narrowing in on your focus.

 

Again, what you need to teach will guide your planning.   Your choices can be pretty easy if you live in a highly controlled area where every topic and subtopic are predetermined for you.  You just need to pick how you are going to cover those areas.

If your district is less restrictive, trying to figure out what you are supposed to be teaching can be a bit more confusing.  Something that I have found very helpful over the years is to look at the table of contents for curriculum that are at the right age or grade level for my child.

You can also refer to the requirement of more controlled districts.  This will help you get an overall view of the learning as laid out by grade and age.  It is important to connect with other homeschoolers in your area.  This is a great way to learn what others have been doing and what the ins and outs are for where you live.

Furthermore, if you’re an American, Heather, from Special Needs Homeschooling has a great post covering all the State Law Requirements for Special Needs Homeschoolers.

 

Now comes the fun part!  The HOW in teaching…

 

 

Choosing how you are going to cover your mandated or chosen subjects and sub topics for the year is fun.  It may be something that seems overwhelming when you first start homeschooling (or even later into your journey if you just don’t enjoy this kind of thing) but I personally LOVE this part.  

Usually around April I start to begin dreaming about the next school year.  It’s fun to dig through curriculum and see what is new, or what is popular.  Usually by this time of year I have a good sense for what really worked well for the year, and what didn’t.  Furthermore, I have ideas circling about what the next year could look like to make the days run more smoothly.

So, the next big decision is to choose what you are going to use for teaching (or not use depending on how you want to school).  

There is SO much out there.  How do you decide what is going to be right for you?

Do you know what style homeschooling speaks to you or seems like a good fit for your child? Click To Tweet

If you haven’t done so already, check out the post about the importance of knowing about homeschooling styles. (You can read it here, Do you know what the best homeschooling style is?)

So, now it’s time to start dreaming!  The sky is the limit.  Think big and then we’ll narrow in from there.  Take your major subjects and look at what is out there.  Find resources or curriculum that speaks to you and excites you.  Finding something that feels like the right fit for your child is also important.

If you need some ideas of inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards. I even have boards for each of the major school areas for elementary education.  Don’t forget to follow me to stay up to date with all the new finds I come across!

 

Want to save this post for later?  You can use this pin to keep track of this post, or share it with friends!

 

 

A free printable to help you plan out what you need to teach for the year!

I also have some sheets to help you organize your thoughts and research!  Just enter your email address in the box below.  Shortly after, you will the receive your password to access my free resource library. 

 

How to figure out what you need to teach your homeschooler every year - a how to guide covering how you figure out what your legal obligations are for homeschooling and planning your school year accordingly.

 

Happy planning and I hope this helps you to enjoy this part of the journey.  It’s certainly one of my favourite parts of the year.  Stay tuned for our next post where we look at homeschooling books that every homeschooling parent should read!  (Recommended by many of our fabulous followers!!!)

Join Making Her Mama

Making_her_mama_pin_cover

Subscribe now to join our community and receive encouragement, tips & tricks and more to support your homeschooling right in your inbox!

We won't send you spam and you can unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

Written by

2 Comments
  • lakesidemom says:

    Great idea to include the HSLDA link. That’s so good for new homeschoolers to know! Lots of inspiration here. Thanks, as always, Nadine! 🙂

    • Nadine says:

      Thanks Michelle! I didn’t recognize your nickname at first! I hadn’t actually spent a lot of time going over the HSLDA website before this month but what an amazing resource!!! And it’s nice to see info for so many countries on there! Truly a priceless resource.

Leave a Reply

Hey, I'm Nadine!

I'm the creator of Making Her Mama & a busy homeschooling mama to 4 boys. I love sharing my experiences to encourage other moms. My family lives on Vancouver Island in Canada where we try to live naturally while raising our kids by faith.
We, at makinghermama.com are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

JOIN MY COMMUNITY

Sign up now to receive all our newest posts straight to your inbox!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit
  • We got a new friend! This is our #kitten Mr. Mittens. He's an SPCA rescue and the sweetest cat. He's been a good fit even in our crazy, busy, loud household!He's not intimidated in the least by the crazy antics of my toddler and preschooler. It's so nice to have a pet in the house again!!!
Follow @Instagram
  • We got a new friend! This is our #kitten Mr. Mittens. He's an SPCA rescue and the sweetest cat. He's been a good fit even in our crazy, busy, loud household!He's not intimidated in the least by the crazy antics of my toddler and preschooler. It's so nice to have a pet in the house again!!!
  • Found this AMAZING new series of adventure Christian books for kids. They are similar to the Canadian Flyer books but rather than teaching Canadian History, they teach bible events in a fun and exciting way!!! -----\------\-----\-----\-----\----
Come enter the giveaway on my blog to win signed copies of the first and second book in this great new series!!
*****
Link in bio
  • #agospelchristmas is a great new resource coming out for Christmas this year to help teach our kids about Christ in Christmas! I was lucky enough to get to preview this book and you are not going to want miss this book!!!
  • Sea life at #legoland was AMAZING!!! The tanks are large and gorgeous with multiple viewing areas and angles as the building wraps around the feature tank. We really enjoyed it here! The kids learned a ton about sea life and rescue efforts and how they can protect wild sea creatures. They had fun looking for each of the stamp stations and exploring all the nooks and crannies added just for kids! Anyone else been? Did you love it as much as we did?? #sealifeaquarium #legolandsealife #legolandca #legolandcalifornia #legolandcalifornia2017
  • We arrived in beautiful warm and sunny #sandiego for our vacation at #legolandcalifornia! It's seriously amazing here!!! At this point we'd only checked out the #legolandhotel but it's fun, clean and the staff is amazing!!!! We are set for a great week!
  • Anyone else a #littlehouseontheprairie fan? We're currently reading #littlehouseinthebigwoods and watching the television series in the evening!! My 9 year old just loves it! And so do I!! IHomschoolNetwork (#ihsnet) has an event once a month celebrating famous people's birthdays! For October, I chose Michael Landon. You can learn all about him and ideas for doing a unit study on him and his role on LHOTP as #charlesingalls. Come find out more about #michaellandon on the blog! Link in my bio.
%d bloggers like this: