The development of my own Course of Study took months. It is something that (as with a vision) has grown as new insights are gained from reading, experience or observation. I am also convinced that it might still change, but the framework it has provided for me to ‘see the bigger picture’ better has helped tremendously ! I hope it does this for you as well.
The South African National Curriculum Statement helped me to design my own course of study since I liked the wide scope of bodies of knowledge. I wanted to expose my children to a wide knowledge foundation as I do believe that exposure to variety may help them find their interest area. The RNCS suggests 9 learning areas, and that is what I agreed on. I did however not agree on their scope and sequence (or outcomes) for these learning areas, but the basic framework suited us.
As husband and wife, we have also decided to lay the necessary academic foundation for our children to allow them entrance to tertiary institutions later on if they wish to do so. That means that we had to distinguish between a Junior High and Senior High school phase, so that with the Senior high phase the focus will be on preparation for tertiary education institutions. This might also imply that the child will have to do a prescribed formal textbook approach to get a certificate for university entrance.
The biggest missing element for our family was something I decided to call Discipleship where the purpose is to equip our children with the necessary knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to be able to build a personal relationship with the Creator God and Jesus Christ His Son. Some curriculums call this Bible studies, but we believe that it should be more than just bible reading. Therefore we added that as a subject ourselves.
After deciding on the subjects, I then spent a whole lot of time thinking through what will be the main focus per subject per child development phase. This was done with taking our vision into account and just really thinking a lot. (I hope this helps your own thinking process). And as you can see the result is not too much info to cover but a broader perspective, and again something that can be used to measure against.
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