Now that you know where you want to head to (vision) and you have an understanding of different approaches, the next step is to develop a framework for a curriculum to either buy, get or compile.
The questions for this step include:
As homeschoolers we can choose so much more than the typical subjects represented at school. So this step is really about thinking bigger!
Designing a Course of Study (COS) is about putting together some courses (aka learning areas, knowledge areas, or the most common word to use, subjects) you want your child to study in order to achieve the vision.
A COS is most useful in that it provides the Overview or Framework to guide you to the next step of actually knowing what curriculum to choose.
Other terminology used when talking about this concept include Learning areas, Knowledge areas, Subjects, Curriculum, Standards or Scope and sequence.
An Overview of Most Learning Areas Presented at School Level
When you do some research on Course of Study you will most likely find a variety but also the ‘typical’ course of study.
Typical courses of study are just an arbitrary putting together of lots of information somebody thought a child should learn, which may or may not make sense to you.
Often one will also find that the typical course of study’s content actually reappear every year with very little variety in the content.
So for the concerned mother who think that her child might miss something – s/he will probably not miss anything more than a typical school child will in any case.
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For an example of what we have done Go to Step 3 Course of study personal
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