Blueprint Homeschooling -- Part Four: Curriculum
AKA Confessions of a Prior Non-Planner

Pic includes a rough draft schedule we've come up with. And, guess what? Like +Amy Knepper said could happen, it's been influenced largely by our thoughts about curriculum, at which Part Four of Blueprint Homeschooling takes a look in greater detail.

Actually completing step is going to take me a few days more, I'm sure, but I just finished reading, and I wanted to write about it while it's still fresh in my mind. 

You know what I love most? That Amy is super honest from the beginning: it's not one size fits all. The thing that works for your HSBFF (that's homeschooling best friend forever, duh) may or may not work for you. What Amy does do is discuss different kinds of curricula and how best to go about searching for what's going to work for you.

Oh, but the way science and history are split? Yeah. Totally nipped that from the book. The cycles make sense, as does the way each sub-topic is split. The sectioning out of science, Amy created herself. The way history is split follows The Well-Trained Mind.

Now, our schedule in the picture is pretty basic. As I said, it's a rough draft. There's plenty more to fill in, not to mention extracurriculars. But we like the idea of block scheduling, and it's something the kids have naturally gravitated toward while I've been hands-off in the scheduling department.

Why go towards more structure? Towards a more... school-like look? Well, much as I love the idea of unschooling, I also have two driven kids who want to go to a STEM magnet school out here for high school. So. I want to ease them into more structure so when they do go? They're not overwhelmed. I've probably explained it before, but just in case there's new folks reading this, or I haven't... I'm a little sleepy after my weekend. ;)

What conclusions have we come to after this, our first venture into putting time into actual scheduling and thinking about curriculum?

Well. We're still going to be quite the eclectic mix, even if we aren't unschooling.

There's a box curriculum I'm looking at from Timberdoodle, which actually allows you to put together a custom curriculum by picking and choosing from the base of their grade level recommendations.

I'm, of course, picking and choosing, because we've got some resources I'm already planning to use for Math and History, and a bunch of our supplementary materials are coming from Kahn Academy and our local library, as well as a number of college textbooks we've either got on hand from our own college studies, and those that have been given to us by friends.

If you're going the DIY route, you're really, really going to benefit from the examples Amy provides near the end of the section about how she puts together her curricula for history and science. Which is probably why I'm feeling more confident venturing into those territories on the DIY track, though my schedule is a little more compressed, just as an experiment

Now, I've got my work cut out for me over the next few days. What's that look like?
Well, I've got the subjects I'm doing to DIY.
So now? I need to find my "spine" -- the source text I'm going to use.
And then? I get to split everything along the timeline and plan things out in a bit more detail.

And I have to tell ya, as a former "person totally against planning"? I'm still pretty stoked to dig in to it. :D 

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