Disclosure: Some of the links on our website are affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, we may receive an affiliate commission. Thank you in advance for supporting this free homeschool resource! Learn more.

Homeschooling Information

images/stories/newsbee.png

Iamhomeschooling.com offers an abundance of resources for homeschoolers. Whether you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling, or a seasoned homeschooler, you will find inspiration, great tips, and helpful advice. You'll find information about homeschooling in Florida here.

What to Teach and When

Many parents want to know what their homeschooled children should be studying, at what age they should be introduced to specific concepts and content, and how much time they should be spending each day learning it.  Whether you want to keep up with public schools, want to make sure your high schooler is prepared for college, or just want peace of mind that your child is getting a well-rounded home education, knowing what to teach and when can help you plan your homeschool curriculum.  Take a look at these books (click to learn more on Amazon) and resources designed help you in your curriculum planning:

Home Learning Year by YearHome Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School (by Rebecca Rupp) presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school.  This book is based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure.

Core Knowledge SeriesCore Knowledge Series (by The Core Knowledge Foundation) has been created specifically for parents. In one convenient volume per grade, from What Your Preschooler Needs to Know through What Your Sixth Grader Needs to Know, this eight-volume series provides parents, teachers, and children with an engaging, illustrated introduction to the important knowledge outlined in the Core Knowledge Sequence.

Free Teacher Guides, Downloads & Forms from The Core Knowledge Foundation.  Includes the Core Knowledge Sequence and Core Classics Teacher Guides

Typical Course of Study from World Book.com.  The results of ongoing research into curriculum requirements and standards. The learning levels include preschool through grade 12. The typical course of study reflects general curriculum requirements across North America. The information is categorized by grade level and general skill type or discipline.

Grade-by-Grade Guide from Scholastic.com.  Browse by grade from Preschool through Middle School

Daily Homeschool Schedules submitted by homeschoolers on About.com.

 Make a Homeschool Schedule by Homeschooling-Ideas.com.  Lots of information and Sample Homeschool Schedules.

You can also find Common Core State Standards on your state's Department of Education website.  Each state publishes these, oftentimes labeled differently such as Curriculum, Standards, Assessment, and any combination thereof.  (Having trouble finding yours?  Let us know and we'll get you there.) You can usually find links to free resources, too!

One of the many advantages to homeschooling is that, unlike public school students, your child does not have to learn any certain thing at any given time (except maybe the high school years).  Your child can move forward or go back and review concepts not yet understood based on his or her academic ability.  And the covering of these core subjects can be accomplished through any combination of homeschooling methods, in addition to field trips, park days, and group activities.

Placement Tests for Homeschoolers

While some parents choose to homeschool because of state assessments, other parents find them beneficial. Parents can use them to find out how much their children already know, identify skills their children haven't mastered, or confirm that their children are ready to advance to the next level. There are many schools and curriculum publishers offering free placement tests. Although companies specifically design their tests to help parents place their children appropriately in their schools or to purchase level specific course materials, parents can use their tests to get a general idea of where their children are academically.

This is a collection of companies offering free printable, downloadable, and online placement tests. For links to non-free national standardized test providers, click here: Standardized Test Providers.

Placement Test Resources

A Note About Anxiety

No matter how young or old your child is, it's perfectly normal for him or her to be anxious before a test. Anxiety effects children (and adults) of all ages.1 Your child may be worried about doing poorly, concerned about taking too long, or mindful about less than positive past test taking experiences. A little anxiety can actually be helpful (stress-induced adrenaline can keep you on your toes2), but too much can be disadvantageous.3

Test anxiety isn't something you can eliminate for your child, but it is something you can minimize. If your child is worried about doing poorly, tell your child that the test is testing you to make sure you're doing your job as a teacher. If your child is concerned about taking too long or not finishing in time, break the test up into multiple sessions and avoid timed tests altogether. If your child had negative test experiences in the past, perhaps while in public school, assure him or her that the results of the tests are only to help you plan and prepare future curriculum.

Sources:
1https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/expert-answers/test-anxiety/faq-20058195
2https://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/test-anxiety
3https://cmhc.utexas.edu/testanxiety.html

Upcoming Homeschool Events

No events