Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Homeschool Plan of Instruction

The state I live in is generally considered middle-of-the-road in terms of homeschooling laws, but one requirement is that we are to outline a plan of instruction.  I use a standard format when submitting paperwork to the county throughout the year.

Homeschool Plan of Instruction


For my own records though, I have also typed up a simple Plan of Instruction for our portfolios.  It's not a curriculum list; that is not required by state law (and may change throughout the year anyway) but I'll be sharing curriculum choices on the blog soon anyway.  This is actually more of an overview of the type of content that each subject will include.  It's basically a way for me to have on hand what I said I have created, and a way for me to keep in mind my general academic goals for the year.

It's broken down by the five subjects that our state requires progress in, and the "other" is basically for myself.  Since the boys work together frequently some of their subjects are the same.  Reading, language arts and math are where their plans and instructional content will deviate.


First Grade Plan of Instruction

Emory is in first grade and will receive instruction that is commiserate with his age, grade, maturity and skill level.  I will implement a variety of curriculum, supplements, websites, games, books, manipulatives, hands-on activities and real life experiences to create a dynamic and multi-sensory learning environment.

Reading
Emory will work on phonics, sight words and other foundational skills to build his reading fluency and comprehension.  I will also read books, poetry, fables and other genres aloud for a diverse exposure to quality literature.

Language Arts 
Emory will grow his communication skills and understanding of the English language through penmanship (print), vocabulary, informational and creative writing, and refining his speaking skills and listening comprehension.

Math 
Emory will continue to work on his math skills:  counting, addition, subtraction, writing numerals, place value, skip counting, mental math, word problems, two and three-dimensional shapes, basic fractions, comparisons, measurements, time, money, etc

Science
Emory will explore a diverse array of topics that may include, but is not limited to the life, physical, earth and space sciences, as well as technology and engineering.  He will also use informational texts and scientific tools to explore, observe and collect data.

Social Studies
Emory will be exposed to and develop an appropriate understanding of various content that includes, but is not limited to: history, geography, culture, family, community, economics and citizenship.

Other
Emory will also receive instruction and exposure to other subjects (Art, Music, Foreign Language, etc.) to create a rich learning environment, and to provide him with a basic understanding of cultural influences on society.  He will also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities that allow him to receive instruction from different teachers, to develop social skills with his peers and to participate in a variety of classes, activities and sports.




Third Grade Plan of Instruction

Elliott is in the third grade and will receive instruction that is commiserate with his age, grade, maturity and skill level.  I will use a variety of curriculum, supplements, websites, games, books, manipulatives, hands-on activities and real life experiences to create a dynamic and multi-sensory learning environment.

Reading
Elliott will continue to refine his reading fluency and build reading comprehension by reading a variety of assigned titles, which are to be determined. I will also read books, poetry, fables and other genres aloud for a diverse exposure to quality literature.


Language Arts
Elliott will grow his communication skills and understanding of the English language through penmanship (print and cursive), spelling, grammar, vocabulary, informational and creative writing, and refining his speaking skills and listening comprehension.


Mathematics
Elliott will continue to develop his mathematical skills:  addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, time, money, measurements, two and three-dimensional shapes, fractions, etc

Science
Elliott will explore a diverse array of topics that may include, but is not limited to the life, physical, earth and space sciences, as well as technology and engineering. He will also read informational texts and use science tools to explore, observe and collect data.  Elliott will also explore electronics and technology as part of his science curriculum.


Social Studies
Elliott will be exposed to and develop an age/grade-level appropriate understanding of various content that includes, but is not limited to: history, geography, culture, family, community, economics and citizenship.


Other
Elliott will also receive instruction and exposure to other subjects (Art, Music, Foreign Language, etc.) to create a rich learning environment, and to help him develop an understanding of the influences culture has on society.   He will also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities that allow him to receive instruction from different teachers, to develop social skills with his peers and to participate in a variety of classes, activities and sports.





As you can see, this is exactly what it says it is.  A general plan of instruction that outlines the basic academic goals we have for the school year.  Of course we will hopefully develop a deeper relationship with the material than a piece of paper can hope to outline, but this fulfills the requirements of a plan of instruction.  I'll be sharing actual curriculum posts soon!






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