How Do I know When We Are On The Right Track?

  • How can I avoid learning gaps?
  • How can I assess my child’s readiness for certain skills?
  • What if I want to use an eclectic approach to curriculum instead of a boxed curriculum, but I need a guide?
  • What if I want to unschool, but need to know how my high school student’s learning experiences correspond to the subjects on a transcript?

A scope and sequence is a helpful tool for peace of mind and can help homeschool parents answer those important questions!


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How to Decide on the Scope and Sequence of Your Home Education Program

If you have ever used a “boxed curriculum”, you have probably seen the “Scope and Sequence” that comes with your Teacher’s Manuals for each grade and each subject. But if you are interested in a literature based or project based approach for your creative or hands-on learners, you may have felt a bit concerned about them missing out on an essential skill or some core knowledge that will affect them later in life.

Well, rest assured that every student, whether public schooled, private schooled or homeschooled, will have a learning gap of some kind – but to the best of our ability as teachers, we want to make sure that we cover things that will help our kids or students succeed in life and remain lifelong learners.

Lifelong learners will have the desire and the means to access any knowledge that they may have missed during their educational career.

I have added some links and information below, that can help you decide on both the scope and the sequence of your home education program. Whatever your family’s educational philosophy and whatever your child’s learning style, these guides can help you to know (generally) what types of skills and learning your children will be ready for at what age/grade.

The files below have been made available by the Core Knowledge Foundation* and you may download and use them free of charge. They are guidelines and not rules that you have to follow. The guides are general, and our children learn at different rates, and are ready for the prescribed skills at different rates. Don’t let any guideline become tyrannical.

You can click these files to download them and go to the Core Knowledge Website to download FREE curriculum or to purchase a bound copy of the files below:



*This work is based on an original work of the Core Knowledge© Foundation made available through licensing under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This does not in any way imply that the Core Knowledge Foundation endorses the work. It is not being used for commercial purposes. For the license terms of this work please click here

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Take a look at some of the websites I have linked below that have information about this and some books I recommend with valuable guides for you on how children learn, determining readiness and general guidelines on what they need to know when:


Book Recommendations

  • You Can Teach Your Child Successfully: Grades 4-8 by Ruth Beechick
  • Teaching Children: A Curriculum Guide to What Children Need to Know at Each Level Through Sixth Grade by Diane Lopez
  • What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible, According to the State: with Evaluation Check Lists for Grades K-8 by Robin Sampson
  • Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual by Cathy Duffy (there is one for Elementary and one for Junior/Senior High)
  • Homeschooling: The Early Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 3- to 8- Year-Old Child by Linda Dobson
  • Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp