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What Taka' needs to know and when

posted Jan 29, 2011, 1:06 PM by K Day   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 11:46 AM ]

I am fortunate enough to belong to a great homeschooling community with families who run the gamete from first time preschool homeschooler's to veteran homeschooler's of high schoolers and college bound kids. Each as unique and individual as snowflakes, who are tireless in their contributions to newbies like me. Even though I have these great women (and men) to lean on, I still worry sometimes - am I'm doing enough with Taka'? Is he learning enough, are we "on target" (whatever that means) and am I doing enough to at least keep him at a level where he can still be articulate with other kids his own age, that are still in an institutionalized school? So far the answer is yes, but I must admit I still seek confirmation from the "traditional" school world from time to time. In my search for a "Check List", to tell me what Taka' needs to know when, I came across World Book's website. Here you will find a general "Typical Course of Study "Enter Grade" Curriculum Guide". Everything from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 

Taka' has just turned 6, so in our state he would be eligible for Kindergarten. Thus I began with the

"Typical Course of Study Kindergarten Curriculum Guide"However, upon reviewing I quickly went to the "Typical Course of Study Grade 1 Curriculum Guide".   And then onto the 2nd grade document just for kicks and giggles. I think it's interesting to see what is recommended for each grade. 

I sometimes lose sight of why we chose to homeschool. So continuing to learn more helps to keep me grounded and on track. The more I learn the more I recall the reasons we chose to homeschool. I still struggle with finding balance between what I grew up being told and this new path we've chosen for our son. I have a friend who would say that I still need to be "De-Schooled" :) I would say - I'm working on it. 

Although our family isn't a good fit for traditional institutionalized learning it doesn't mean that others aren't. I still find value in discovering what Taka's friends learn in public and private school. And there is always value in learning from those who have gone before us.