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1.Five Basic Types of Curriculum
The five basic types of curriculum are Traditional, Thematic, Programmed, Classical, and Technological.  The most used curriculum can be found within these broader categories. 1.  Traditional
This is the traditional workbook/textbook approach familiar to those who attended American public schools growing up.  It is comprised of 6-7 unrelated subjects with a different book for each.  It is grade specific and may be expensive. Examples: Bob Jones, A Beka, Calvert

Learning Style Match: Visual and Auditory
Pros: More likely to cover the basics, lesson plans laid out, security Cons: Time consuming, expensive, difficult to teach several grades simultaneously, subjects each taught separately Works well for:

* A child used to being in school (and that was doing well) * A methodical, routine learner
* A mom who needs reassurance
* A mom who likes routine and does not have time to plan her own curriculum * A first time home-schooling parent
Cautions:  Keep in mind that even teachers at school do not cover every page in every book.  In math they may assign odds or evens on certain assignments.  In Science and History, sometimes a chapter or even a unit may be omitted.  Remember that your kids are also learning language and culture.  Do not let yourself or your kids be stressed by trying to do too much. 2.  Thematic Unit Study

This type is known as “thematic learning,” “teaching across the curriculum,” or integrated study.  Basic school subjects are studied in light of a particular topic, theme, or historical period instead of isolated subjects.  Most often, a separate phonics and math program is needed (though some companies include them as supplements or offer choices). Examples: KONOS, Weaver, Design a Study, Sonlight, Greenleaf Press, Moving Beyond the Page Learning Style Match: Multi-sensory

Pros: All ages learn together; uses real books, inexpensive, teaches to child’s area of interest; Cons: Can have gaps in skills so needs balance; can be overwhelming to new homeschoolers, lesson plans are more flexible and require you to provide the structure; may lack resource materials on the field, lacks test taking skills in content areas; Works well for:

* A child pulled out of school that is burned out on learning * A creative mom that feels secure about her abilities
* Multiple children in different grades
* Children who have difficulty sitting still and prefer hands-on learning Cautions:  This type of curriculum can be hit and miss.  For 5th and 6th grade you many need to bring in a textbook and tests for content areas. 3.  Programmed:

This type is often based on a self-paced, sequential workbook.  It requires no preparation and usually little direct teaching by the parent. Examples: Alpha Omega, School of Tomorrow, “PACES,” Switched-On Schoolhouse Learning Style Match: Visual

Pros: Very easy to use, little preparation, lessons planned out, independent learner based, self-paced, especially great for content areas; Cons: Not appropriate for younger grades, not suitable for auditory learners (except for Switched on Schoolhouse), boring to some, not designed to be interactive, skill building might be lacking; Works well for:

* A mom who is very busy with little time for individual learning * A child who loves workbooks and routine learning
* A family in transition
* A mom who just had a baby
* A child who is able to sit still, stay focused, and needs little direction or discipline 4.  Classical
“The Trivium” is stages or ways of learning that coincide with a child’s cognitive development. * Grammar Stage—What’s in their world (PreK-2nd or 3rd) * Dialectic Stage—Tell me more.  Tell my why.  How does it work?  Compare/contrast; Connect real things to abstract.  (2nd or 3rd – 5th or 6th) * Rhetoric Stage—What does it mean to me?  What do I do with this info?  How am I going to use it?  Logic/Debate.  (Middle school to Adult) Examples: My...
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