If you are thinking about home schooling, look at the links in the right hand column for possible options.
Also do a search on this site for the Ron Paul Curriculum. It is one that is more “hands off” for the teaching parent, and this may be appropriate for some situations. Read the extensive article written about it, because it is very good for some students, but for others it is not appropriate, not due to the curriculum, but due to the attention span and internal discipline of the student.
The purpose of this article is to talk about some classes that might not be covered in a regular curriculum.
These are classes like foreign languages, art, music, dance, shop classes, religious training and other “non-book” classes.
Here are the ways you can cover some of those classes.
You probably already know the answer yourself, but in today’s world, there are all sorts of things that are taught online. Foreign languages. Playing a guitar. Playing a piano. Religious classes. It is a matter of seeking them out.
Plus, and this has been mentioned before in other articles, if you get together with a home school coop, you can join forces. A mom who is good in sewing can teach sewing. Other moms can teach other skills such as cooking or how to keep a house clean and do laundry.
You can teach practical skills. A dad or uncle or grandpa can teach how to change a tire or carpentry or other mechanical basics. Someone with a home garden can teach gardening or how to take care of chickens.
The sky is the limit. Just find people with gifts and talents and set up a school schedule. You can do some teaching at home. You can do some teaching in group classes.
All this is in addition to reading, writing, math, science, and history. You can fill in the gaps of a curriculum that you like by being creative and finding ways to teach some things not taught in the particular curriculum. All curriculums have their strengths and focuses. This is talking about filling in any gaps.
You can combine curriculums if you want.
As mentioned before, there are official home school groups that help people to get up to speed in home schooling. With the internet, you can learn from groups all over the country. Find the group in your state. Learn any legalities about home schooling in your state. Get on their email list.
Generally, these groups have some group activities planned, such as a sports event at a church that has a basketball court or a sports event to a local skating rink. They can plan field trips to a zoo or science museum.
You do not have to do it alone in homeschooling. Do internet searches. Reach out and find other like-minded people. Find curriculums that work for your situation. Let people blossom and use their gifts and talents and your children can learn so much more than in a public setting. Find people locally and work with them or find online classes to “fill in the gaps” of what you want your child to learn.
You know your child’s interests and skills. You can help your child blossom by trying to find training that they would not get at a public school.