Taking your child’s education into your own hands can be daunting. Yet, that’s what thousands and thousands of homeschool parents are doing each year, with new ones getting started all the time. Whether you are just now embarking on the journey of home education or are a seasoned expert, you may feel unsure about how to approach specific grade levels.
Time4Learning understands that parents sometimes want a little guidance about getting started homeschooling. What are other fifth grade homeschoolers doing? How can I know that my ninth grader is on track? What kind of curriculum is available for my kindergartener?
We want you to feel confident in your choice to homeschool. Below, you will find information that will guide you in the areas you are likely most curious about, including:
Homeschooling by Grade
For those just getting started with homeschooling or who are curious about what’s in your current homeschooler’s future, we’ve created a wonderful resource: grade-level homeschool overview pages. Each page will introduce you to the unique skills your child may be learning in their current (or upcoming) grade level, will provide tips for making the most of your homeschool year, and will explain how Time4Learning’s curriculum meets your specific grade-level needs.
Pick a grade below to learn more about what homeschooling your student might look like in the upcoming grade and what you can do to feel prepared for the experience.
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Preschool
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Kindergarten
- Getting Started Homeschooling for First Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Second Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Third Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Fourth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Fifth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Sixth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Seventh Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Eighth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Ninth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Tenth Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Eleventh Grade
- Getting Started Homeschooling for Twelfth Grade
Homeschooling by Age
We know that many parents put less emphasis on grade levels once they are in the homeschooling groove. But, that doesn’t mean that you don’t still have questions about what homeschooling your child might be like next year. You also may be curious about what he or she will be learning and what online homeschooling might look like for someone your child’s age. With that in mind, we’ve put together an equally valuable resource: age-specific homeschool overview pages.
For answers to questions like “Why does my seven-year-old seem to crave more independent homeschool work?” and “How do you keep a 13-year-old homeschooler motivated?”, these resource pages will be ones that parents return to again and again throughout their homeschool journey.
Homeschooling by Subject
Even if you get the answers you need about what to expect in the upcoming grade level or age, that still might not help you get to the core of what your child needs most, academically. Is your fourth grader doing well in language arts but struggling to make sense of decimals and fractions? Did your high schooler have a poor school experience in middle school science and needs to bolster his skills before applying to college?
Time4Learning offers targeted subject-specific resource pages to guide parents in what we offer students in the academic areas of study. Each overview page will explain, grade level by grade level, what your student will be focusing on and the features of our comprehensive online approach.
Pick the subject below that you want to explore to better understand what your child will be learning in the coming year.
Homeschooling in Your StateIf your family is in the “research” stage of homeschooling, one of the chief concerns on your mind may be finding resources that are customized to your state of residence. Time4Learning’s state information page can not only link you to information specific to homeschooling in your state, but also will connect you to our state-by-state forums. Sometimes the best way to get answers to the questions you have is to ask someone else from your state who has experience with the particularities of local guidelines.
Homeschooling Special Needs and Gifted Students
Are you currently (or considering) homeschooling a child with learning differences? If so, you are not alone. One of the most common reasons Time4Learning members tell us they began considering homeschooling is that their child’s special learning needs weren’t being appropriately addressed within their current school situation. Educating a child with special needs at home doesn’t have to be nerve-wracking, though. If anything, the move to homeschooling likely means that your child will receive the most customized, targeted learning approach possible. For information on teaching your LD student at home, explore our Special Needs Education page.
Another recurring reason parents consider homeschooling is that their child isn’t being challenged enough in the classroom. Gifted learners can benefit from a customized approach that maximizes their educational potential. Time4Learning recognizes the challenges of home education for a student who is easily bored with traditional learning. If you have a gifted learner, you may be wondering what you can do to engage her more fully or motivate him to expand on his natural strengths. For information on teaching your gifted child at home, explore our Gifted Education page.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
No two children are alike, nor are any two family’s reasons for homeschooling the same. That’s why choosing a curriculum that best fits your student’s learning needs and your family’s goals is one of the most important homeschool decisions you will make.
We understand that you want to build the best possible PreK-12 homeschool curriculum plan for your student. For some families, that will be a program that addresses their child’s unique learning differences. For other families, that will be an approach that best fits their son or daughter’s learning style. Many parents are looking for an affordable curriculum that covers all the core learning standards.
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool, and Summer Use
If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we’d suggest first looking at our interactive lesson demos.
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