Our Interest-Led Homeschool Curriculum: 2020-2021
Today, I am happy to share our interest-led homeschool curriculum choices for the upcoming homeschool year.
This is one of my favorite posts of the year.
I love reading other mom’s plans for their homeschool and seeing how they’ve crafted a curriculum plan for their family. It’s a privilege to share mine.
There’s something about it that makes me feel hopeful. It’s like a fresh start.
It’s the same way I felt on the first day of school when I was a child.
If you have been following along the past few weeks, you know that this year, my approach to back to school planning has been very different.
In fact, this type of curriculum share post is usually something I do no later than the end of July.
I am happy to say that I finally have a bit of a game plan in place for our new school year (and just in time – our scheduled first day of school is in less than two weeks).
As always, I want to stress that while I am sharing our curriculum choices for the year, I want you to know that we will not do all the exercises within them. We may abandon them mid-way through and move on to something else.
Most importantly, I want you to know that the curriculum choices below are not the main driver of what and how we learn in our homeschool.
Let me explain.
I have found that the very best way my children learn is through strength based, interest-led learning. Typically, they do best with hands-on, interactive and video based learning with a ton of audio books and maps.
This means our primary “curriculum choices” do not look like curriculum at all.
Our Interest-Led Learning Resources For 2020-2021
Here are the resources I consider invaluable and plan to use as a part of our daily learning:
YouTube – Mark Rober, Mythbusters, Geography Now, and Oversimplified
Audible – every single car ride involved listening to an audio book
The world map on our dining room wall
Current events discussions each day
Library trips and Barnes and Noble gift cards from family
Allowing the boys to order things online, themselves, to understand how it works and see a budget in action
Watching documentaries together at night
While these are not standard curriculum choices, ten years in, I know that most of what my children learn this year will come from these resources.
We use actual curriculum almost as a supplement, and a way to keep a little bit of structure and routine in our learning.
Our Interest-Led Homeschool Curriculum Choices: 2020-2021
This is what I have selected for each of my boys:
Apologia and Oak Meadow Science – Advanced Biology/Anatomy and Physiology
Classes at his hybrid private school – economics, government, language arts, life skills
As I said above, we use these programs mostly as a supplement and a way to keep a little bit of structure and routine in our learning.
They will not be the driving force in our learning, but they will be helpful tools in creating an overall plan that works for my children and their needs.
Here’s to a wonderful school year, filled with love and learning for us all!
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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned educational consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys who have learning differences and special needs.
Shawna has also written four books: Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos, and Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. A passionate advocate for individualized education, Shawna is frequently featured on Today.com, Simple Homeschool, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Mighty. She can also be found supporting parents online at her own site, DifferentByDesignLearning.com.