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Understanding and Obtaining the Teaching Materials Available to Your Homeschool

A large element of your curricula plans is likely to be various teaching materials. These materials can include the following:

  • Books. You are likely to need lots of books to support the various curricula you will use during each school year. These include textbooks, reading books, instructional books, references, and so on. Some of these you will probably purchase while others you will be able to borrow, either from individuals or from libraries.

  • Workbooks. Many curricula include workbooks that contain exercises for students to complete. Workbooks can be useful up to middle school grades, such as kindergarten through fifth or sixth grade.

  • Videos and DVDs. There are thousands of videos and DVDs that can be important elements of your curricula. These include documentaries, historical pieces, instructional videos, and so on. Some movies can also be very useful, such as some of the classic books for which movie versions have been made.

  • The Internet. The Internet can be a very significant part of your curricula. From Web sites that provide reference material on any topic you can imagine to online courses that your students can take, you should consider Internet resources for your curricula needs. Additionally, the Internet is extremely useful in developing your curricula because of the many homeschool resources you will find there.
Determining the Teaching Materials You Need
In your curriculum plan, you should identify the teaching materials you need. For example, you will see that a number of resources will be needed for this fifth grade student such as a pre-algebra book, a history text, reading books that focus on the historical period being studied, a grammar workbook, and so on. Use your plan to make a list of materials you need for each student. This list will become your shopping list and you will be ready to start researching for the materials you want to gather.



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Reproduced from Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling, by Brad Miser, by permission of Pearson Education. Copyright © 2005 by Que Publishing. Please visit http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0789732777 to order your own copy.


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