Monday, September 24, 2012

Supplementing Local Education with US School Standards

When we decided to enroll our children in a local preschool, I made the commitment to keep them up to date on their  English language knowledge and other US school standards.  I came across an excellent book, Home Learning Year by Year, by Rebecca Rupp.

Rupp's book is full of valuable information for anyone teaching their child at home or simply supplementing their children's school education.   The book presents a "structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school."  It includes websites for US state educational standards, lesson plans, and prepared home school curriculums and programs.  She also includes a list of age-appropriate books to accompany any learning experience.  The book is organized in a clear easy to read fashion, organized grade by grade.  

Before each school year, I read through the appropriate chapter making a mental checklist of what my children will need to be exposed to throughout the year.  At the end of the school year, I again read through the chapter and make sure my children learned the material.   More often than not, the materials have been integrated unconsciously in our day-to-day lives or taught at the local school.  The extra effort involved is minimal.  The peace of mind that our children will be adequately educated is invaluable.  

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