Do you want to put immediate fear into the heart and mind of a homeschool parent? Say the following phrase three times, “education plan”. Actually, you only need to say it once and it often brings immediate chills to a homeschool parent. Of all of the challenges homeschool parents face, creating an education plan appears to be one of the most difficult tasks at hand. You know what? It really should not be that way and is not. Creating an education plan is one of the easiest tasks to complete and becomes a valuable tool for a homeschool parent and a great resource for your child.

An education plan is one of the requirements from families to be enrolled with HomeLife Academy (HLA). Very simply, an education plan is a road map of courses and the curricula you use to teach those courses to your child each school year. Although some thought must go into preparing it, education plans should not be feared, discounted or rushed. Just as HLA is an umbrella for your school, the education plan is an umbrella for your child’s school work. It is your master plan. Yes, master plans do change, but the education plan gives you direction. If you change direction, you will know what your child has already used and completed and be able to make good academic decisions regarding what they will use on their new path.

These are examples of education plans:

In the elementary school years, there are not really required subjects, but we suggest you cover, at least, math, reading and writing with your child. Take advantage of these early years to also introduce your child to a number of areas that interest them. In the high school years, there are required subjects, some of which are listed above. When it comes to writing your education plan for any grade, you are to write the subject and following the subject, list all of the names (and publishers) of books and online resources you use to teach those subjects. You may be as detailed (ex: listing supplements too) as you want, but what HLA really needs is to know the major resources you use to teach a subject. If you like detail, you may want to keep a record on your personal copy of the education plan. The detail may prove extremely helpful to you as a reference of what your child has accomplished academically. The high school transcript is a quick look at your child’s academic accomplishments and an education plan provides the detail. By already having it documented, you will not have to rely on your memory when you actually need the information. The applications for jobs, scholarships and colleges are somewhere in your child’s future and they will thank you for already having their academic history recorded. Read the HLA High School Planning section for more information.

If you follow a less traditional homeschool (ex: unschooling, etc.), list the activities you will complete for the different subjects your child will learn that school year. Include the different resources (if any) and a description of how you implemented the learning.

If following an unschooling approach, you may want to keep several copies of completed school work for your records.

If you are homeschooling multiple children in the elementary school years (kindergarten through sixth), keep your education plan simple when entering it into Applecore. It is all right to group grammar, spelling and reading under Language Arts. Splitting them into individual subjects may make grade reporting, another easy task, tedious.

You may read more about how to create an education plan. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact HLA.

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