Building your own curriculum under strict guidelines

A large part of the reasons behind why we chose to homeschool was that it allowed for individualised teaching. Even working within the guidelines, there is still a good deal more flexibility to work around the rules than it initially seems.

Today I have a guest post over at Simple Homeschool about putting a curriculum together for the year at Bloke School. Read more about it at Building Your own Curriculum Under Strict Guidelines.

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About Blokeschool

I am a homeschooling dad with a wife and two boys. I'm not quite sure what I'm doing, so I feel compelled to write it all down. In my spare time, I work as a registered nurse, drink too much coffee, and intermittently renovate the house.
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7 Responses to Building your own curriculum under strict guidelines

  1. Danielle says:

    I really enjoyed this post! I am new to the home schooling concept (we are in NSW too) and it’s nice to get an Australian perspective on things. We are in a crazy research stage before embarking on things and you’ve give us lots of reference! Looking forward to exploring your blog a bit more…..ps. it’s also nice to get a blokes perspective! 🙂

    • Blokeschool says:

      The crazy research stage is definitely a challenging place to be. I found it quite overwhelming, and there are no guarantees that what looks good on paper and in your mind will actually work in practice with your kids. Glad you were able to get something out of this, and good luck with it all.

  2. Tasmanian (but in Melbourne!) says:

    So nice to live in a state that does not require 250 hours of this and 100 hours of that! Stresses me out just thinking about it!

    • Blokeschool says:

      In a sense, I dont mind having it there. It is kind of tedious, and there is a certain degree of game playing to make sure the numbers all match up, but it also means that I dont leave out entire sections of the curriculum which I otherwise would not have thought about or bothered with.
      Also in the back of my mind is always the thought that if our homeschooling adventure ever collapses, it will not be such a giant leap into the school system if we follow a standardised plan of some sort.

  3. Cara says:

    Wondering if you could list some of the board games popular with your 2? I keep meaning to introduce some board games. I have a 2 year old and a 4 year old (who is at about yr 1 level for reading & maths according to reading eggs/mathseeds).

    • Blokeschool says:

      Monopoly is pretty good for kids. Its a terrible game really, and we have never got close to finishing, and I dont believe we could without a terrible fight, but there is dice rolling and lots of money counting, and keeping track of various pieces. In that sense, they get a lot out of it.
      Simple counting games like Snakes and Ladders are good for little kids because there is lots of dice rolling, counting and also a great sense of chance involved.
      Race games like Barricade are good. Again, there is counting and also a small amount of simple strategy going on there.
      Carcassonne is a great game with lots of strategic thinking, patterning and simple maths involved.
      Games which combine chance and logic are good. Mastermind and Battleships are ones that we often play.
      Chess is great, although your kids might be a touch small for it. I have written about it here. https://blokeschool.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/their-drills-were-bloodless-battles/
      If chess is too complex then Draughts is a good substitute.
      Another totally fun board game, although minimally mathematical is Wildcraft. I have written about it here. https://blokeschool.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/herbalist/
      Busytown was very popular here a couple of years ago. It is a non competitive game where you find details in the drawings on a large board.
      I think that covers the main ones. It should certainly set you in the right direction.

  4. Cara says:

    Thanks. We do have Camelot Jnr which has been great. We have Carcassonne, I hadn’t thought of it for the kids yet, I’ll have a look at it again. Thanks!

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