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Few things are as valuable in this world as a good education, and as our society rapidly evolves and expands, itís important that curriculums change to help students face new challenges and opportunities. Itís normal for parents to worry their kids arenít learning enough in school, though sometimes, they arenít even sure where to begin when analyzing a schoolís curriculum. Some parents take matters into their own hands and decide to homeschool their young ones.

Elementary and Middle School

But elementary and middle school are critical years that shape a childís mind in myriad ways. The information that they learn during these critical schooling years will greatly impact their success in higher education and beyond. While every state has its own curriculum and approach to general education, here are some core elements to consider that should be involved in every young studentís curriculum.

There are four primary areas that all students should study: English, mathematics, science, and social studies (sometimes referred to as social sciences). These four principle subjects lay the framework for a more profound and personalized education. Each of these subjects, apart from their literal subject matter, equip young students with a variety of skills that help them succeed later in life.

English

English literature provides students with a unique perspective on human history; aside from stories, plays and general reading, students who study English become strong critical thinkers, learning to analyze situations from multiple angles and break down complex topics and presentations in order to discern true meaning.

Frequent reading and literature studies build vocabularies and enhance a studentís writing ability, making them stronger communicators. Being able to effectively articulate oneself and work with others is necessary in higher education, particularly when students encounter individuals who hold opposing views or opinions.

Mathematics

While itís true many students wonít go on to use trigonometry and geometry in their everyday lives, studying math actually teaches young students a lot more than how to manipulate numbers. While the fundamental math skills serve everyone throughout life, early childhood and middle-grade math teach students the importance of self-discipline and diligence.
A proper math curriculum will include age-appropriate subject material as governed by the stateís department of education, but more than that, it will give students abundant opportunity to build independent study habits, learn effective time management skills, and become more organized.

Younger students and adolescents lack the ability to think precedently; a good mathematics curriculum teaches students to slow down, come up with plans, consider consequences, and work methodically toward desired outcomes.

Science

Science is another often overlooked subject with younger students; being such a specific field, most parents donít worry about their childrenísí early science education as it doesnít immediately pertain to their overall academic success. However, science gives students a unique lens through which to view the world and stimulates their minds by providing answers to ďbig questionsĒ.

One of the most important aspects of a science curriculum is hands-on experimentation. Homeschool curriculums are often grounded in this. While textbooks, videos, and other media are great for providing background information and key facts, science experiments are an experience that can have powerful, positive effects on a young studentís development.
Science is a subject that encourages complete skepticism and exploration; while a student canít stand up and ask, ďWhat would happen if Abraham Lincoln hadnít been president?Ē and get a definitive answer, they can propose unique questions in a science classroom and work to discover a solution.

Social Studies

Social studies include world and U.S. History, geography, and social sciences such as psychology and sociology. A good social studies curriculum equips young students with skills that will lead to greater success in higher education. A few of these skills include reading for literal meaning, identifying key elements and distinguishing fact from fiction, learning to ask the right questions and make relevant connections, detecting bias, drawing conclusions and interpreting social and political messages in the media.

The Most Important Element of Any Curriculum

While academic standards like Common Core Education ensure young students learn the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become successful, independent adults, there is one major element that greatly impacts a studentís success no matter what curriculum their instructors use, participation. One of the greatest disadvantages of public classrooms and overcrowded schools is the decreased ability for studentís to participate individually in their education. With homeschooling curriculum resources, students play a more active role in the ďclassroom,Ē which can lead to greater development of the skills discussed in this article.

Of course, you donít have to quit your job and homeschool your kids for them to be successful in college and beyond. By evaluating your childís current curriculum, working with them on homework and projects, and using free time together to help fill in any gaps you feel their schoolís education might lack, you can determinedly lay the framework for a successful academic career.
Posted By: Rachelle Wilber
Wednesday, December 27th 2017 at 12:27PM
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