Using Train up a Child Curriculum With Other Curriculum
When you start homeschooling, you often try and make it look like “real” (public) school.
This first phase usually entails getting a “box” curriculum that includes all the subjects and you use it until your kids are bored out of their skulls.
Then, you go through the SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) phase. You pick up the curriculum your best friend is raving about, then, the new, flashy one you saw on Pinterest… and so on.
Especially if you have been homeschooling a while, by now you probably have a roomful of materials and curriculum. #AmIright?
When homeschool moms come across our relaxed, Charlotte Mason style, customizable curriculum, they first say: I love this! It’s just what I’ve been looking for!
And then they say:
BUT, wait! I am in too deep with my science curriculum to switch to another… or, I really love my language arts curriculum, can I use that instead and still use your curriculum for the rest?
In other words, “Can I incorporate TUACP curriculum into what I am already using?”
And our answer is always a resounding yes.
Ways to use our Unit Programs
These are how some of our customers use our Unit Programs:
- for their history and/or science only (using their own language arts, instead of our DIY language arts using CM methods)
- to increase student interest and engagement by incorporating our high interest book suggestions and activities into their textbook/more traditional studies
- to have a ‘safe’ book list to choose from, organized by time period and topic, that has already been read by a trusted advisor with a similar worldview
- as a break from traditional reading and writing assignments for their students who are hands on/auditory/kinesthetic learners
- to teach/practice Charlotte Mason’s tried and true techniques of oral narration, dictation, nature study, and art study
- to spice up their student’s language arts study and give them a break from worksheets and traditional textbooks
- for their younger children who are more hands on by nature while their older children use textbook/other studies
- for higher interest schoolwork in the summer
- just for their high school students, as they can often plan it themselves
- to add more hands on projects and fine arts into students’ textbook or more traditional studies
Whether you choose to use our Unit Programs for all of your history, science, language arts and fine arts or not, it’s OK to use our Unit Programs along with other curriculum you have on the shelf.
After all, we want to be good stewards of our pennies, right?
Ways to use our high school courses with other curriculum
Each of our history and literature courses are are a full year on their own. But did you know we also had English elective courses? Because of the nature of these courses, you can use each one of them for a stand-alone course of 1/2 credit AND use them with other high school courses. For example:
- Our Essay Styles for High School course is a high school level, one semester, composition course that teaches your student how to write the five required high school essays. But it’s also an essay handbook to use when your high schooler is assigned an essay from an online or other course.
- The Steps to Writing a Research Paper is a one semester, 1/2 credit course. But since your student should write at least two research papers in high school, use it as a step-by-step handbook for other research papers your student writes in high school. Whether you assign a second research paper to your homeschooler, or she’s assigned a paper for her outside science, English or history course, she’ll have the perfect step-by-step instructions to refer to.
- The Art of Public Speaking, like our other English electives, is a one semester, half credit course on it’s own. But anytime your high schooler is assigned an oral presentation for a class OR has to speak outside of school, this course will show him how to plan and execute his speech with confidence.
So choose to use our very economic Unit Programs for all of your students history, language arts, science and fine arts if you want. After all, that’s how they were designed.
But it’s also perfectly okay to use parts of the Unit Programs along with other curriculum you already own.
In the same way, you can use our high school elective courses as stand alone courses, AND as detailed handbooks throughout your student’s high school career.
P.S. Do you have any questions about how to incorporate our Unit Programs or High School courses into your other curriculum? Touch base with our Info Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out.