Academics / Thinking skills Research, Recording, Responding, also includes World View, Logical/Critical thinking
Academics / General Knowledge History; the study of People Science; the study of the World
You will quickly see that this website is built on these categories. Should I need to write a report on my children's educational experiences (such as in the case of a Moderation Visit from the government) I do so according to these categories. When I plan my children's studies and activities I do so according to these categories.
Should this scope and sequence hit a chord with your heart please feel free to use it and make it your own.
The other sequence I keep in my mind is a developmental one.
Relationships and Character – Our children need to learn the skills necessary for healthy relationships (with God and man). Character (moral training) is also the foundation for any future learning activities.
Love of Learning – We desire that our children will be self disciplined and pursue learning from their own internal motivation. In order for this to happen we introduce the children to a broad general knowledge allowing them to narrow their studies when a keen interest arises. It is at this stage that the beginning skills of reading and writing are taught.
Study Skills – in order for students to be independent learners they require study skills, beyond reading and writing. They need to be familiar with Research, Recording, Responding.
Independent Learner – for learning to be lifelong a student needs to be able to learn independently – this is our ultimate goal for each of our students.
This list guides me in my planning decisions and also my expectations especially in the area of output. For example, a child who is primarily in the Character phase will not be expected to do a lot of written/paper work even though they may do a lesson with an older child, and so forth.