Scope and Sequence
The Discipleship Way

A scope and sequence sets out the priorities for your child's education, here we share the order of our priorities as we homeschool our children.

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Scope and Sequence
The Development of an Independent Learner

Scope and Sequence

Relationship with God and with People (includes Character Education)

Time, Money, Possessions, Work

Leadership skills, Public presentation, Self Management, Communication, Knowing myself, Emotional Health, Gender Skills, Physical Health, Purity Issues

Talents, Gifts, Abilities, Interests of the individual child

Academics / Basic skills
Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic,

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.

I'd love to hear from you and how this has helped your Discipleship of your family.

I would also recommend that you read I Saw the Angel in the Marble as it was hugely instrumental in Peter and I getting our thoughts together and I am sure you will find it inspiring too.

The Development of an Independent Learner

The other sequence I keep in my mind is a developmental one.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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