What Are Your Student’s Learning Milestones This Year?



Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.

Seems like just yesterday we were talking about getting ready for summer, and now, even though we are in the midst of summer, it’s already time to start planning for back to school. You may think it’s too soon, but being ahead of the game and finalizing your curriculum and other must-haves now, will ensure that you start the new homeschool year on the right foot.

There are many things to consider and keep in mind when homeschooling. And whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’ve been doing it for years, one important aspect that we don’t hear much discussion about is the importance of understanding learning milestones and what they mean to you and your children.

While most curricula do a good job of detailing what your child will be learning in each grade, some homeschoolers still have doubts and question if their children are learning what they should be for their particular age.

milestones-main

What should my child be learning?

If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, you are not alone. Being in charge of your child’s education is a challenging task to take on, and it’s perfectly normal to feel unsure at times.

For some homeschoolers, deciding what to teach is based on their child’s age, while others consider the grade level corresponding with their child’s age, as if the child were attending traditional schools. While this is a decision made based on personal choice, no matter which approach you take, you know your child better than anyone else and each family does what works for them. There really is no right or wrong way. If your child is learning and showing progress, you’re doing it right.

Homeschooling by age?

Determining what to teach your child for their particular age requires a bit of research, especially since we’re so used to hearing about children learning based on grade-level standards. Plus, as a homeschooler, there really isn’t such thing as teaching the norm, since you are able to customize so much of what you teach based on your child’s interests, regardless of his or her age.

With each passing year, you’re sure to notice changes in your child. Your son may develop a competitive streak. Your daughter may start to become more independent. And your little one may all of a sudden become very attached to either you or your spouse. Each age comes with its own set of common characteristics and milestones: some to be embraced, some challenging. But knowing what to expect when homeschooling by age can help you tailor your homeschool routine so that you can approach each year prepared and knowing what to expect.

For example, homeschooling a 5- or 6-year-old who is just learning to read requires more one-on-one time and assistance with overall school work. However, once a child has reached the age of 7, they will begin to gain more independence and will be able to work on certain tasks alone. As your children mature and get older, you can start incorporating more advanced topics of study and discuss them on a more serious level.

Homeschooling by grade?

For those of you that are new to homeschooling or perhaps planning to put your children back in school at some point, homeschooling by grade may be a better approach. Since each grade level has its own unique course of study and lesson plans, you are able to focus on those topics specific to your child’s grade, regardless of age.

For the most part, the core subjects of math, language arts, science and social studies are included regardless of a student’s grade level. But as children advance to higher grades, not only are they introduced to new, more complex topics, but they are also taught more advanced concepts too. For example, learning 1-digit addition in kindergarten, and then learning 2-digit addition in first and second grade. Once students enter 9th grade, keeping track of credit hours starts to come into play, as does more advanced coursework and even the possibility of dual enrollment.

Whether you homeschool by age or grade, as a homeschooler, you have the freedom to adjust your course of study as you see fit. Remember, every child is unique and will learn at his or her own pace. So as you prep for this upcoming homeschool year, seek out a flexible curriculum that allows you to customize your child’s learning to ensure that he or she will be successful at every age and in every grade level.

Written by The Time4Learning Team

The Time4Learning Team

Time4Learning.com is an award-winning, comprehensive curriculum for PreK-12th that makes learning effective and engaging through animated lessons and activities. The online program teaches and grades lessons, tracks and records progress, and keeps reports to help simplify homeschool portfolios.

For over a decade, Time4Learning has helped more than 500,000 homeschooling families with its flexible and engaging curriculum, homeschool resources, and more. Our team of homeschool moms, homeschool dads, and support staff have come together to create helpful homeschool insights on subjects such as family, education, fun, and more!

Opt In Image
Join our growing list of 120,000 homeschoolers who LOVE free stuff!

Is my email safe and will I get junk? Click here for info.

Similar Posts You Might Like:


Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

FREE Life Skills Printable Checklist

Teaching life skills to our kids is an important part of any home. However, breaking these tasks down into doable chunks and figuring out which tasks are appropriate for a specific age group can be daunting. Here is a great checklist to reference, and all that organizational work has already…

7 FREE and Cheap Kindle Books for Homeschoolers

  Kindle Books for Homeschoolers Please remember, Amazon prices can change quickly. The books below were free or discounted at the time this post went live, but may only be so for a limited time. Please double check the price before purchasing any of the books below.     Let's Go! Field Trips for Homeschoolers and Active Families…

DIY Lavender Laundry Sponges with FREE Printable

These DIY Lavender Laundry Sponges are an inexpensive way to soften your laundry! You can find all the items needed at the dollar store. You can't get much more affordable than that! When you're ready to dry your clothes in the dryer, simply toss a sponge in to keep your…

August Menu Plan with clickable links

Can you believe it's August already? Good night...this year is just whizzing by! Since we are still in the summer months, I made sure to keep some Grilling meals throughout the month. There is also a variety of salads and a good mixture of different meats so you won't get…

40+ Summer Salad Recipes

I don't know about you, but I love eating salads and "cooler" foods in the Summer. All the fresh produce make for some yummy ingredients! You can even make some super yummy dressings! Here are some of my favorites and ones I can't wait to try this year with our…

FREE Printable We Can/Can’t Play Door Hanger

Oh, boy! It can be such a dilemma when the neighbor kids want to play, but you own kids aren't done with their school work yet! Head them off at the pass with this free, printable We Can/Can't Play Door Hanger. The colors, font, and design are kid-friendly, and it…

Free Housecleaning Schedule with Printable Customizable PDF

I used to keep such a tidy home. That was before homeschooling and before my kids reached counter height.  Those of you with toddlers think you've got it so tough trying to keep the blocks put up in the bins. Just wait until your kids are tall enough and mobile…

Homemade “Shout” Stain Remover

I am a stain magnet, and because of it, I try to never spend more than $7 on a shirt. It's just a matter of time before that shirt is going in the rag bin! Yes, I have heard of Tide Pens. I go through those things like crazy. Laundry…

FREE Printable Letter to Home While on Vacation Page

Here's the perfect printable to take with you while you head out on your vacation this year... a printable letter template to let friends and family know how much fun you are having on your trip. GET IT HERE

May Meal Plan {Downloadable with Clickable Links}

Last time I checked we were happily going our merry way in April and all of a sudden...it's May! That means 1/3 of 2017 is gone! While I love Spring and the warmer weather it brings, we tend to get weeks of rain, which means we spend many hours in doors.…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL NEW POSTS

Notebooking Pages Free Resources