You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself
~ Galileo  

Scope and Sequence Resources

How do I know that I'm covering all subject material and in the right age appropriate sequence?

It is truly impossible to cover EVERYTHING. Even the public schools do not cover everything, however it is important to at least look at the Typical Course of Study for various subject areas and grade levels when selecting and/or developing a homeschool curriculum.

Missing some key elements will not make a difference if your child has developed a hunger for knowledge. They will be able to pick up anything that they missed fairly easily if they have learned the valuable ability to ask questions and do independent research. The most foundational principle of education is not to "pack in" as much information and facts as possible in 12 plus years, but to ignite a desire for learning.

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
~ W.B. Yeats

Scope and Sequence Guidelines can serve as a very helpful roadmap in teaching subject areas. For example, a child has to learn letter recognition, followed by phonetic sound associations, before they can read or write. Skills and subject components build progressively upon each other and when this sequence is followed in many subjects, the child will learn naturally. By using a "roadmap" the homeschool parent is able to look and plan ahead. They can also focus on components that their child may have a special interest in. If a child is struggling with a specific component, they can easily retrace steps and review a previous component before introducing the next.

Free Scope and Sequence Resources
Material for Purchase
State Standards


Free Scope and Sequence Resources


An Old Fashioned Education - Download the K-12 Curriculum Map and use it as a guideline for which subjects and components to introduce at which grade levels. The site also offers free downloadable public domain resources and texts.

Virginia Dept of Ed

World Book "Typical Course of Study" - Preschool to 12 Grade" "Typical Course of Study" - Resource links based on the World Book Typical Course of Study


Material for Purchase


The Checklist (by Cindy Downes) "The Checklist is an assessment tool, a lesson-planning guide, and a K-12th grade recordkeeper, all in one!"

What Your Child Needs to Know When: According to the Bible, According to the State: with Evaluation Check Lists for Grades K-8  (by Robin Sampson)



State Curriculum Scope and Sequence Standards
Homeschool families can use the State Standards as a guideline in developing a sequenced curriculum, ensuring that subject areas are covered and to ensure that material is introduced at the correct grade level.

Developing Educational Standards List of all U.S. States and their standards



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Resources for Home Educators




How can you be sure that your curriculum is covering all subject areas and in the right age appropriate sequence?

What Your Child Needs To Know When, by Robin SampsonAmazon link  
What Your Child Needs To Know When, by Robin Sampson

This is a helpful resource for home schoolers grade K-8, that includes checklists for academic evaluation for each grade and much more.

"Home schooled students receive a more varied education than does a child who is conventionally schooled.
~Isabel Lyman, Cato Institute







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