by Valerie Malott
I mentioned some curricula which can be helpful when you have many age/ability levels learning at home in my first post in this series. This can be a great way for someone who is just starting out to break out of the mold of separate grade level curricula for each child.
While it's possible to create your own multi-level studies with books from the library and some help from the internet, there are a few resources I want to share that I have found helpful in my own home learning journey.
Kathryn Stout's books at Design-A-Study were incredibly helpful to me when I first considered designing my own multi-level learning units for our family. The books I've used include:
I've thought about purchasing Science Scope, since I have heard many good things about it, but I'm feeling more confident about my ability to design a plan that works for our family. It's nice that these resources are now available as eBooks (pdf).
Grade Level Resources
While I'm not a huge fan of grade levels when it comes to what a child should be learning at a certain age, they can be helpful in guiding you towards other resources that would be suitable for a certain range of ages. One book I refer to on occasion is Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp. For the lower grades, the book seems to be a blend of the suggestions made in E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge series and Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Trained Mind (at least the world history rotation). In the high school years, the book's suggestions follow the more typical public school rotations for the four main subjects (Language Arts, History, Math, and Science). Still, it's jam-packed with enough information to help you to design your own curriculum.
Speaking of The Well-Trained Mind, the four-year history and science rotations yield themselves nicely to designing your own multi-level plans. The resource suggestions don't have to be used for a particular grade level, but instead could be used as a guide for elementary, middle, and high school ages. This article explains how to do Classical Schooling With Multiple Children.
Below are some of the websites that have helped me in my pursuit of designing a learning plan tailored to my family.
- Multi-Level Teaching by Cindy Downes. Cindy explains what multi-level teaching is and provides a wealth of resources to help plan unit studies
- Managing a Multi-Grade Homeschool
- Unit Studies with Multiple Ages from Hodge Podge
- 10 Days of Lasagna Learning: Teaching Multiple Ages the whole series from Hodge Podge
Be sure to check my other posts related to this topic:
- The Multi-Level Homeschool
- Multi-Level Learning: Part 1 (language arts) 2008
- Multi-Level Learning: Part 2 (medieval history) 2008
- Ancient Celts Multi-Level Unit Study