For the most part, homeschooling families can decide on their own what to learn and do. Except for kids enrolled in study-at-home programs (degree awarding or private schools), homeschoolers may study or assign anything they desire (to find out what is required, check your laws HERE).
But despite this freedom, most families still tend to include the same subjects as the foundation, or academic core, of the homeschooling curriculum. Though some families deviate from these fundamentals, most typically agree that the following courses should be included:
- English/Language Arts
- History/Social Studies
Some families choose to include Bible Study as a part of the general core, as well.
In addition to the very basic core, many homeschoolers include these topics as well:
- some physical education component
- art and/or music
- foreign language
- a variety of electives
When planning a child’s homeschool schedule, it can be helpful to see what others are doing and follow a similar framework. However, just like everything else in homeschooling, the final decision always rests with the family.