Frequently Asked Questions
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1. Why do I need an all-inclusive curriculum?
Each year should continue to be a fun and active time of learning. It should be full of interesting and interactive activities that encourage thinking at higher levels. Planning takes time, and it can be stressful to research and combine resources. We have designed a unit study program with themes that appeal to children, and lessons that are easy for the parent to follow. Your child will learn to read, master basic math skills, and be academically prepared for the next grade level. You will build the foundation for a lifelong process of learning. The goal of Homeschool Complete is not only to teach facts and figures, but also higher-level thinking and problem solving skills that create a love of learning.
2. Does Homeschool Complete teach phonics?
Yes; in kindergarten your child will learn to read short and long vowel words, words with consonant blends, words with double vowels, words with suffixes, contractions, and sight words within context. The curriculum combines phonics and sight word recognition skills to teach a child how to read fluently and expressively. Language arts skills of spelling, punctuation, grammar, handwriting, and reading comprehension are included. By the end of kindergarten, your child will be able to read sentences and short stories.
In first grade your child will continue to learn to read long vowel words, words with consonant blends, words with double vowels, words with prefixes and suffixes. He will identify homonyms, contractions, compound words, syllables, and sight words within context. He will continue to develop fluency and expression in reading orally. Language arts skills of spelling, punctuation, grammar, handwriting, and reading comprehension are included.
3. How many days per week should we do school lessons?
Each unit is based on a five-day school week, with four days of planned activities and one open day for activities of your choice. The school year should be completed in 36 weeks, and total 180 days.
4. Do I need a second workbook if I have two children I am teaching?
Yes, each child will need his own workbook. It provides the practice activities for the daily lessons, as well as patterns for crafts and enrichment activities. The workbook also provides documentation of the skills your child has learned during the school year.
5. Is the Reading Complete curriculum included in the Kindergarten Complete and First Grade Complete curricula?
Yes, the reading curriculum is included in the all-inclusive curricula.
6. What if I can’t find the suggested literature books at my library?
Sometimes a library system doesn’t carry the specific books that are suggested within the curricula, but you can substitute books that relate to the subject. If the suggested books have comprehension activities within the lessons, just adjust the questions to fit the book that you do have.
Another suggestion is to look on YouTube for videos of people reading the books aloud. If you can’t find the physical book, at least you could “watch” the book online.
It is helpful to look online prior to teaching a unit to see if your library carries the books and to put them on hold so that they arrive in time for your next unit. Many times libraries have loan agreements with other library systems and can get the books for you if your local library doesn’t carry them.
* NOTE: Each unit within the curricula has enough content written in the teacher’s manual and the student workbook pages to teach the unit without a book if you do not have access to the literature.
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