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Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School


Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School

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Publisher: Random House

Author: Rebecca Rupp

List Price: Softcover: $14.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Beverly Krueger

This book came out in 2000, and Iím astonished the Eclectic Homeschool Online has not reviewed it until now. Thatís probably my fault as editor in chief, because my quick glance at it at the bookstore years ago left me with the impression that the book was an updated version of Rebecca Ruppís previous resource book. Well, it is and it isnít. Yes, it has lots of resources listed in it, but not nearly as many as her first book. And more importantly, as the subtitle states, this book contains a framework for creating your own curriculum from preschool through high school that her previous book did not. Note, this doesnít mean that youíll create everything your child studies. No, Rupp points you to some resources that will handle the math or the geography. Resources that, despite the date of this book, are still mostly available to homeschoolers. Your options today for filling in the specifics are even greater. The thing that makes this book useful now and for more years to come, is the way she lays out what is essentially a scope and sequence for what children should be learning when.

For preschool, she recommends that you avoid getting schoolish, so this section is fairly short. In the sections for the grades K-8th, she offers guidance for language arts, mathematics, history and geography, science, foreign language, art, music, and health and physical education. She encourages a hands-on learning approach, but has plenty of recommended books as well as math texts. She offers options for studying American and world history as well as geography with each grade. For high school, she provides a sample four-year program and then offers advice for the same subjects used for the younger grades but focused on the specific math, history, or science commonly taught in those grades. Thus, chemistry is addressed in grade eleven and physics in grade twelve.

At 414 pages, this book is not going to help you write curriculum for your children. But it will help you design the curriculum you use with your children. Essentially that means all the resources, books or otherwise, that you plan to pull together to help your child learn at home. If youíre concerned about whether your eclectic approach is covering all the bases or you want help in creating your own eclectic curriculum, Home Learning Year by Year will more than meet your needs.

Editorís Note: A Kindle edition of this book is now available.
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Beverly Krueger
Beverly Krueger is Editor in Chief of the Eclectic Homeschool Online and a homeschool conference speaker. Her publishing company, EEG Publishing, also publishes a number of helpful websites including,,,,,,, and The Krueger family also participate in the ministry of Mission of Joy, a Christian mission to the people of India.
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