Year 10 Homeschool CurriculumOur Year 10 homeschool curriculum is a literature rich, family friendly homeschool program.
Year 11 in the New Zealand Curriculum
Semester Two Release Date: May 2022
Year 10 Homeschool Curriculum Was Hard
(Note: This is Year 11 in the New Zealand Curriculum)
When my children began homeschooling in Year 10, I knew a bit about the subjects they needed to learn but not enough. There were so many specific topics I was meant to cover in the Australian Curriculum that I felt quite lost.
Making sure university was an option in the future also played on my mind. I wanted more guidance but I didn’t know where to look.
There were no Year 10 homeschool curriculum options written specifically for Australian homeschoolers. I could find textbooks but these were for a school setting with teachers who understood the topic, so they were not homeschool friendly. The cold and impersonal online sites which promised a tick the box curriculum lacked accountability, depth and rigour.
The Charlotte Mason book list curriculums were of little help because their suggestions were often outdated, out of print or absent from the Australian Curriculum. They also didn’t really help me understand topics so that I could then help my child. Telling my child to just read a book and write a response wasn’t challenging enough.
I also wanted to make sure my children were becoming university ready. This meant I needed to help them write in different genres, learn how to analyse literature and give them specific science and geography skills.
I wasted hundreds of dollars buying Year 10 homeschool curriculum resources only to use parts or none. I spent hours and hours researching. I did work it all out but it took days and days. And then I needed to show how my plan met my state’s registration requirements. It was a hassle.
Unfortunately, knowing how to plan a challenging Year 10 homeschool curriculum that follows registration requirements is a problem for most Australian homeschoolers.
As the high school studies become harder and the registration criteria begins to tighten in each state, many people give up their educational philosophy and go back to worksheets, textbooks and online tick the box products, some go unregistered and hope they won’t get caught, some send their kids back to school and some just lie about what they teach in order to pass registration.
None of these are good options!
But I’ve found a solution.
Meet Jo Lloyd
Jo, our chief curriculum writer, has been homeschooling for more than ten years. Like me, she saw the lack of adequate homeschool material to teach Year 10.
With qualifications in law, history, geography, English literature and cultural heritage, she understood what needed to be taught in Year 10. She also loved the Charlotte Mason classical approach to home education. Her experience teaching at university for twelve years, including online, meant that she knew how to give students and parents the scaffolding they needed for remote learning.
After many requests from our My Homeschool community, she took up the challenge of creating a Year 10 program. In 2022, we will release our exclusive My Homeschool Year 10 Curriculum.
Story by Michelle Morrow (Founder of My Homeschool)
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Our homeschool curriculum is written to comply with the Australian curriculum. And we make registration easy because we’ve already done 75% of the documentation you need for your application.
We Care About What Your Children Are Taught
We aim to give you confidence that you can educate your children with a worldview that honours Judeo-Christian principles and has strong academic outcomes. However, our resources are not predominantly Christian. We look for outstanding resources and often a secular resource is the best option.
We have a number of families who use our curriculum who are secular or from other faiths.
We do not include devotional material or specific religious instruction in our curriculum. We leave that up to parents.
We Wanted A Curriculum That Worked For Home Educators
Our curriculum writers have already done the juggle of homeschooling a few children at once.
- We knew how lovely and important it is to learn as a family so we made some lessons and read alouds possible to teach as a group.
- We reduced the time needed for formal academics by crafting our curriculum so our resources and books often teach multiple topics.
- We made each grade fit each state’s syllabus so you can get registered easily.
- We gave you a streamlined intentional curriculum so you could give your children a wholesome integrated education from kindergarten to high school.
- We made sure it was academically challenging so your children will have career options, and a pathway to university if needed.
- We put it all in one place so you weren’t hunting around looking for resources every time you wanted to begin lessons.
- We made it easy to access your lessons and planner when you were out and about or travelling just by picking up your smartphone.
We Use A Blended Learning Approach
My Homeschool lessons are provided in a blended learning format.
All our virtual homeschool uses the Moodle LMS software, a renowned online learning platform used by many schools and universities. Using this format means we give you exceptional functionality which enables you to record your progress, and access your lessons from various digital devices and locations. This format also enables us to keep our resources fresh and dynamic.
A laptop, tablet, or desktop computer is needed to use our courses. Access to a printer is also necessary.
PDFs can be downloaded and printed for offline reading but other resources can only be viewed from our learning platform.
The majority of our classes require reading from a real book or paper-based resource.
Writing exercises involve pencils and paper and many lessons are oral or conversation based.
Video lessons require access to the My Homeschool learning portal.
The Moodle App can be downloaded onto your smartphone for on the go lessons and checking progress but is not recommended as the main digital device for reading and viewing lessons.
High School Course Semesters Explained
NZ Curriculum Grades: New Zealand students need to drop a grade when using Australian Curriculum. Our Kindergarten is equivalent to Year 1 in New Zealand. Our final year is the Australian school system is Year 12, in New Zealand it is Year 13. It is still the same amount of years we just start from a different point.
We have divided our high school courses into two separate semesters:
- Semester One includes Term One and Two | Price $440 Australian Dollars
- Semester Two includes Term Three and Four | Price $440 Australian Dollars
Continued Membership Rewards
You will continue to have access to your purchased courses, and all the benefits of being a My Homeschool member, as long as you keep your membership current. This means you can use the same graded course again for subsequent children. Inactive members are deleted after 12 months.
My experience of the My Homeschool Year 9 course has been wonderful. The broad range of literature and the resources that Michelle, Jo and the My Homeschool team offer is exceptional. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the course. Her love of History has been definitely well watered.
I am so grateful for this learning experience with my daughter, it is such a wonderful gift for both of us.
Thanks Michelle, Jo and all of the My Homeschool Team
Our family has been home educating for almost 10 years. We have used resources that Michelle previously offered through Homeschooling Downunder since the beginning of our home education journey so we were keen to sign up when we heard that My Homeschool was offering a Year 9 course.
This was our first year of using a complete curriculum through My Homeschool (we purchased 4 different year levels) and it has lived up to my expectations and been a good fit for our family. We have used a few different curriculums and are excited to find an Australian course that shares our Christian worldview and aligns with the requirements for Australian students.
Year 9 spreads a broad mind feast for the student. The subjects are cleverly integrated and the course is structured and paced in such a way that still allows our son plenty of time to pursue other interests, while at the same time being academically rigorous. The course material is well written in an engaging way and utilises excellent literature and carefully considered web links. This course seems to strike a good balance between traditional methods of education while at the same time embracing online learning. It covers Ancient History and Shakespeare alongside modern literature with internet links to current events and the latest research available. I feel confident our son is learning what he needs to and importantly he is developing a broader worldview and critical thinking skills.
Previously, this Mama keenly felt there were some gaps that needed to be addressed and was spread thin herself. We are thankful that Jo has been willing to share the knowledge gained in her studies and her professional expertise in education combined with the lived experience of being a home educating Mama with the homeschooling community. This course has been a blessing for our family particularly as the level of academic study increases. It means we can continue to home educate through high school with confidence.
- Course Details & Subject Guide
- Civics and Governance
- Science & Nature Study
- Health & PE
- Assessment & Exams
- Teaching Support
- Additional Books & Cost
The My Homeschool Year 10 homeschool curriculum encourages your child to make the transition from teacher dependent work to more independent learning. You, as your child’s educator, will still be involved with your child’s studies but you will mostly be giving direction and feedback for completed work. Some reading aloud is required but your children should be reading most of their material on their own.
Our literature based approach includes many living books, a key concept of the Charlotte Mason method. Living books have something special about them: they flow, they capture the imagination, and they tell us the facts while they give us the story. A living book is written by a passionate author who communicates this passion to the reader in a literary language.
As Charlotte Mason penned:
“A book may be long or short, old or new, easy or hard, written by a great man or a lesser man, and yet be the living book which finds its way to the mind of a young reader.”
Poetry, Shakespeare and studying Classic novels are just some of the components of our English program in our Year 10 homeschool curriculum. Your teenager will read and study a novel each term, chosen from a range of genres, and a Novel Study Guide is provided to help guide them along.
Literacy, Language and Literature are highlighted within the My Homeschool Year 10 course, supporting your child to be confident to a high level of reading, listening, writing, viewing, creating, and speaking across a range of text types and features both classic books and contemporary sources.
Skills in English is one key English component in Year 10. Written exclusively for My Homeschool and designed for the homeschool high school setting, in Semester 1 students focus on Skills in English: Rhetoric and Opinion and examine a range of speeches, excerpts from classic texts from both Australian and international authors, and hone-in on the craft of rhetoric and how to cleverly present an opinion. This will not only teach your teenager important skills and techniques, but also instil confidence in their approach to interpreting and writing more complex texts. These skills are continued in Semester Two with Skills in English: Expression and Voice where again your teen will read and analyse from a range of authors and they will learn new skill in reviewing and editing their work, determining how to find their voice, and give polish to their pieces.
Classic Novels: My Homeschool uses living books in many subjects and of course English is no exception! Each term in Year 10 a novel is studied and a Novel Study Guide provided to help them become a close reader and appreciate references and author’s techniques they have may missed. You can look forward to classics and more contemporary authors. In addition our Novel Study Guides classic read alouds are scheduled into your Weekly Planner so no more worrying about when you will fit those in. Each of these are carefully selected to reflect themes addressed in the course and will offer great enjoyment to the whole family.
Poetry and Shakespeare: Year 10 students will learn about more contemporary poets in Profiling Modern Poets, featuring a number of well-loved American and Australian poets. Learning about their lives and their art, your teen will also learn skills of reading and interpreting poetry with the range of resources provided for them. Don’t allow your teen to draw back from enjoying poetry!
Alongside the enjoyment of poetry is the enjoyment of Shakespeare. Throughout the My Homeschool High School courses students read and study Shakespeare’s plays, but in Semester 1 we take a slight pause, examining his life, Shakespearean England and offer a broad view of his collection of works. A Little Bit of Shakespeare is the resource that explains his plays and his influence and isn’t to be missed.
Please Note: Profiling Modern Poets and A Little Bit of Shakespeare is provided in Semester 1 (18 weeks) while A Shakespeare Study Guide: Hamlet and Two Others is included in Semester 2 (18 weeks).
Here at My Homeschool we appreciate that maths can be a struggle for some families, particularly as some teenagers are heading into complex work and topics that parents can barely remember learning at high school, let alone be able to teach themselves. We’ve taken the stress and worry out of high level mathematics, offering you a curated list of maths programs suitable to use as a Year 10 Homeschool Math curriculum. We guide you to choose the best program for your family. In addition to these suggestions, we also provide a list of Living Books for mathematics because we appreciate they are so often forgotten from those coveted booklists.
My Homeschool members also have access to our 50% discount on Maths Online membership. This can save you $150 per year for a family membership and a discount code is provided with the purchase of each Year Ten course.
Reflecting the standard of the Australian Curriculum for students of this level, Year 10 homeschool curriculum for History features the modern era and includes a range of in-depth studies on world history, seeing history and current affairs meet.
In Semester 1, students will learn about World War II in greater detail through A Window into World War II, examining the key events of the war, but also going deeper by examining the efforts certain individuals made, the wartime experience for those left at home, and the more personal stories of those who suffered. With some wonderful living books to read, this will guide your teen to understand the atrocities and how they shaped people. Following from this, we don’t simply stop at the end of World War II like so many resources do. Rather, we draw the thread from a post-war world to examine Migrants and Identity in our Global World examining the consequences and repercussions of those displaced people.
Please Note: A Window into World War II and Migrants and Identity in our Global World are included in Semester 1 (18 weeks).
Within Semester 2, students consider the east in The Making of Modern Asia, as they consider the shift from British colonial times to the rise of powerful nations in this region. This offers an historical context to many of the current affairs of the day and so will help your child to better understand complex contemporary geopolitical issues. To finish their in-depth modern history studies, your teenager will complete Making History Today. Like all our resources, this features a great selection of books that will guide, inform, and equip your teenager and expand their view of what they thought History was as they discern it being made.
Please Note: The Making of Modern Asia and Making History Today are included in Semester 2 (18 weeks).
Many homeschoolers know how important Geography was to Charlotte Mason but get stuck using dated or dull books and resources that do not go far in reflecting how dynamic and intriguing modern geography is. Too often Geography seems dry and full of tedious mapping exercises, yet it doesn’t need to be. At My Homeschool, a love for adventure and a desire to better understand our world to raise global citizens is at the core of our Geography programs and Year 10 homeschool curriculum resources are no exception.
Prepared exclusively for My Homeschool by a geographer and designed for the homeschool high school setting, your teenager will explore the complex issues of global inequality and environmental management. As with all our subjects, this is taught through the inclusion of well-chosen Living Book titles but also through a range of carefully chosen online resources that ensure your teenager is being taught Geography in line with good-practice standards. Remember, Charlotte Mason herself embraced the opportunity to include new release titles and contemporary issues and here at My Homeschool we do too.
During Semester 1 your teenager will travel through India and parts of Africa through living books as they consider the issues of inequality and human wellbeing between many nations. Caring for All: The Geography of Global Wellbeing delves into the complexities of mapping wellbeing, the indicators used to compare the health of the nation’s peoples and the causes and barriers to improving human wellbeing in some places. Malnourishment, illiteracy, life expectancy, child exploitation, access to sanitation and shelter are challenging issues for our modern time and teaching our teenagers about them equips them to be able to identify how they may be able to help others on a global scale.
Managing Environmental Change in Semester 2 shifts away from the social and cultural geography focus of Semester 1 to an emphasis on physical geography. With a focus on practical geography skills, fieldwork options and contemporary case studies, this is sure to give your teenager a different perspective on what Geography can look like and the work geographers can be involved in.
Please Note: Caring for All: The Geography of Global Wellbeing is included in Semester 1 (18 weeks) and Managing Environmental Change is included in Semester 2 of our Year 10 program.
We know that so many teenagers are interested in current affairs and keen to know how nations and regions are ruled and run, yet there seem to be so few resources that are designed to teach a high schooler in an informative yet engaging way. Frustrated by the lack of options available, My Homeschool is pleased to offer families a better alternative, guiding your teenager to examine issues of civics and governance from a historical perspective through to current affairs of the day.
In Semester 1 (18 weeks) students cover Eternal Vigilance: The Value of Freedom and learn the foundational principles of democracy and the struggles of individuals and groups to have their rights and freedoms recognised. Highlighting issues and individuals in America, Australia, Singapore, South Africa and North Korea, this resource will bring the issues of recognising Indigenous rights, the Civil Rights Movement, the fight against Apartheid, the struggle for freedoms and also clearly explain terms that your teen will want (and need!) to know. It also teaches them about the role of the United Nations and the rise of Human Rights post World War II, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s involvement in this. During Semester 2 the focus remains on the international stage, but it highlights the hallmarks of democracy and what this represents for citizens and includes an opportunity for your student to prepare a research project on these key issues that they will so often see within the current affairs of the day.
Underlying the perspective on more modern approaches and interpretations of Civics and Governance is the study of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives. Charlotte Mason included this resource in her schedules not to teach students aspects of history, but to allow them to become better acquainted with the characteristics and achievements, both good and bad, of these leaders so students could better identify the qualities and characteristics they admired or rejected. Within Semester 1 your teenager will learn about the life of Pericles and his involvement in the rebuilding of the Parthenon and the Peloponnesian Wars and then in Semester 2 they will consider the Roman statesman and general, Fabius Maximus. Reading about these leaders of ancient times alongside their more contemporaneous studies will give your teenager a long and informed view on Civics and Governance and issues of citizenship.
The contribution of great scientists of the western world and their theories is a theme that is covered throughout our Year 10 homeschool curriculum.
We also cover the simple, but powerful act, of ensuring that yes, your child can identify some of the more common trees around the world. Too often Charlotte Mason educators find that Nature Study for older teens is forgotten or laid aside, but at My Homeschool we embrace this practice and use it as an opportunity to equip your teenager, reflecting the delight and enjoyment nature study can bring to all.
In addition to these two themes, the Science component of My Homeschool reflects the requirements of the rigorous standards of the Australian Curriculum. Within Semester 1 Chemistry and Earth and Space Sciences are studied through the use of a dynamic online platform offering good science resources as well as living books that parents can trust to take their teen through complex topics.
In Semester 2 the focus shifts to Physics and Biology where again your teenager is given a rich feast of carefully selected Living Books and online resources. This includes covering the theory of evolution through natural selection, DNA and human genetics and is taught within a Christian perspective, while definitely not shying away from rigorous science. The resources used for Science and Nature Study in Year Ten have been carefully selected and designed keeping in mind Charlotte Mason’s statement in Parents and Children:
Science herself contains the promise of great impetus to their spiritual life: to perceive these things is to be able to rejoice in all truth.
The team at My Homeschool know full well what it is like to raise teenagers with a keen interest in Science and appreciate that not all parents want to wholeheartedly embrace a long list of items to purchase and turn your home into a science lab, so we are pleased to offer Year 10 student access to The Science Hub. Including a range of resources on science experiments, additional Living Books, and excellent online resources to read and watch, The Science Hub is the place for your budding scientist. In Semester 1 resources relating to Chemistry and Earth and Space Sciences are offered, while in Semester 2 the focus is on Physics and Biology.
While a huge range of Art and Music Appreciation courses are provided to My Homeschool members on the purchase of a course, we are pleased to offer specific resources within our Year 10 homeschool curriculum in addition to these. Deigned for older students and to enhance their learning about the modern era, these resources focus on art, historical objects, music and also architecture. Objects of the Modern Era showcases a range of historical items that will make History really come alive for your child and models the emphasis Charlotte Mason placed on students attending the British Museum on a regular basis.
Please Note: While Objects of the Modern Era is offered for the full Year 10 course, Part 1 is provided in Semester 1 (18 weeks) and Part 2 in Semester 2 (18 weeks).
Music at the Movies is not your regular Music Appreciation course and will encourage your teenager to appreciate the role scores play in developing the drama and mood of a movie, while also showcasing some very talented modern composers that are often left out of Composer Studies. Likewise, too often instrumental pieces are included in Music Appreciation and the music of ballets and operas is forgotten. Teach your teenager many of the most famous stories of operas in Opera Tales and have them learn how they can enjoy the musical artform of the voice too.
Please Note: Music at the Movies is provided in Semester 1 (18 weeks) while Opera Tales is featured in Semester 2 (18 weeks).
Art Appreciation in Year Ten also showcases two aspects of art often forgotten: the art of the built form of architecture and that of sculpture. Equip your child to be able to identify key artists of the three-dimensional form while they also learn about the different materials and inspirations for these pieces. Feel confident to step forward from the Artist Studies your child has enjoyed throughout their years of schooling and extend them into an appreciation of new artforms.
Please Note: The Art of Modern Architecture is provided in Semester 1 (18 weeks) while The Art and Craft of Sculpture is included in Semester 2 (18 weeks).
Your My Homeschool membership also gives you access to our Handicrafts resource which includes a range of practical art and craft ideas with instructional videos.
Throughout the My Homeschool courses this commonsense subject is taught through the activities of daily living and participation in local sports and community events as well as our series of fun kids exercises in our online WOW – Work Out World classes.
In addition, Healthy Conversations checklists are provided for each stage so you can teach your child about respectful relationships and aspects of personal growth in an age-appropriate manner and as you deem appropriate. Our Healthy Conversations Checklist – Years 9 and 10 will prompt you to cover many important topics and issues with your teen in a way that is respectful and empowering to their growth and development.
As an added bonus for Year Ten students, aspects of personal health and development are showcased through our Best Study Habits course. Provided in Semester 2 over 8 weeks, Best Study Habits will guide your teenager to develop some powerful habits that will see them carve out a strong foundation for a bright future. With insights and tips from famous and successful individuals, your teen will be energised to see how they can improve their own personal development. We also encourage you to schedule time for your teenager to complete a first aid certificate too, with our focus on supporting the whole person, not just their intellectual life.
As a part of our Year 10 homeschool curriculum we have already made sure that you are covering the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus compulsory subjects and explore a range of electives subjects. The core curriculum of our Year Nine course includes many subjects only studied as electives at this stage of education, such as geography, commerce and economics, creative arts, civics and governance, and PDHPE (Personal Development, Health and Physical Education). This gives your teenager an excellent foundation to start their chosen electives. However, to complete an elective subject you will need to add some more content to your teenager’s weekly schedule, and we’ve prepared Subject Guides for our Year Ten homschool curriculum to help you do just that.
By Year Ten we understand that many teenagers have a particular area of interest or skill that they would like more time to pursue and excel at. This is one of the marvelous aspects of home education! We really want your homeschool and teenager to thrive; so we have created for you a range of comprehensive Subject Guides to help you create a tailor-made program within the additional areas your teenager is interested in. Your Year Ten course gives you access to Subject Guides in the areas of:
- Science and Nature Study,
- Commerce and Economics,
- Technology and Design,
- Creative Arts,
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- Foreign Languages.
Each of these Subject Guides clearly shows the Australian Curriculum and NESA Syllabus requirements, includes booklists of Living Books and offers project ideas and concepts. You can simply read through and click to order the resources you want. We have spent time to offer you well-curated lists for you so you can choose from the best resources to help your high school homeschool succeed at this level. These are designed to offer your teenager a meaningful opportunity to support the development and mastery of their own skills and potential.
Time is allocated each week for two elective choices to support your teenager well, continuing to reinforce the benefits of the broad feast of a Charlotte Mason inspired home education. We know you will love these Subject Guides and it will make it so easy for you to create a work program that will inspire and challenge your teenager in their areas of interest.
Year 10 Homeschool Exams
We are pleased to come alongside you as you prepare your teenager for future experiences of assessment and examinations in an educational institutional setting by including a Charlotte Mason Style Examinations Booklet in Year 10. Designed to be used at the end of each term, each Semester includes two Examinations Booklets which focus on the core subjects and Art and Music Appreciation resources too. Forget multiple choice tests, stressful exams or time-pressured teens cramming at the last minute, this offers the busy homeschool parent an opportunity to reflect on how positive a good assessment can be and reaffirm to your student how well they have progressed each term. Parents receive guidance on how to assess their teenager’s work as well as the examination questions to provide to their student. Embrace a good assessment and include oral presentations, drawn narrations, and opportunities for written pieces too as your child is encouraged to share and delight in what they have learned and discovered through their learning journey.
We do not do your registration plans for you. Registration applications are meant to be specific for each individual child and so you, as the parent, are the best person to do this. Registration remains your responsibility.
My Homeschool provides you with plenty of support for preparing your registration documentation, including:
- An Education Plan outlining our curriculum for 12 months in the Primary Full Version and 6 months in the Lite version. This is a Microsoft Word document that you can adjust to suit your own needs.
- A comprehensive Scope and Sequence document using Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus codes and outcomes.
- End of Term report templates that are mostly done; you just need to add a few details specific to your child and their progress.
- A week by week planner that you can print off, with plenty of space to make notes specific to your child. This means no need to keep a daily diary!
- An end of year Certificate of Completion (Full Program).
- Our Community Forum where you can have your questions about registration answered by experienced homeschoolers.
- Prompts and reminders to collect work as part of your child’s portfolio to show progress and development.
- Tips on a smooth re-registration process.
The My Homeschool State Rego and Planning course guides you through your state or territory’s application process for homeschool registration when using our courses.
The My Homeschool team includes experienced home educators who provide mentor support and help you deal with issues as they arise. We don’t provide tutoring or specific lesson support on an individual, one-on-one basis.
We are always happy to answer questions about our curriculum and how to implement it and we encourage our members to get involved in the Community Forum.
We have a vibrant online community where you can share stories and help others, purchase books you might need and connect with other My Homeschool families in your area.
You are the teacher and you oversee lessons. We provide homeschool teacher training as well through our self-paced courses How To Homeschool 101 and for our more experienced members the Boost Your Homeschool.
We are continually adding to our collection of resources to help support you in your role as teacher to your children.
A comprehensive list of books used is found in the Year 10 homeschool curriculum Resource List which is provided with the purchase of a course. Some of these books are readily available at your local library some are available online for free. These will cost between $150 – $200 each semester.
You will also need to purchase a math curriculum appropriate to your child’s ability. All My Homeschool members are eligible for a 50% off Math online discount which is around $100 for a single student or $150 for a family price.
To further enhance elective study we give suggestions of other living books but these are not compulsory.
I am a Kiwi. Can I still use your curriculum?
Yes you can! We already have a New Zealanders using our program.
My Homeschool is very much a curriculum that New Zealanders can use. The Australian Curriculum and the NZ Curriculum are different in their organisation, but they are both considered to be of the same rigour.
My Homeschool offers a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum that considers the Australian curriculum but we have a global approach and so include lots of global goodies. For example, you will find world history and geography in all the primary years.
We have a reasonable amount of NZ content in our curriculum.. We include NZ literature, NZ nature study , some NZ civics. We don’t cover a lot of specific NZ history but we do have some when it overlaps with Australia. There isn’t any Māori content. You can source that however from your library.
You’ll find there is a lot of overlap with NZ and Australia and so we certainly have a lot there for you.
On the purchase of a course you are provided with a planning template, Scope and Sequence, and Weekly Planner to help you plan out your year ahead with ease and confidence. We also include Term Reports so you can also give evidence of how you are assessing your child. This will make your homeschool application/exemption very easy as we have already done most of the work for you. We are homeschooling parents who know what all homeschoolers need!
One thing to note is that in New Zealand your Year 1 is our Kindergarten in Australia, so you will need to use the grade below what you would normally use in New Zealand. We still have the same amount of years you just finish at Year 13 and we finish at Year 12. Our My Homeschool Curriculum only goes to Year 11 New Zealand (Year 10 Australia).
Will I be able to teach this program? It sounds quite academic.
It’s natural to feel a little daunted when we think about teaching our children. We don’t want to intimidate you, we are here to support you. We won’t send you a bunch of downloads and send you on your way. We also teach you how to teach. Our guides and homeschool expertise will help you instruct your children. You can also post questions on our forum when you hit a snag. You’ll learn some new things and brush up on old things as you teach your children. It’s a very satisfying experience and many veteran homeschoolers report co-learning as one of the unexpected benefits of homeschooling.
I'd like to know what books you use. Can I see the booklists?
Our booklist are carefully curated and are only available as a part of our program.
My Homeschool uses living books in many subjects. Some are for your child to read alone, and some are to be read aloud by the parent. We also include some online and audio book options. Books allocated for reading aloud provide an opportunity for families to discuss them broadly. Parents are able to offer the scaffolding and support which will help their child navigate the literature which may be challenging for a variety of reasons.
We do use secular books and these do not always line up perfectly with a Christian world view. This also reflects Charlotte Mason’s approach. We have tried our best to make good choices in our literature and we have read what we recommend. We have rejected many books in the process of writing this curriculum. Finding a perfect book is almost impossible but our book selection is thought out and many of our books are recommended by others who follow a Charlotte Mason education.
We’ve also included culturally significant Australian literature which often highlights what was happening in the era it was written. For this reason, some of the literature may well be ‘politically incorrect’ or old fashioned by today’s standards, but at the time of writing it was not. These books offer an opportunity to teach your child about the culture of the times.
Our books were chosen with the Australian Curriculum in mind, however we understand that you may not want to read all the books we have chosen. Feel free to replace them with a title that suits your family’s needs.
We offer alternatives and extension suggestions in our My Homeschool Reading Lounge. This is our exclusive online library catalogue of book list suggestions and alternatives.
Can I just buy individual subjects and resources?
My Homeschool does provide many free homeschool resources.
Our curriculum is a structured program so we do not sell our curriculum separately.
If you are planning on using My Homeschool as your main curriculum, we suggest you consider your approach to mix and matching resources as you may experience overlap or gaps in subsequent years. For this reason, we recommend buying appropriate grades for each child so that you will have a sequential well curated curriculum.
Will this work for teaching multiple children?
Choice has been built into this curriculum to give you the flexibility you need for teaching multiple ages and adapting to the special needs and interests of your child/children. We encourage families to do read-alouds, nature study, handicrafts, art and music appreciation as a group.
Our World History subject from Year 2 to Year 6 encourages parents to read aloud the history content. When teaching a few children in this age group at once we recommend you only teach one history cycle at a time. Since World History is not part of the Australian Curriculum this will not impact your curriculum compliance.
More details on working with multiple children can be found here.
I already have a very busy life? How much time will this involve?
My Homeschool follows the Charlotte Mason practice of shorter lessons so there is time for the student to follow other interests. Approximately three to four days per week is allocated to group study and parent reading aloud in the primary years. In high school we have written a four day schedule with Day 5 free for other planned educational activities.
Your day will usually include consistent lesson time in the mornings, leaving afternoons free for natural learning and play. You can also get some of your jobs done and pursue other interests.