The Non-Core Subjects: How to Add Them In

Once you’re comfortably completing your core subjects, you can begin to add in non-core subjects.

Once you’re comfortably completing your core subjects, you can begin to add in non-core subjects. Just keep the following in mind…

  • It’s very easy to overschedule students, particularly high-achieving ones. It’s better to feel slightly under-committed than slightly over-committed.
  • Add in one new subject at a time. Get your new weekly routine running smoothly before adding the next.
  • If a non-core subject is boring or frustrating your student, switch programs or approaches. If that doesn’t help, drop the subject and try something else.
  • You will probably never feel like you’re doing quite enough. Don’t give in to guilt or fear by cramming your student’s days with too much work. Kids need time to be bored, to sit and stare at the sky, and to pursue their own non-programmed activities.
  • The older the student is, the more say she should have in which non-core subjects are pursued.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Susan Wise Bauer

Susan Wise Bauer is an educator, writer, and historian. She is the co-author of The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (now in its fourth edition), and the author of (among others) The Well- Educated Mind, The Story of Western Science, the Story of the World series, the History of the World series, the elementary series Writing With Ease, and the pre-rhetoric series Writing With Skill. Susan was home educated through high school and has taught all four of her children at home. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English language and literature, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she taught writing and literature for over fifteen years.

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