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A little tip for Ohio homeschoolers

The Ohio Homeschool Regulations are pretty easy to be compliant with; however, I always ran into a little trouble with the #6 in the list of required documents.

(6) Brief outline of the intended curriculum for the current year. Such outline is for informational purposes only

I wasn't sure what a "brief"outline was exactly? Wouldn't my list of books and resources pretty much suffice as an outline of what I hoped to cover? No. Because when I sent I sent in just the book list with the forms, I got a letter back that they needed an outline. For years then, I took every textbook with me down to Kinkos and copied all of the tables of content. It was a lot of work, a lot of money and a lot of paper! Plus, I'm pretty sure they never even looked at them as I totally forgot to put Calvin's math book contents in with the packet one year and no one ever questioned it!

So a few years ago I tried putting the list on line on one of my blogs with links to each book. In my cover letter I mentioned that this was to be my "brief outline." That's the year I learned they don't read the cover letters either. I got a form letter in the mail a few days later asking for my outline.

What to do? I wanted something I wasn't going to slave over, something that wouldn't require LOTS of copying and would satisfy the regulations. That's when I found this site: Curriculum Standards | Typical Course Study | Learning Standards by the folks at the World Book Encyclopedia!

They have all of the grades through 12th grade and they are easily copied and pasted into a word document where they can be easily adjusted and changed to meet your needs. They also met the requirement of a "brief outline" for my school district! If you're a newbie in Ohio, or if your state requires an outline, maybe this will work for you too.



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  1. Hello I'm preparing my letter. The link does not work to the World Book Encyclopedia. Any help will be appreciated

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