Skills and Topics List by Grade


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Confused about what to teach your kids?

Here’s your roadmap to your child’s education. Inside find a list of skills and topics based on appropriate child development and a variety of typical studies from a variety of curriculum publishers.

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Confused about what to teach your kids?

Every curriculum has a “scope and sequence” that tells you what skills and topics are being taught when. But what if no single curriculum has exactly what suits you?

If you’re like me, you’ve got a family that doesn’t fit into any box. A one-size-fits-all curriculum never suited me or my children. So their charts and checklists didn’t fit either! I had to create my own.

What you get in this package is a grade by grade list of skills and topics. I researched appropriate child development, and sampled many different scopes and sequences from a variety of publishers. I distilled these topics and skills into what I felt was a systematic approach to education. Choose just the grade you need, or get all 13 grades (PreK to Grade 12) in one full package.


In the early elementary grades, the focus is on the foundational skills to learning. We go back to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Social skills, life skills and the fundamental practices that make good scientists and historians are fostered using age appropriate interests and topics.

In the older grades, the focus is on information. We build on the foundation laid to develop reasoning, communication and critical thinking skills. The goal is to teach children how to learn, while giving them the information background they need to function in today’s society.

What you find inside

What you won’t get here is how to teach these skills or topics. You are free to find the curriculum, books, experiences or teachers for each skill or topic as suits your child best. You are not locked into any particular method of teaching!

Each year or grade builds on the one before. This means that you can easily scan previous year lists and check for skills that your child has. Then you’ll be able to place your child in the appropriate level for his skill ability, regardless of what his age or school-equivalent grade is.

Customization guide

Using a scope and sequence such as this means that you can take advantage of the beautiful flexibility that homeschooling offers. It’s easy to figure out where there may be gaps in your child’s education. And it’s just as easy to challenge them where they are more advanced.  When you have a coherent checklist, there’s no “behind” or “ahead”, there’s just the next step on the path.

This is your map to your child’s education.


PreK, K4, K5, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, ALL


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