And we’re back to kick off another fall season!
Today we are going to discuss two kinds of curriculum: scripted and non-scripted. There seems to be a misunderstanding out there – there’s an idea that an unscripted curriculum is not a curriculum.
As a long-time user of AmblesideOnline, which is a rich curriculum, but about as unscripted as one can get, Brandy just doesn’t get it. Join us as we talk about the role of curricula in our homeschools.
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What is a scripted curriculum?
A curriculum is not necessarily a script, telling you exactly what to do. Instead, a curriculum is a path to take. It might be more or less laid out or prepared for us, but it’s just a plan. It’s not even a scope and sequence.
Can we even answer the question people ask, “What curriculum do you use?” What kind of answer do people even expect? How do we answer that question? Most homeschoolers do not use a single curriculum.
Also, most people don’t use curriculum exactly as laid out and directed. That’s ok!
Although it’s a basic question homeschoolers are asked, it’s not one people ask school parents. Do school parents ask this question of the schools they choose? How important is the curriculum chosen?
A curriculum is just a course of study, not methods or schedules or any other technique is specified when specifying a curriculum.
Scripted curriculum can be a crutch
Crutches help you recovery from an injury. They are necessary under certain circumstances, but it’d be weird to use them if you had healthy, strong legs. When a crutch is used permanently, rather than as a temporary therapy, it is not a crutch, it is a tool.