The Benefits of The Checklist. The Checklist will help you:

  • identify your child's reading, writing, and math skills (assessment)
  • discover any “holes” in your child's learning (assessment)
  • plan what your child needs to cover each year (scheduling, lesson-planning, scope and sequence),
  • keep track of what your child has covered each year (recordkeeping)

The Checklist by Cindy Downes is an assessment tool, a lesson-planning guide, and a K-12th grade record keeper, all in one!

Are your children spending too much time "filling in the blanks" or doing mindless busy work in order to finish the whole textbook by the end of the year? Would you like to save money by spending less on textbooks so you can spend more on "real" books, lab equipment, and those other extras you could never afford? Are you using a mix and match curriculum or other nontraditional teaching method and worry that your children might be missing something important? Would you like more time to spend on teaching your children the specific skills and character traits needed for them to fulfill God's call on their lives?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you're a candidate for using The Checklist. By using The Checklist, in conjunction with your particular state laws, you will not only have a record showing that your children have covered what is necessary to fulfill requirements but, more importantly, they will have learned the skills needed to fulfill God's call on their lives. And you'll save money at the same time!

The Checklist is an ideal companion for:

  • mix & match curriculums

  • unit studies

  • Charlotte Mason homeschoolers

  • unschoolers

  • Montessori homeschoolers

  • eclectic homechoolers

The Checklist contains 194 pages and includes:

  • step-by-step directions

  • a checklist (scope and sequence) of topics that students study from K - 12th grade. Unlike other scope and sequences, The Checklist is not organized by grade level. Instead, the topics are listed sequentially or by subject matter so that you can teach the subjects you want, when you want. For example, the history topics are listed by time period from creation through modern times; the math topics are listed by skill development; and the science topics are listed within subtopics such as oceanography, astronomy and meteorology.

  • lists of major events, important people, important places, discoveries and accomplishments, and/or terms to know for each history topic.

  • lists of important people related to each topic along with their country of birth, date of birth and death, and a brief description of their contribution.

  • lists of explorers of the world, countries of the world, U.S. symbols, U.S. States and capitols with their abbreviations and the dates they entered the Union.

  • lists of well-known authors, artists, musicians, and missionaries

  • recommended books for primary and secondary students (both American and world literature)

  • lists of reading, math skills, writing skills, grammar skills, art skills, and MUCH MUCH MORE!

There is no need to purchase more than one copy.

There is room on The Checklist to keep records for two or three children. Purchaser is granted permission to make copies of The Checklist for additional children, if needed. (This permission is restricted to purchaser's immediate family.)

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