We all know I'm slight neurotic when it comes to organization and checklists. While my kids respond better to a largely unstructured child-led learning style, my type A mind needs some kind of organization and plan. One of the most common questions I get as a child-led homeschooler is, "how do you know they are learning enough or aren't falling behind?" This is a super complicated question for me to answer. First, I believe if we live in an environment that encourages and nurtures the desire to learn, then Not learning becomes impossible, because kids love to learn. Next, as an unstructured schooler, I don't see the need for pre-conceived boxes. Things like saying, "no, no, you can't learn that until you've learned this!" Instead it's, "ok, to learn that let's learn this as well". So trying to follow grade/age specific activities wouLd be impossible. If my child wanted to learn to disassemble and rebuild a motor, he can go right ahead (and has, btw). So there is no 'falling behind' just as there is no saying my eldest is in such-n-such a grade. But, I grew up in the PS system, where every learning activity was planned to fit into a specific box. So it's difficult for me to let go of the indoctrination. In order to satisfy the craving, and to sooth my anal mind, I've developed the child-led double check.
I've printed several scope and sequences for Every Grade - pre-k-12th. I've placed them all in a 3-ring binder, organized by grade. Whenever my kids learn a new concept, I find that concept - no matter how many times it may appear, and no matter what grade level it might be listed under. Then I use my trusty highlighter to indicate my kids have shown an understanding, if not mastery, of the concept. And voila, I have some tangible way of showing their progression, even though it is most likely out of that pre-determined sequence.
Here are a few of the scope & sequences I've used: