Written specifically for Christian homeschoolers by Cindy Downes, The Checklist is a comprehensive list of topics typically covered in K-12, organized by subject. It’s a useful tool for both planning and documenting topics covered, especially for homeschoolers not using a prepackaged all-in-one curriculum. I can’t imagine homeschooling without it.
The author is the creator of the Oklahoma Homeschool website, a valuable resource all on its own. Mrs. Downes is a veteran homeschool educator, seminar speaker, author, support group leader and consultant.
The Checklist divides each area of study (ex. Written Communication and Grammar) into subjects (ex. Sentence Construction). Each subject contains multiple topics (ex. Subject, Predicate, Simple, Exclamatory, Interrogative, etc.). Next to each topic are two columns: elementary & junior/senior high. The childs initials written in either column signifies when the material was covered. The breakdown into topics is very well-organized, making it easy to find specific topics, including topics that tie-in to another area. In the event that a topic covered is not included, there are blank lines under the various subjects to add any topics not listed. More than 100 sample pages are available on the website.
The Checklist is available either in book form, or as a PDF. The author grants permission for reproduction for personal use allowing a separate copy for each child if desired. As of this writing the PDF is available for $9.99, the book for $45.99, and both for $55.98.