All families who home-educate in Australia are required to register. However, not all do. I wonder if that’s because the registration process is hard and requires a familiarity with eduspeak that most parents don’t have. For example, the Education Queensland process for registration contains a number of examples of eduspeak:
- procedural requirements (the bits of paper the Department needs to register homeschoolers).
- The development of term-by-term frameworks (basically a plan of what you’ll do that roughtly follows the schools’ term dates)
- Learning needs (what are the interests of the child? How will you incorporate those? Does the child have any learning needs? How will they be addressed?).
- Learning stimulus (any resources you’ll use, including those in the real world. For example, travel to places, museums, shops, events).
- Activities and concepts (What activities will you do in the places you go and how will they address specific concepts?).
- Focus on assessment (because all education deparments need to measure. It’s a government thing.).
I could go on, but you get the idea. I think the easiest plan would be to develop a table. In that table, I’d list out the national curriculum areas, so my particular focus would be on the four areas that are listed on the F-10 curriculum page, English, Maths, Science, History. Then, I’d try to incorporate some learning that covered some of the cross-curricular priorities (ATSI studies, Asia, Sustainability) while demonstrating a focus on the general capabilities I was able to develop through my planning. If I was unable to hit all the cross-curricular priorities, I wouldn’t worry too much, but I’d try to make sure I made it look like I was doing that at some point throughout the year.
It’d be a time consuming process to complete but, once I had it all in place, it’d be easy to just delete the content and start again. I’ve attached a sample unit that I would use to get started.