What Is a Literature-Based Homeschool Curriculum? DoNotPay Has the Facts!

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Literature-Based Homeschool Curriculum Facts and Advice From DoNotPay

When you are deciding whether to homeschool your child, one of your most important considerations will be around the curriculum you want to teach.

Homeschooling is growing in popularity, and the range of curriculums on offer can be baffling—not to mention the choice of teaching approaches, methodologies, and philosophies that are available to homeschool your child.

A literature-based homeschool curriculum is one approach that may work for you—DoNotPay has all the info you need to decide whether it is the right choice for your child!

What Are the Rules Around Your Choice of Curriculum?

Each state sets its own rules on which subjects must be taught to which grades.

Within the state framework, though, there are varying degrees of leeway in:

  • What topics you should cover
  • How much time you should devote to each subject
  • What methods you should use

The leveling factor in each state is usually the fact that your child may have to:

  • Demonstrate progress every year
  • Take standard tests to obtain qualifications or diplomas

The laws by state are as follows:

North CarolinaPennsylvaniaMaryland
New JerseyTennesseeNew York State
Washington StateMissouriColorado
UtahSouth CarolinaMassachusetts
LouisianaIowaWest Virginia
New MexicoMississippiHawaii
NebraskaNew HampshireMaine
DelawareMontanaRhode Island
AlaskaSouth DakotaWyoming
North DakotaDistrict of ColumbiaVermont

The way you teach is considerably more open to your—and your child’s—personal preference.

Popular teaching approaches include:

  1. Traditional
  2. Active
  3. Project-based learning


A traditional curriculum involves a high proportion of desk work and is a good choice for parents who work from home.


Active learning combines traditional teaching methods with frequent visits to museums, parks, historical sites, and places where classroom learning can be seen in action in the real world.

Project-Based Learning

This is a more holistic approach and marries numerous subjects through projects—as an example, a study of a work of literature can cover history, sociology, geography, economics, psychology, and the language aspects of the text itself.

Literature-based homeschool curriculums use elements of all three teaching approaches to educating a child holistically.

What Is a Literature-Based Curriculum?

A homeschool literature curriculum uses books and stories as the springboard for learning.

It is designed to excite a child’s imagination and create an emotional bond to the subjects being taught.

Literature-based learning uses stories—from various sources, including the classics—to foster inquisitiveness and engagement with the subject the stories introduce.

Advocates of literature-based learning say that a child can learn all the core disciplines through the use of stories.

Homeschooled students who have experienced the literature-based approach are often strong in areas like:

  • Critical thinking
  • Finding overarching connections between subjects
  • Insight and perception

Most importantly, literature homeschool curriculums aim to develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

How Can You Choose Your Curriculum?

Regardless of which approach you want to use as a homeschool teacher or parent, you have two choices for building your curriculum within the framework of your state legislation:

Curriculum OptionsExplanation
Develop your own curriculumIf you feel comfortable with your subject knowledge and teaching abilities, you can develop a bespoke curriculum for your child. This gives you the advantages of:
  • Flexible teaching hours
  • Great variation in teaching methods
  • More room to factor in your child’s learning preferences

If you can’t teach or plan all the subjects yourself, you can always get help from someone else

Buy a pre-designed curriculumPre-packaged curriculums cover all the subject requirements with tried and tested material. You can choose curriculums based on various teaching methods, and your voice should be based on:
  • Your child’s age
  • The teaching approach your child prefers
  • Your budget

What Specialized Curriculums Are Available?

If you need a curriculum to teach in special circumstances, DoNotPay has information on:

High school curriculumSpecial needs curriculumAutism curriculum
African American curriculumKindergarten curriculumElementary curriculum
Kinesthetic learner curriculumNature-based curriculumSign language curriculum
Secular curriculumChristian CurriculumCommon core curriculum
Bible curriculumGifted learner curriculumMontessori curriculum
Charlotte Mason curriculumPreschool curriculumCatholic curriculum

How Do You Get Started With Homeschooling?

Whichever curriculum choice you make, you will need to follow the correct steps and fulfill all the requirements to start homeschooling your child to:

  • Maximize the success of your teaching
  • Avoid falling foul of your school district

Before you take your child out of school, you should check your local legislation.

Depending on which state you live in, you may only be able to start homeschooling at certain times in the year, and in most states, you will have to let the school authorities know that you intend to start homeschooling.

DoNotPay can handle the last point for you—we can in a few clicks!

DoNotPay Writes the Book on Help With Homeschooling!

DoNotPay wants your homeschooling journey to be exciting and fruitful, not fraught with the administrative hassle!

Our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product takes one of the major headaches away and makes sure your school district is informed of your plans.

You will get a letter of intent that contains all the required information in the correct format, and you can choose to have it sent automatically or print it out and deliver it yourself.

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Here’s how to get your letter prepared:

  1. in your web browser
  2. Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
  3. Answer a few questions to give us your required details

Your letter will be ready in a few seconds, and your homeschooling adventure can begin!

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