We get this question often because families all around the world are using our materials. We’ve had recent inquiries on this topic from Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Singapore, Mali, Ecuador, and Brazil. We have students from over 40 countries currently enrolled in our accredited distance learning school, and many more who are using our curriculum independently.
International families wonder about adapting the curriculum based on their country’s history, culture, and climate. In the early grades it is very easy to adapt the curriculum as needed to suit your unique living environment and life situation, and our teachers are used to working with families to craft a meaningful education for our enrolled students. For instance, lessons in the early grades that mention the seasons can be modified to incorporate the local weather and climate. Science lessons focus on observation skills, which can be practiced at any time of year in any locale. Supplementing our materials with language lessons, a traditional art or craft, or any other cultural enrichment is encouraged.
In the upper grades of our K-8 curriculum, the two most U.S.-centric courses are social studies in 5th grade (U.S. History) and the civics in 8th grade, but it is not that hard to adapt them to your country when using our materials independently. For example, a lesson about U.S. colonial history can be modified to focus on your country’s early history (or when it first became settled by non-indigenous people). A lesson on the U.S. Constitution can be replaced with one in which students research and report on the founding governing documents of their country.
You’ll find you can usually use the lesson framework and make modifications as needed. It may take some time to locate resource materials specific to your country for your child to use but you might be able to get good ideas from your local school district, teachers, department of education, or other homeschoolers.
Enrolled students, however, must follow the curriculum or arrange adaptations individually with their teacher. Families can substitute assignments in the older grades, but not lesson material. For instance, all 8th graders will learn about the U.S. Articles of Confederation, but when asked to do research, they can learn more about their own country’s historical documents.
If your country uses the metric system, the math curriculum only needs adaptations when working with weights and measures, or when working word problems that use weights and measures. Families can easily change these problems from feet or inches to centimeters, from yards to meters, etc. This would require, again, some work on your part, in either recopying the problems or in just making changes in the text. Most of the math work is solely numeric (with no unit measurements) and will not need modifications.
New in 2016! Digital delivery of PreK to grade 8 curricula now available!
The digital curriculum is a replication of our high quality print product. This option was developed in response to feedback from families who travel or live remotely, or for whom high shipping costs and long delivery times discourage purchase of print materials. Read more.