WHEN A STUDENT COMPLETES A COURSE

When students complete a course, move them immediately to the next course in that area of study.  If the student has completed a course that also completes that subject for a Step (such as the last Step 3 History course), they then start the first course in that subject at the next higher Step of study (in this case, Step 4 History 1)

THE SEQUENCE OF COURSES TO BE DONE

COURSES FOR STEP 1, IN THEIR PROPER SEQUENCE

(If you are starting your student with Step 1, you would do the following, if you're using all of STEPS as your curriculum.)

Semester 1

(To be started at the same time)
-Step 1 Study & Life Skills 1 (followed in this semester by Step 1 Study & Life Skills 2)
-Step 1 History 1 (followed in this semester by Step 1 History 2, 3)
-Step 1 Science (followed in this semester by Step 1 Science 2, and possibly 3)
-Step 1 Creative Writing Semester 1
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 2

-Step 1 Study & Life Skills 3 (followed this semester by Step 1 Study & Life Skills 4)
-Step 1 History 4 (or 3,if incomplete, followed this semester by 4, 5 and 6)
-Step 1 Science 3 (if incomplete, followed this semester by Step 1 Science 4, 5)
-Step 1 Creative Writing Semester 2
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 3

-Step 1 Study & Life Skills 5, 6
-Step 1 History 6 (if incomplete), 7, 8, 9.
-Step 1 Science 6, 7
-Step 1 Creative Writing Semester 3
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 4 (final semester for Step 1)

-Step 1 Study & Life Skills 7, 8
-Step 1 History 9 (if incomplete), 10, 11.
-Step 1 Science 7 (if incomplete), 8, 9.
-Step 1 Creative Writing Semester 4
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

You may add elective Creative Writing courses for New Year's and for Halloween, once the student is writing for himself, doing Creative Writing.  At this Step, Math should be optional, so that is your decision.  Basic counting, shapes, reading a clock, basics can certainly be covered.  P.E. MUST be added to each semester, in some form.

COURSES FOR STEP 2, IN THEIR PROPER SEQUENCE

(If you are starting your student with Step 2, or if your student is graduating up from Step 1, you would do the following, if you're using all of STEPS as your curriculum.)

Semester 1

(To be started at the same time)
- Step 2 Study & Life Skills 1 (followed by Step 2 Study & Life Skills 2, 3)
-Step 2 History 1 (followed in this semester by Step 2 History 2, 3)
-Step 2 Science 1 (followed in this semester by Step 2 Science 2)
-Step 2 Creative Writing Semester 1
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 2

-Step 2 Study & Life Skills 3 (followed this semester by Step 2 Study & Life Skills 4)
-Step 2 History 4 (followed this semester by 5 and 6)
-Step 2 Science III(followed this semester by Step 2 Science 4)
-Step 2 Creative Writing Semester 2
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 3

Step 2 Study & Life Skills 5, 6
Step 2 History 7, 8, 9.
Step 2 Science 5, 6
Step 2 Creative Writing Semester 3
-A Math program, as needed.
-A P.E. program, as needed.

Semester 4 (final semester for Step 2)

Step 2 Study & Life Skills 7, 8
Step 2 History 10, 11, 12
Step 2 Science 7, 8
Step 2 Creative Writing Semester 4
-A Math program
-A P.E. program

You may add elective Creative Writing courses for New Year's and for Halloween, once the student is writing for himself, doing Creative Writing.  At this Step, Math should be programed in.  We tend to recommend Saxon Math at this young Step, but there are many good math programs.  P.E. MUST be added to each semester, in some form.  And the student probably should be reading (on his own time) a book a month at least, at his reading level.

COURSES FOR STEP 3, IN THEIR PROPER SEQUENCE

(If you are starting your student with Step 3, or if your student is graduating up from Step 2, you would do the following, if you're using all of STEPS as your curriculum.)

Semester 1
(To be started first, and done in this order:)
-How To Do STEPS Courses Course (Do this first, all by itself, until completed.)
-Information – Right Or Wrong
-Step 3 How To Do Research
-OPTIONAL – You Or Them, Control Over Your Life (upon completion of LS How To Do Research)

(Then continue with these courses, all done simultaneously:)

-Step 3 History 1-3
-Step 3 Science 1, and start LS Science 2
-Step 3-4 Creative Writing 1, then start Creative Writing 2
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.)

Semester 2
-Step 3 History 4-7
-Step 3 Science 2, followed by 3.
-Finish Creative Writing 2, then allow the student to write as they see fit – no critique – for the rest of the semester.
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 3 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 3 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.

Step 3 Semester 3
-Step 3 History 8-11
-Step 3 Science 3 completed, followed by Step 3 Science 4.
-Creative Writing -allow the student to write as they see fit – no critique – for the rest of the semester.  (Student can review Creative Writing 2, as he wishes)
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 3 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 3 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.

Step 3 Semester 4
-Step 3 History 12-14
-Step 3 Science 4 completed, followed by LS Science 5.
-Creative Writing -allow the student to write as they see fit – no critique – for the rest of the semester.   (Student can review Creative Writing 2, as he wishes)
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 3 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 3 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.)

COURSES IN ORDER, FOR STEP 4

(If your student finished Step 3 and has moved up to Step 4, you would SKIP THE FOLLOWING FOUND IN RED, and do everything else, if you're using all of STEPS as your curriculum.  All student starting Step 4 without having done Step 3 should do everything below, in red and in black.)

Semester 1
(To be started first, introduced in the order given here)
-How To Do STEPS Courses Course (always available for free download.  Do this first and nothing else until it's completed)
-Information – Right Or Wrong
-Step 4 How To Do Research
-Step 4 Science 1
-Step 4 History 1  (to be started after Science 1 through Lesson 20 is completed)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program

(Then continue with these courses, all done simultaneously:)

-Continue and complete Step 4 History 1, then do Step 4 History 2
-Step 4 Science 1-2.
-Creative Writing 3 for Step 4(IF the student hasn’t done it, they should start with Creative Writing 1, and THEN skip 2, and start Creative writing 3.)
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.)

Step 4 Semester 2

-Step 4 History 2 to completion, start Step 4 History 3.
-Step 4 Science 2 to completion, Science 3.
-Creative Writing 3 for Step 4, to completion.
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.)

Step 4 Semester 3

-Step 4 History 3 to completion.  History 4.
-Step 4 Science 3 to completion.
-Creative Writing 4 for Step 4.  (Does not need to be completed.)
-Math
-P.E.
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.  In this second year of Step 4, you may wish to include local civics, using our All-Purpose Civics Course, and you may need a foreign language study.  In this second year, you may wish to try our Manners Course, and you may wish to consider a current events course for every semester.)

Step 4 Semester 4

-Step 4 History 4 to completion.  History 5
-Step 4 Science 4
-Creative Writing IV for Step 4 to completion
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.  In this second year of Step 4, you may wish to include local civics, using our All-Purpose Civics Course, and you may need a foreign language study.  In this year, you may wish to try our Manners Course, and you may wish to consider a current events course for every semester.)

Step 4 Semester 5

-Step 4 History 5 to completion.  History 6.
-Step 4 Science 5.
-Creative Writing 5 for Step 4. 
-Math
-P.E.
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.  You may wish to include local civics, using our All-Purpose Civics Course, and you may need a foreign language study.  In this year, you may wish to try our Manners Course, and you may wish to consider a current events course for every semester.)

Step 4 Semester 6

-Step 4 History 6 to completion.  History 7 (American Civics – big course, and optional if you are not living in the United States.  If that's the case, do History 8).
-Step 4 Science 6.
-Creative Writing 5 for Step 4 to completion. 
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 4 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.  You may wish to include local civics, using our All-Purpose Civics Course, and you may need a foreign language study.  In this year, you may wish to try our Manners Course, and you may wish to consider a current events course for every semester.)

Further Semesters for Step 4

-History:
The student continues at their own pace, until having completed Step 4 History 10-11.
-Science:
The student continues at their own pace until having completed Step 4 Science 8.
-Creative Writing:
The student may (optional) continue, doing our Master's Program in writing, by selecting one of seven areas provided courses for developing professional writers.  The student may instead, if he wishes, follow up other interests.
-Spelling (on-going)
-Reading Program (on-going, and the student can use electives like our Literature Guides, or our specialized reading lists for Science Fiction, or Great Fantasies.  We also provide a specialized list for Step 3 Suggested Reading.)
-A Math program
-A P.E. program
-OPTIONAL – An elective, such as current events, civics, animation, music, music history, Step 4 Acting, or a local art class or elective class of some kind.

(Remember to count any extracurricular activities as a part of your student's school time, including sports he does, or any art class such as dance, voice, or playing an instrument.  You may wish to include local civics, using our All-Purpose Civics Course, and you may need a foreign language study.  In this year, you may wish to try our Manners Course, and you may wish to consider a current events course for every semester.)

-OPTIONAL – As the student nears completing STEPS, consider doing our courses structured to prepare the student for the world.  These would include Artist's Basics (for a student who wants to be an artist of any kind), and Your Plans and Ambitions.  These provide some needed life skills!

NOTES ON OTHER STUDIES FOR ALL STUDENTS

Mathematics

Usually must be included.  We do not offer Math, but currently recommend Saxon Math, starting with Step 2.  In Step 3-4, you will probably use (in sequence, one book per year, including Saxon 5/4; Saxon 6/5 and Saxon 7/6, followed by Saxon Algebra ½.  (Saxon 8/7 is a review of earlier studies, and should be passed over by most students.)  Saxon offers tests to evaluate a student’s level of study on their website. 

We also recommend Consumer Mathematics, published by AGS Publishers.  Step 4 students may work their way into Saxon Algebra I, and Saxon Algebra II, etc., but we stop recommending Saxon starting with their Algebra curriculum.

Important note on Saxon Math – There is an easy and effective way to start Saxon, if your student has been studying other math programs.  Use their tests to “test out.”  Select a level of Saxon that looks about right, and start by giving your student the first test in that Saxon book.  If the student gets all of it right, do the next test.  If he misses one-two, just have the student review the 5 or so lessons that test covers, and then give him test 2.  Continue to do tests, “testing out”, until you hit a test that he misses a number of questions on.  That test will cover five (or so) specific lessons in that Saxon book.  Start your student with the first lesson covered by the test he did not test out successfully on.  In this way, you won't waste the student's time and cause unnecessary drudgery reviewing materials he covered in other programs.

Reading

Students should read one book per month at their level of reading, and it should be a book they select and are interested in.  This is homework.  As they read, they should make a list of words they didn’t know and had to define, and on what page the words were found.  This list should be turned in, with a 100 word report stating what book was read, how long it took, how many pages it was, who the author is, and what the student liked or disliked about the book.  The tutor/parent would then randomly select three-five words off the students list and check the student for conceptual understanding. (NOT a “verbatim definition”.)  If the student does well, that book is done.  If not, have the student make certain the words defined while reading were well-defined and understood before moving on.

Spelling

Done each week, as described above. 

Grammar

(English Composition) courses could be included.  (We do not offer dedicated courses in grammar.  The parts of language are thoroughly introduced in Step 2 Creative Writing.)

Foreign Language

May be included, as you see fit. (We do not offer any.)  This is required for Step 4, by many states.

Vacations

Students can do our Vacation course when they get a break and are going somewhere.

Art Electives

We offer study options in Animation (3-4 years), Music Theory (2-4 years) many Music History courses, Step 3 Acting (1 year),  and Step 4 Acting (about 2 years).

Other Electives

The Artist’s Basics Course can be done after the student has completed Step 3-4 Creative Writing 3, or Animation 2, or Music Theory 1, or Step 3 Acting 1, or when doing Step 4 acting. 

Plans & Ambitions should only be done by Step 4 Student is on History 10 or later.

The Manners Course can (and should) be done at some time by Steps 2-3-4, and will help the student define their relationships with people important to them.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON DELIVERING CREATIVE WRITING AND OTHER COURSES

(The rule on Creative Writing courses is that NO criticism or correction is to be given to the student on their work, not of spelling, grammar, subject matter, or of anything at all.  The tutor or parent’s job is to see the student fully does each exercise, and to admire the results, period!  The same applies to all arts courses.

Courses in History and Science should be handled in the same manner, unless a student clearly does not understand the studied materials.  In which case, the student should be placed back a step (from exercises back to materials read; materials back to words defined; words back to places located as needed, until the student finds what he did not understand and is able to easily move forward.)

WHEN IS A STUDENT FINISHED WITH STEPS?

WHEN IS A STUDENT DONE WITH STEP 1?

A student has completed Step 1 (for ages 5-6, and preliterate students) when they do either of the following:
-Develop reading skills that allow them to successfully do the Reading test for Step 2, OR
-Complete all the courses for Step 1.

WHEN IS A STUDENT DONE WITH STEP 2?

A student has completed Step 2 (for ages 7-8, and students who are developing literacy) when they do either of the following:
-Develop reading skills that allow them to successfully do the Reading test for Step 3, OR
-Complete all the courses for Step 2.

WHEN IS A STUDENT DONE WITH STEP 3?

Students are moved up from Step 3 to Step 4 immediately when:

-They pass the Step 4 reading test easily, OR
-They complete all Step 3 courses.

WHEN IS A STUDENT DONE WITH STEP 4?

Students are graduated upon completing all the courses in each subject, leading up to and including:
-Step 4 History 11
-Step 4 Science 8
-Manners
-Two years (minimum) of High School level Mathematics
-An Economics Course
-Two years of High School Step Foreign Language (if required by your area)
-At least Creative Writing 5

A student is not finished with the Steps program until the above is accomplished, regardless of age.

NOTE ON CREATIVE WRITING AFTER STEP 3-4 CREATIVE WRITING 5

When a Step 4 student completes Creative Writing 5, the student is then asked two questions;

“Do you wish to continue with your writing studies?” 
(If no, stop.  If yes, then ask:)
“In which of these seven areas would you like to specialize first?”  These include Screenwriting; Television Writing; Playwriting; Novels & Short Story Writing; Lyrics and Poetry; P.R.; Non-Fiction & Technical Writing

Based on the student’s answer, they would start the appropriate specialist course.  (A student may do as many of these as they wish and can do, but should probably do one at a time.)