March 24, 2017
Our MAJOR UPGRADE - improving the Subject Area Project and adding a Worldview Project and extensive Curriculum Gazetteer - is finally really rolling! It took a while to finish all the preliminary work in the process, but, as you can see from our Progress Report, we've finished the Indices for Numerical Names, A, and X. And, though we obviously have a long way to go, we hope we can maintain a steady pace so that we can launch the amazing improvements in just a couple of months. Check back often for more updates!
Gazetteer is an old-fashioned word for a geographical directory used in conjunction with a map or atlas. The concept originated in first-century China and has since been used in many contexts. For example, a world gazetteer "usually consist[s] of an alphabetical listing of countries, with pertinent statistics for each one, [and]...information on individual cities, towns, villages, and other settlements of varying sizes." Short-form, descriptive, and thematic gazetteers of one sort or another also exist.
With that and our "roadmap theme" in mind, we're borrowing the term to create a comprehensive CURRICULUM GAZETTEER for home-educating parents. Our gazetteer is The Homeschool Resource Roadmap's piéce de résistance, as it will individually list every homeschool-related resource of which we're aware - nearly 2,800 so far - providing descriptive information for each one. It will combine in one place for each resource the data included in our Common Core, Subject Area, and Worldview projects, along with additional summative information in an easy-to-read format like this:
|Subject Area: Content|
|Age (Grade) Level|
|Common Core Position(s)|
As with our Subject Area and Worldview projects, access to the CURRICULUM GAZETTEER will be via paid subscription. The GAZETTEER's subscription fee will take into consideration the vast amount of information to which subscribers will have access, but - as with our other subscription projects - it will offer lifetime access to every page and will also take into account the budgetary constraints faced by many homeschooling families.
Though launching the CURRICULUM GAZETTEER will necessitate additional research and copious amounts of data-entry, we hope to make it available by Summer 2017. Check back here and/or follow our Facebook page for updates.