Re: Those who homeschool loosely/relaxed....
We use The Well Trained Mind as a general guide, and by state laws we have to do standardized testing. Last year's test had DD1 in the 92nd %tile, so I'm not worried. If you keep moving forward and learning new things, I'm sure you'll do fine. I would suggest having a math book to work with. Even the most hard core unschoolers or unit study approaches still typically use a math text to keep things sequential.
The Well Trained Mind does have history incorporated, but it is story format with crafts and other activities... nothing crazy, but just introducing the concept of history, and starting your student hearing names that they'll come across later when they dig deeper.
I like to have specific books as the core of subjects, and work through them as we see fit. We usually finish "early", so that leaves us a little wiggle room if family situations come up.
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