In Part 1 we covered choosing the subjects you want to teach, your current goals, your child’s current levels, and how your child learns best. You know what you want to teach, now it’s time to create a plan for moving forward; a map if you will. We suggest following the subsequent steps to help you when creating a curriculum.
Step 1: Create a list of topics with in the subject you need/want to teach.
When creating a reading curriculum, the topics you need to cover will be different if your child is just learning how to read vs reading to learn. A list of topics one might create for a beginning reader curriculum are:
Nursery Rhymes and Fables
Seasons and Weather
My Family and Me
*and related vocabulary
Step 2: Create a scope and sequence.
Creating a scope and sequence can help you stay on track once you get into the thick of the school year. So what exactly is a scope and sequence? It is the overall map for your curriculum. The scope is what you intend to teach in a given school year and the sequence is the order in which you will teach it. Where do you begin?
First organize your topics into the order you would like to teach them. Next, take out a calendar and look at the number of weeks contained in your school year. Divide the number of weeks by the number of topics you have. For example: If you decided you have 25 weeks in your school year and you have 5 topics you have a starting point of 5 weeks for each topic. Now you can begin to make some adjustments – topic one may only take 3 weeks, while topic two may take 6 weeks. You now have a curriculum map. A scope and sequence for a more advanced reader may look something like this:
Personal Narratives – 3 weeks
“A Dog’s Life” – Biography – 5 weeks
Myths and Fables – 6 weeks
“Percy Jackson” – Narrative – 7 weeks
Poetry – 4 weeks
*It is key to remember that a scope and sequence is merely a roadmap, you may take a detour somewhere along the way or speed up through a certain terrain.
**Within each topic you will also need to embed grammar, vocabulary, and written assignment/projects, etc. which may also alter the overall timeline.
Step 3: Create a List of Resources and Activities.
You’ve chosen your topics and plotted out your scope and sequence, now it’s time to gather your content materials: books, videos, workbooks, movies, images, artwork, product/project ideas (book review video, scene diorama, write a personal narrative…) etc. You do not have to find all your resources and activities before you start your school year but we suggest having them in place before you start a given topic.
Step 4: Create a daily/weekly routine.
Using your resources and Activities, create an overall layout/lesson plan for your subject. For younger student’s it may look like:
or for older students:
Grammar/Free Write Warmup
Review of Last Lesson
You may decide every lesson follows this type of format or you may choose to have “focus” days and within those days have a set layout to follow:
Monday – Grammar/Literary Devices
Wednesday – Reading/Discussion
Friday – Writing
While it may take time and a few trial and errors before you find a routine that works best for your family, you are well on your way to a successful school year!
If, after reading this, you feel like you need more help to walk through the process, please reach out and set up a time to chat. We are here to help you and your child have a productive and successful school year!