School starts in a week. So, I’m in the home stretch of preparations. I’ve added the Curriculum Page to my GGP Teacher Manual. This page details the curriculum I use for each subject. It’s a combination of purchased and self-made curricula.
Making Health Books
You’ll find PDF copies of the curricula I’ve made and links to the ones I purchase.
On the Art Course Schedule page of my teacher manual, you’ll find my Art Gallery. This is a homemade book the kids will complete as we go through the school year. I bought a simple binding system (hole punch and coils) last year and discovered that I LOVE making these books. So, you’ll be seeing more of these for our other subjects in the near future. (I have several in mind for Health already).
I’ve completed the first three steps of my planning for the school year:
3. Course Schedules
These are what I consider the hardest (i.e. least creative) steps to planning. But, they set the foundation and ensure a successful school year for us. As much as I enjoy lists and checkmarks, though (and I really do), I get a different sort of satisfaction from the remaining planning steps. Now come the fun parts, the ones where I get to play and put my personal touch on things.
Up next, our school calendar…maybe not what most people think of as fun, but I’m excited!
I’ve added our 2013-2014 social studies goals to the GGP Teacher Manual page. You’ll see individualized goals for Ashby and Ryan as well as blank forms you can download for your own use.
Social Studies Goal Sheet
I like to approach history from a world-centered viewpoint. This is different from the CA state standards, but it just makes more sense to me. In CA, 4th grade social studies is all about California history; so our 4th grade goal sheet reflects this.
Ashby and I are both excited to study CA history, even though it basically means we’re adding another subject to our lessons. I have yet to decide just how we’ll do this. I may schedule our CA history as a separate subject, or I may work it into our schedule mainly as reading assignments (which we always include anyways). When I work on our history schedule, I’ll figure out just how in-depth our CA history work will be, and that will determine whether it is a standalone subject or an add-on to our world history studies.
For Ryan’s second grade social studies goals, I have generally adhered to the CA standards. I did select our Historic Individuals from the middle ages so that they will correlate with our Story of the World (SOTW) readings. The list of individuals on his goal sheet is not comprehensive, but I will specify more people when I create his history and reading schedules.