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.
You can download and customize the calendar for your school.
I usually print out several grayscale copies to mark up as I figure out our school year and number the weeks.
Marked Calendar JPG (click to enlarge)
Here are what all my markings mean:
My Calendar Explained (click to enlarge)
The calendar helps me get a visual idea of how many weeks we really need to accomplish all of our goals and how many weeks we can use for breaks. I’ll add my final calendar to the Calendar page of my GGP Teacher Manual when it’s done.
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 am well into Step 3 of my preparation for the 2013-2014 school year: Course Schedules!
Sample Course Schedule
My course schedules map out each subject for the entire year, day by day. So, this step takes me some time to complete. I make course schedules for everything but spelling, writing, grammar, and Mandarin. These subjects are pretty straightforward (or not taught by me, in the case of Mandarin). I do list these subjects on our weekly schedule, but we just do the next lesson each time.
So far, I’ve posted my math and science course schedules. You’ll notice those are the only two links working on the main Course Schedule page of my GGP Teacher Manual. The rest will become active as I complete the subjects.
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.
I am now in the thick of Step 2 of my preparations for the 2013-1014 school year, Goal Sheets. You can find details on the GGP Teacher Manual page of my site. So far, I have English/lit and math completed. I’ll post social studies, science, health, and art as I finish them.