August 22, 2007 by multiracialsky
Our state requires us to submit a general curriculum for what we plan for the kids to study in the next year. They let you keep it fairly broad, but not completely vague (you can’t say, “may include, but not limited to . . . ” which is an unschooling standby). Our curriculum as a whole contains an implied “including, but not limited to . . . ” which leaves us an open door to incorporate just about everything we do in the next ten months into our end-of-the-year report.
My husband and I talked a lot about what the curriculum should say and include, as we are both listed as their teachers. We took a two-pronged approach: (1) We included all the things we already do/discuss regularly and plan to continue, and (2) We included specific skills and projects that we’d like to accomplish this year; now that we’ve written them down in the official curriculum, we have committed to completing them.
The ‘History, Government, and Citizenship’ section is where the most explicit multicultural educational philosophy is visible. However, the curriculum in its entirety is included below for those of you also in the paper-filing process.
History, Government, and Citizenship:
- Develop a deeper understanding of family and community life, including the structure and rituals of our family and those of other families in the U.S. and the world
- Geography of our state (including some cities/towns and major bodies of water), the United States (selected states), and the world (continents and selected countries)
- Continue exploring Native American history, focusing on the Cherokee and local Native peoples
- Continue exploring African American history
- Foster awareness of environmental issues, including pollution, consumerism, global warming, and vegetarianism
- Explore the outdoors in all seasons
- Environmental stewardship, and why it is important
- Continue to observe carefully, ask questions, and search for answers
- Perform simple science experiments demonstrating physical principals, including mass and energy
- Visit the local science center regularly to observe fish, amphibian, and reptile species, as well as quarterly special exhibits
- Insect study, including the lifecycle, care, and feeding of the monarch butterfly
- Visit a sugar house to observe the making of maple syrup
- Experiment with measurements, including length, weight, and volume
- Group objects into sets, and sort objects according to physical characteristics
Literature and Language Arts:
- Listen to reading of literature, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
- Will read as they are ready
- Play-act stories
- Keep a journal
- Dictate creative writing to parent
- Orally express themselves clearly
- Phonics, including the sounds of all 26 letters of the alphabet, as well as ‘sh’, ‘ch’, ‘th’, and ‘ph’
- Recognize and print upper and lower case letters of the alphabet
- Enjoy books and other reading material
- Create a quarterly zine of original pictures and mini-stories
- Create one or more original books with words, pictures, and binding by child
Math and Numbers:
- Count out loud from 1 to 100, by 1s and by 10s
- Recognize, write, and read numbers from 1 to 100
- Add and subtract numbers from 1 to10
- Know the meaning of the plus (+), minus (-), and equals (=) signs
- Identify pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar bills
- Tell time on both a traditional clock and a digital clock
- The human body, including
a) Names and functions of body parts
b) The human life cycle
c) Personal health and hygiene
d) Personal safety
- Study the growth, preparation, and importance of healthy food, including cooking and baking simple recipes
- Music: including singing, learning songs, writing/inventing own songs, playing the piano, guitar, recorder, drums, and other musical instruments, and attending live musical performances.
- Performing Arts: Create and perform in a variety of ‘shows’ throughout the year. Attend live performance art (such as plays, dancers, puppet shows, and acrobats).
- Visual Arts: Create a variety of two-dimensional visual art using materials including crayons, markers, colored pencils, tempera paint, watercolor paint, scissors, and glue. Create three-dimensional visual art using a variety of materials. Visit art museums, and art and craft exhibits.
- Continue to develop skills to improve:
a) Coordination and strength
b) Listening and direction-following ability
- Activities to include:
h) Cross-country skiing
i) Downhill skiing
j) Ice skating
We have two Monarch butterflies in a container on our kitchen counter; one is already in the process of becoming a chrysalis. Sky School has begun.