Curriculum

One of my favorite children's books is, "Harold and the Purple Crayon". I love how Harold simply draws whatever he imagines and needs as he goes though the story. As our children's teachers we hold the purple crayon! What will you draw for your children? You must decide what you want your days to look like and what you want your children to have learned at the end of them.

What do they need to know? Before purchasing any curriculum or planning a single lesson for the year I write down the children's academic goals for the year. I look at our state's standards for their grade level to see what the children would be expected to know at the end of the year if they were in a traditional classroom. I have also began using the common core standards which all state's will be adopting in the near future. The National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) is another very helpful site.

Besides being helpful these standards give me clear objectives as I plan science unit studies, math experiences and reading and writing workshops. They also give me great freedom in planning. I don't use text books or workbooks (With the exception of Miquon Math and Explode the Code), but I know at the end of the year they have mastered all the standards for their age group and I have not unintentionally 'missed' anything.

Below are links to posts that show how I teach specific subjects. I will keep adding to the list as I have the time:)

Preschool Math - Lot's of hands-on fun!

Preschool Writing - These are games, props, etc. I use to inspire Aiden's oral storytelling.

Science - I organize our science unit by theme on Pinterest. For example, I have a board for space, the water cycle, etc. I try to print everything off, check out library books and buy all the supplies the week prior to beginning a new unit.

For each science unit I set up a special table for Aiden.  Elle enjoys it as well. I place basket of picture books for us to read together. I also place a sensory box full of theme related things for him to explore. I print off or make theme math and letter games to go on his table as well.

Each week some of the children's friends come over and I teach a science co-op based on our theme. This is when we do most of our experiments!