I don't think I heard you right. Did you say write a curriculum?
By Amy Tanner
It was not money or the lack of it that got me writing that day. It was love. Love for my children, love for their future, love for the
world (sounds like a song I know!!!!) and love for what any child can accomplish if motivated. But it's not only love that can get you started on your first curriculum. It could be a number of reasons, but love should be at the core. For me, building off love ensures me of a solid foundation - very vital when it comes to longevity. Love also provides me a sense of accomplishment, not that I should win the best mom award, but love always enhances an honest intention. As a mom you know how important that is. Here's a few suggestions from a mom who has been writing since I could hold a pencil. Take it from me, these ideas could really get your mind thinking if you let it. I know you haven't had much time to unleash your mind, if you like me, don't know if you still have one. Just for a moment entertain such an idea and release your potential by letting your imaginative juices flow!
First, lay aside your fear. I know, the idea of writing a curriculum for your preschooler sounds about as fun as scraping the gunk off your kitchen floor. Don't let the thought of the scope of it intimidate you. Writing a curriculum is really coming up with a plan; a plan that incorporates your desire to teach what you know, teach it simply but effectively , and admire your child's unique response to it. It involves taking time and discovering your child's learning style. Fear and intimidation aside, writing becomes a means to developing in your child their best potential. There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing my child create a new love for my love.
Next, create your ideas around what you love. What would you do every day, all day , without pay for the rest of you life? This is not a trick question. There is something you would do, you just need to look for it. When you find it, that is your passion! Your passion defines who you are. It encompasses your love. My passions are children, music, and writing. Make a list of yours and build your ideas around what you love most. Your best tool in the effectiveness of your curriculum is that you first loved it. Your best indication of your effectiveness to teach your child and teach him well is your extent of happiness . You know the saying, "If mom isn't happy......" Moms, your curriculum will be an extension of you! There is no better way to teach than to love it, be passionate about it, and to be in the know about it.
Next, outline your ideas being sure that what you are teaching is accurate. Maybe you love music, but does your love for music include the study of its theory, past, present, and future? Do you just love to sing or are you good at it? Ask yourself if your passion is more than just liking the way it sounds or wishing you could be someone smarter or more popular. Take a look at what your passion is and develop it. Study it. Get some books at the library. Look on the internet or ask friends who have similar passions to share with you what they know about it. Your passion will define your ideas, and when put on paper, your organizational skills as a mom will take over. I know what you are thinking. I am not organizational. Have you stopped lately and made a list of all you do all day long? Do it. Make your list and if it's like mine, your list hardly stops!
Next, organize and categorize your ideas and thoughts. For example, I just wrote a music curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade. I first decided on a title by looking at how the knowledge and information I wanted to teach could best be defined. For example, my knowledge of music spans from theory to culture, to non- secular and secular music. Look at your range of topics and categorize them into monthly lessons. Give at least seven or eight topics a theme name. Use these names as your titles for each lesson. For me, I had ten themes that I renamed as units. All ten teach a different aspect of music, but they build off each other and later units reinforce learning in subsequent units. Make your title fun! Remember, you are teaching a preschooler who watches Barney and Bob the Builder daily. On that note, ( get it?) on to the next and final idea.
Keep your curriculum fun, energetic, and repetitive. Your child will best learn the subject matter if you take the time to think creatively. I know, you are thinking it again.......Look back at that list you made, super mom! Creativity can blossom just by watching a television show like Barney and incorporating what they do into your curriculum. HHHUUUHHH???? Don't lose me here. Watch how they repeat things, use songs to teach, use bright colors, do fun activities, marvel at nature, and use regular daily activities to teach! Find songs that teach your subject matter, make up art projects, and take field trips! Limitlessly include creativity into your curriculum and stand back and marvel. Marvel at your newly inspired child, your unleashed passions, your creative ideas, your unfailing love, and your first completed curriculum. Before you sprint off to get your paper and pen, let's review the five suggestions:
1. Lay aside your fear:
Writing a curriculum is really coming up with a plan.
2. Create your ideas around what you love:
Your best tool in the effectiveness of your curriculum is that you first loved it.
3. Outline your ideas being sure what you are teaching is accurate: Take a look at what your passion is and develop it.
4. Organize and categorize your ideas and thoughts:
Look at your range of topics and categorize then into monthly lessons.
5. Keep your curriculum fun, energetic, and repetitive
Limitlessly include creativity into your curriculum and stand back and marvel.
If you can love your child, you can write a curriculum. And what about that issue of love? It is my desire and goal to teach all moms that loving your child involves more than what we say or do. Loving your child is possible when you, mom, are living your passion! I talk with moms daily and one thing is clear. Loving our children is not hard to do. But loving yourself can be much harder. Ask yourself today, am I living to my best potential for my child? Is there a passion lurking in the darkness I need to claim? Is there something I would do every day, all day long, for no pay? Yes. It's loving your child. But loving your child can be difficult with the many barriers we as moms place in front of us. I am sure that loving my child and teaching him about the world comes by first loving myself. Love is a passion you may not know you had. Go ahead and add it to your list ,and by the way, you did hear me right. Write a curriculum!
Music teacher, songwriter, author, and founder of
True Reflections Women's Ministry
Visit www.cdbaby.com for Amy's music
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