August 14, 2019 at 10:31 AM #75628Jonas SauderModerator@jonas
Every August hour spent in careful “big picture” planning for the upcoming term can pay huge dividends.
Although major subjects such as math and reading having curriculum outlines and instructional suggestions built into them, teachers are often left on their own to provide structure to the “occasional” subjects and “extra-curricular” routines. Consider outlining major goals for the year and specific elements to be used in…
- Classroom devotions. See Planning Devotions for the Year
- Story time. Compile a list of read-alouds, seeking for a good balance in the types of books read.
- Art. Themes to explore, skills to introduce. What sequence or time of the year fits best for each?
- Music. What routines will be followed? What songs introduced or memorized?
- Recess. Games & variety to introduce. Balance of “free play” vs. chosen group activities.
- Memory work. Create a working list of Bible passages, poems, geography facts.
- Projects. Monthly? Quarterly? Which classes will generate projects and what will they be? (A collection, research/report, book report, group project, diorama…)
- Field trips. Why, when, where, what, and how?
- Writing. What types of writing will students do? In which classes?
- Bulletin boards. What is their purpose? How will their use be part of classes? What student-made “changing exhibits” will they display? See the discussion here.
What additional planning items do you have to offer that bear good fruit in the upcoming year? What have you done?
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