No core curriculum

I moved to a new school where there is very few academic resources and no core curriculum. I would have always seen myself as a good teacher and I always brought my own ideas into the classroom to enhance the learning and bring it to life.


I am finding it difficult as I have to create the entire curriculum from scratch and create all of the resources or buy them myself on top of full days of teaching. Like many teachers I do put my hand in my pocket, but in this school it seems too much.


I'm a big believer in balance and hands-on learning but there seems to be little focus on the basics in this school. I don't want the kids to suffer and I find I am working so hard trying to keep the standards up and create the standard by myself.


Any ideas on inexpensive methods or websites with resources would help. If you have any suggestions please post them.


Thanks,

Jessica White

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Apr 13, 2009
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websites
by: Anonymous

There are lots of websites out there that have great resources that you can download that are free or have a minimal cost. Two that spring to mind are K-3 teacher resources and sparklebox. I use them all the time!!

Apr 07, 2009
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Curriculum
by: Sarah C

You could implement a overarching theme throughout the entire semester. You could meet your standards by doing thematic based project learning. This is a great way to incoorporate Launguage Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. You could develop mini-themes based around your overarching theme. My suggestion would be to pick a country and develop projects about culture, animals, traditions, and history. I am currently a student- teacher and this works wonderfully in the school I am currently in. Good Luck!

Feb 16, 2009
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No Curriculum
by: Kteacher

I also am responsible for making my own curriculum, though I have state standards to follow. Check out makinglearningfun.com for center activities to download or other classroom activities.

Feb 14, 2009
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by: Willo

Check out the Kelly's Kindergarten Website. It has great phonics things, as well as so many games to make. The reading section is Open Court, an older version. Give it a try! Good luck!

Feb 14, 2009
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Core Curriculum
by: Anonymous

Check out the website at KinderPlans.com. You can get all kinds of ideas for free just by checking things out or you could buy a one time membership and have the whole year and more of kindergarten available for you. You should also remember to use resources at your public library for books for your class as well.

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