For parents who are home schooling or supporting on-line learning, where do they start? If they are to go to the curriculum documents for each grade level, they would be faced with pages upon pages of expectations. I can only imagine how overwhelming and possibly confusing this would become. I thought hmmm, why is there not more sharing and honouring of parents who have already chosen to home school their children? Why not take a peak and see how they that distilled the abundant information.
I went to the Canadian Home Schooler site. A fantastic site that is rich with resources. I then went to the Ontario Curriculum check list.
Definitely a simplification of looking through the curriculum guidebooks for each subject which we as a teaching profession use as our bible, but even though simplified it still is rather detailed.
In the interest of simplifying further and helping people see the forest for the trees, I have taken the kindergarten checklist and reduced it further to a chart that is more generalized, simplified and can fit on three printable pages, then assembled into one chart which can be laminated and posted on the or a central spot in the home. Click here to view the PDF.
Fellow educators this might help you with a very generalized guiding ‘road map’ that then you can make quick daily reference. When more direction is needed you can rather dive into your long range plans or extensive curriculum documents.
It’s all about small chunks and keeping things in perspective. I once heard that it would take far longer than a full school year to teach all the curriculum expectations for any of the grades. As teachers we have to constantly be discriminating as to what are the most essential skills that our students require for the next grade level.
- Copy and print off the attached overview of the Ontario Non-Full Day Kindergarten Curriculum Checklist.
Quick Take Away: