I just completed my 2018-19 curriculum plan. Most of my themes are the same, it will just look different on how I teach it to each grade. I included some "continuous themes". These will rotate depending on what I am teaching for the day. Maybe we are learning a new technology tool or something new in the studio. These are just themes that I feel I repeat throughout the year. I aligned with the national standards. When I align standards with my themes, I try to align with a few main/overarching standards though I might be teaching multiples of standards within that unit.
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I'm presenting this weekend at the Colorado TAB conference at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. I usually get asked to talk about TAB with younger students. I LOVE my kinders! I created a guide on how to start TAB with Kinder and 1st grade. I am working on more unit guides that look like this to share.
A few tips that I want to point out, I always recommend to anyone who needs more ideas or management support to go observe a preschool teacher. Preschool teachers are masters at running centers. I taught preschool for a year and have some education with early childhood. It really helped with my transition to TAB. There are very similar philosophies and ideas like Reggio Emilia.
My schools ask to show what standard I am focusing on for the day. I try to write my plans and guides with a focus.This guide focuses on the creating standard but I know there are other standards tied in. If you are not in Colorado, our standards are pretty close to the national standards. I know that when they rewrote the national standards they used ours as a guide. I did put a note for the anchor standard.
I included a book list with idea on how to tie into the curriculum. I almost always use "Giraffes can't Dance" as a first day book. I talk about how we are all going to learn something new together and to be helpful to each other. It sets a good tone.
I even put some of my phrases that I use with the kids. It's good to know a few of those as an elementary teacher.
Share ideas with me, if you are looking for something specific. This is a how to get started and beginning of the year guide.
Get the guide on the Curriculum Page.
I hope you check out my new curriculum page. I have been working on a few projects for this part of the website. I have these fabulous one page guides on implementing the Studio Habits of Mind. They will give you quick ideas on how to use that habit in the classroom for k-5. I do think that these would work for any age, but I try to include what is grade level appropriate for younger children. I am also creating a standards made simple section. This is a spot for the standards explained and made easy!
k-5 Creative Design Teacher
Quotes from students about TAB
Kids Art Links