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A Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum Framework


Is K12Together Right for You?

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STEP #1: Is K12Together right for you? Let’s find out:

Do you agree or disagree with the following?

  1. I would like a comprehensive curriculum that meets national education requirements.
  2. I would like to be able to decide how much time to spend on a topic.
  3. I do not like to have students fill out workbook pages.
  4. I want to help children learn things I have not yet studied myself.
  5. I want to teach students with a wide spread of ages and abilities.
  6. I want a curriculum that can be easily adjusted for students with varying needs and abilities.
  7. I want to promote non-competitive, group learning.
  8. I want students to ask questions and design their own projects.
  9. I want the students themselves to discover and share knowledge.
  10. I want guides to evaluate and track what skills each student needs to learn.
  11. I want to teach children how to find answers for themselves.
  12. I want a curriculum that honors God and moral values.
  13. I want suggestions for activities but also want to create my own.
  14. I want teacher resources that explain how to implement suggested activities.
  15. I do not need my students to sit quietly and not talk with each other.
  16. I do not need tests to evaluate students’ progress if I have clear content objectives.

If you agreed to most of the above statements, then continue to Step Two.

STEP 2: READ OUR DISTINCTIVES

Read all three sections of K12Together Distinctives. K12Together is designed to be used in a systematic way. However, it may also be adapted for use with other curricula.

STEP 3: SKIM OUR CURRICULUM

The Curriculum section shows what the curriculum covers, and what order it is covered in. It has many layers, starting with the broad overviews and proceeding to the detailed content lists, book lists, etc..

Skim the overall content first, until you understand how the looping structure of K12Together works, then read the details of one of the Years (I-IV). All of the content of K12Together is divided into four sequential curriculum-years. Every four years, a student will repeat the content loop, but this time at a higher and deeper level.

Each of the four curriculum-years (called Years I-IV) has objectives for all grade levels (Kindergarten through 12th grade), with the sequential topics broken into six units. Each unit is designed to take approximately six weeks, with five full-time school days per week, but can be easily adapted to other schedules.  When a student has completed one curriculum year, he/she will proceed to the next, always studying at the level appropriate to his age or abilities.

STEP 4: SKIM OUR LISTS OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND ACTIVITIES

While in the Curriculum section, pick a curriculum year and review the charts of books recommended for that year. At any given time, some books may be out of print, but the charts will give you a feel for how books can be chosen to fit with unit- or year-long themes. You may want to look at the suggested activities that are available for some units. Also skim the poetry recommendations.

STEP 5: SKIM THE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES

Skills that students are expected to learn as they mature in many areas are listed under the Skills Development Objectives section of the Scope and Sequence. The K-12 skills are progressive and linear, not looping like the content objectives. So individual students begin at an appropriate level and move up the skill objectives lists as their skills improve. In each unit, skills are developed using whatever content is being studied. The skill development lists and charts were created to help teachers evaluate the skills of students and determine what skills the students should focus on next once a certain level has been reached.

STEP 6: FOR USE IN A MULTI-AGE CLASS

While K12Together can be used with individual students or single-grade classes, it was designed to facilitate one-room schoolhouses, large families, learning co-ops, and multi-age classrooms. You can turn your multi-age group of students into a learning team by using the How to Use K12Together section of this website. Also, suggestions for multi-age learning are incorporated throughout in the design of the Teacher Resources, activities, objectives, books, and overall structure.

STEP 7: IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD

Read How to Use K12Together and review one curriculum-year in depth. We recommend beginning with Year I (Ancient World and Biology), but it is possible to begin with any of the four years. Do the looping curriculum-years in historical order not in a random sequence. The topics are integrated as much as possible across academic disciplines (history, science, Bible, etc.); however, you may substitute your own bible or science sequence (though it is not recommended).

K12Together is very careful to be comprehensive and to cover all the topics expected in high quality modern international schools, so we discourage people picking out one unit from here or there. However, you may choose to use units or teacher helps as an active-learning supplement to another complete curriculum you may be following.

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