After weeks of having ideas in my head for what I want to do next year, I finally sat down today and wrote it all down on my google docs. I have no idea how to display a google doc in a non-hosted wordpress website, so I will link to it here.
It is very general. I looked through the curriculum list from Garden of Francis because her albums are basically my albums except more detailed. One thing I learned last year was that there are two types of albums, the more AMI bent one, which kind of says expose everything to the kids as they’re interested, with many things happening in 1st grade. And then the more AMS bent one, which is way more detailed and sequenced slowly, kind of as if kids are starting Montessori as a kindergartener. For example, my AMI-style album starts with multiplication. The AMS albums I have seen starts with golden beads or stamp game with addition/subtraction.
Because I am more AMI-style trained, I think I’m more partial to that way of teaching, especially seeing it work in the classroom last year and feeling that giving the child what really interests them makes for great work. On the other hand, it makes planning really hard and I felt at a loss most of the time. So it is kind of nice just having the AMS style albums at hand to see the detailed and various presentations you *could* do, to give myself an idea of how I know when a child has mastered a concept.
(Please note that AMI vs AMS is just my interpretation. I don’t know if it’s true or not. It’s how I differentiate in my head.)
In any case, with that curriculum list and my own albums, I created a general plan, and then looked through the 2 other AMS album sources I have to fill in any blanks I see.
I looked at my plan from last year and I was surprised to see just how many of my items on my todo list I managed to hit, except for the science part. For example, I had radicals, components, stroke order all in there and I actually did present some of those. For Astroboy I had learning to count to 10, 20, and 100, and I hit all those too. And all without consulting my plan after I wrote it down that one time!
In terms of Chinese, I have quite ambitious goals for both kids. For Thumper I have: