Consider this Brilliant Resource When Planning Next Year’s Curriculum

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education

Are you looking for a curriculum that is…




Me, too.

With no strings attached, I want to get my two-cents worth into the “Curriculum Planning” hub-bub of Spring!

Like many of you, I’ve spent hours pouring over curriculum websites and catalogs, making lists, lists, and more lists of the incredible resources available for my young students. The only problem with spending hours in curriculum planning, is the potential to spend thousands of dollars in curriculum buying.

Is this really necessary? I kept asking myself each time I’d tally up the potential costs of a thorough first grade curriculum.

My eye kept returning to a beloved book on the bookshelf. Finally, I picked it up again and realized I needn’t look any more.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise, is actually a comprehensive curriculum plan for pre-k through high school (and beyond!) that promotes excellence and simplicity. I’ve implemented many of their ideas for Pre-K and Kindergarten work and am thoroughly anticipating an enriching first grade year based upon their suggestions. If you’ve never picked up a copy of this essential classical education manual, I highly suggest you do so soon.  You’ll love their practical and specific recommendations and resources for all of your students – from the tiniest, on.

Here’s me in person, talking about the book in a bit more depth: