Anatomy of a Curriculum Kit, Part 2: Deciding Which Topics to Cover
Once you’ve decided to create curriculum kits, your first priority will be figuring out what topics to cover. Here are some things to consider:
- What is the homeschooling community looking for? You may want to gather information through surveys or focus groups. Curriculum kits are a significant investment of time and money, so you want to make sure they’re going to be used.
- How much money do you have to spend? Use this to figure out how many kits you’d like to create and how much money you have to spend per kit.
- Do you want to make kits focusing on one broad subject area, such as math or language arts, or do you want to design kits for several subject areas?
- What age ranges will your kits be geared toward?
Use the answers to these questions to draw up a list of the topics you’d like to cover, and then you can start designing. Sometimes you may find that there an overwhelming number of great materials on your topic or too many books that are too general because your topic is too broad. In that case, you may want to think about changing that big topic into two or three more specific topics. On the flip side, you may find that you’re having trouble making a complete, interesting kit because your topic is too narrow or a topic that hasn’t been covered widely. In that case, you may want to broaden the topic in some way.
As an example, let’s consider the subject of division. Try looking for a wide variety of high-quality elementary-level materials on division that are currently in print. You won’t find many. There are quite a few materials available on multiplication, though, so you might want to consider combining multiplication and division in one kit. Personally, I think it’s better to adjust the subject to ensure the quality of the kit than to pad a kit with materials that are sub-par.
In our next installment, “Anatomy of a Curriculum Kit, Part 3,” we’ll be discussing resources I’ve found helpful when designing curriculum kits for WPL.Explore posts in the same categories: Curriculums and Other Homeschooling Resources, Library Programs and Services