How to make a syllabus from any curriculum

How to Make a Syllabus Step by Step – Part 1. Intro to Series

How to make a syllabus by yourself in a quick, pragmatic manner – this is what this series is all about. And if you need just that subscribe to get access to the rest of the content.

Have you ever asked yourself why in the world education needs curricula? Maybe you have already bought a curriculum yourself. But you don’t know how to create a lesson plan from it, which is a syllabus.

Imagine you want to travel. Imagine you start packing your trolley. It is easy, just pack in useful stuff, right? We know that this is not entirely true. Where do you want to go, actually? Don’t know?

It is similar with education. Teaching without the goal in mind is possible but surely doesn’t lead to a specific skill set or competency. You need to travel with shoes that suit you. That’s why you need an outline to get to specific learning outcomes. Such an outline is a curriculum.

How to Make a Syllabus as Tool for Better Learning Outcomes

Therefore the question is, what to do with a curriculum once you have bought it. One thing is having one at home, and it is a whole different story using it properly. That is where a syllabus comes into play. It is like the stops and steps to take during your curriculum journey. It is like the schedule your flight company sends you along when booking a flight. Sure, it is much easier to not missing a plane with such preparation.

>> Tip. If you need to dig deeper into syllabus creation for a classroom setting find out more about creating a syllabus for a university teaching context. You can read an alternative guide on how to create a syllabus in the academics for free, once you’ve signed up with them.

As for a homeschool setting it’s all about getting a general idea of what a syllabus is and how to apply it. Once having the syllabus, you need to teach the content. And this is: the course books your child needs to read or the online course to take. These are like breaks while traveling. These are neither an outline, nor a schedule. They are but means to complete and fullfil the purpose of the curriculum. The curriculum allows the teacher to teach to the standards.

Finally, projects. They’re like picknicks on the way. Somewhat different tools but meant to fulfill that purpose. The transmition and implementation of standards. They’re means to reach your final goal. It has to do with your students’ learning outcomes.

How to facilitate learning outcomes is to focus on syllabus creation before any teaching takes place. It’s to focus on the map of your students’ learning journey.

How to Make a Syllabus With the Goal in Mind

What then, is this goal? It is not about having the most expensive curriculum at hand. It is not about having worked through the entire material and created a syllabus. And it is certainly not about passing a final test after having gone through all the course material. Instead, it is the learner’s enhanced competencies, skills and creativity to face life’s challenges. It is what a person knows, does and is at the end of a learning journey. In fact, education is about more than just world knowledge.

In this series you’ll learn how to make a syllabus sample customized to your needs.

  • At first, the sceleton will be plain;
  • from there, you’ll learn how to make a syllabus for one subject;
  • copying the procedure you may prepare a syllabus for various subjects, and finally
  • you’ll know how to make a syllabus for every subject, one at a time.
  • You will learn to…

Plan Your Homeschool Year With

>> any curriculum;

>> any subject;

>> any starting date.

What is Covered in This Series?

>> Your Ideal School Week in a Timeframe. See below Sample Class Schedule.

>> Your Coming Homeschool Year in a Calendar. Part II.

>> One Curriculum – i.e. Math. How to Fit Content Into a Frame. Part III

>> How to Customize Content From Each Subject With Seasons. Part IV

>> How to Overlap Curricula from Various Subjects and Ages. Suggestions for a Real-Life Syllabus. Bonus

Why Bother at all? Having a Syllabus at Hand…

>> … is valuable for transparency when school agencies knock at your door;

>> … is good for keeping discipline throughout your school year;

>> … is to have an adaptable sample for many more years to come

>> … will grow you feeling confident about what to teach next week when life is getting busy;

>> … is a good thing because you teach with the result in mind.

Should you Read on? Yes, if one or More Facts Describe you. You…

>> … have already bought a curriculum;

>> … aim to reach long-term goals in teaching;

>> … preview lessons before you start teaching them;

>> … enjoy creating order in your homeschool approach;

>> … like planning your year in advance and sticking with the plan.

To get an idea of what such planning looks like you may check the table below and order the newsletter to access the other posts of this series.

Sample Class Schedule in the First Years of Primary Education

Day’s Lesson Hour to start Length in min Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
0 09:00 am 10 Devotional Devotional Devotional Devotional Devotional
1 09:15 am 60 1st Language 1st Language 1st Language 1st Language 1st Language
2 10:45 am 45 2nd Language 2nd Language Natural Sciences Natural Sciences Bible / Religion
3 11:40 am 60 Math Math Math Math Math
4 12:45 am 45 Music Bible/ Religion Home Economics Art Art
End 1.30 pm
Extras 16:00 pm 60   PE   PE  
Extras 17:00 pm 60 Baseball   Piano    

This is one example of a week’s class schedule actionable for homeschooling or in contexts without any objective Common Core. It is the estimated time to invest throughout one scholarly year in elementary level, grades 1-4. If you like it detailed per half an hour for each grade from currently K-11 check Confessions of a Homeschooler resources.

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