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The Possibilities of a Customized Curriculum

August 12, 2019

By: Kendall Hunt RPD with contributions from the writing team of Pathways 2.0 and By Design Science grades 1-8

As we return to the classroom, with the new school year comes the chance to implement a new curriculum. This year, why not take a leap and try a customized curriculum? A customized curriculum puts you in control of your students’ success. You are the one who knows your organization’s unique core beliefs best. Our team works with you and listens to your needs in order to build your goal-oriented, customized curriculum.

“Customized” can mean different things in different educational settings, and the Kendall Hunt Religious Publishing Division is ready to handle them all. Here are just a few of the unique things that are possible with a customized curriculum that a conventional curriculum can’t always deliver.

A customized curriculum can be …

Faith based

If your faith is an integral part of your life, it’s logical that you want it to be a part of the lessons you teach your students. Rather than keeping faith separate from students’ educational lives, use the rich heritage of your faith to create a rigorous curriculum that promotes academic achievement along with moral values and responsibilities. With a customized curriculum, whether in science or language arts, you can incorporate elements of scripture, religious teaching, or any aspect of your community’s worldview, things that simply aren’t possible in a standard curriculum. The ByDesign Science program does just that, with an engaging, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curriculum that nurtures children’s natural curiosity as they explore the wonders of God’s creation through the lens of the Bible.

Inquiry based

Questions and discovery learning are proven ways of enriching student success, and the use of inquiry-based learning rather than straight lecture and textbook study is easy with a customized curriculum. Rather than being bound by the structure and pacing of a conventional curriculum, you can use a customized curriculum to incorporate experiments, projects, and most importantly, carefully posed questions to enhance learning. The ByDesign Science program allows students to learn the language and process of science while developing their own questioning skills through inquiry.

Multigrade

For schools that follow a multigrade organizational pattern, a customized curriculum is a saving grace. Rather than struggling to adapt traditional lesson plans and activities to function effectively and productively in a multigrade classroom, use a customized curriculum such as Pathways 2.0. This language arts program for grades 1–8 features Daily Lesson Guides combining two grades for ease of use in a multigrade setting. ByDesign Science also features a four-year cycle of Grades 1–4 and Grades 5–8, with a multigrade teacher guide.

Technologically savvy

Twenty-first-century students need skills of digital and technological literacy, and a customized curriculum can incorporate such skills in ways that a conventional curriculum sometimes can’t.  For example, the ByDesign Science program offers both print and eBook resources, including flash applications for PC and Mac and HTML applications for iPad. In classrooms with one-to-one technology resources, the online additions to the print textbook give students ways to practice their technology skills and learn anytime, anywhere. Virtual reality, which is incorporated into the ByDesign Science program through VictoryVR, is another exciting technological innovation that allows students to explore faraway locations and brings learning to life. The design and structure of a standard curriculum don’t always allow for such seamless implementation of technology, but with a customized curriculum, the world is at students’ fingertips.

How would you use a customized curriculum to change your classroom for the better?