Westwind Alternate School Grade 1-9 PEP Curricular Update
Resources for our new Loaning Library have been arriving since June. All our curriculum (texts, workbooks, and homeschool styled curriculum), save one, have been ordered. All of these have either arrived or are in the last stages of transit.
Here’s an update on the curricular options we have for this fall’s Monthly and Weekly courses.
The Lending Library will be operational and resources available to students and parents in September.
Here is the link to our Library Spreadsheet (Aug. 20)
- The Good and The Beautiful (grades 1-9)
- Thoughtful Learning (grades 1-9)
- Institute for Excellence in Writing (grades 1-9)
- S&S Publishing / On the Mark Press: Alberta Aligned (grades 1-7)
- Nelson Publishing (grade 1-9)
- The KEY (grade 6, 9)
- To be finalized fall of 2021 for January 2022 implementation, some anticipated selections include
- S&S Publishing / On the Mark Press: Alberta Aligned
- McGraw Hill: Science Focus
- Pearson Publishing: Science in Action
- additional options are being analyzed for availability and viability.
All these curricular options come with a course sequencing / year plan handout. This teacher developed organizer enables students in any curricular option to follow the content covered in our Weekly or Monthly classes.
In addition to these curricular sets, parents also have access to a wide variety of supporting resources. This includes:
- manipulative boxes
- a variety of math games
- a variety of math story books, chapter books, and novels
- grade specific mentor texts
- a variety of extra language arts games
- a variety of extra parent readers, story books, chapter books, and novels
- A variety of extra social studies games and activity sets
- A variety of grade specific readers, story books, chapter books, and novels
NON-SUPPORTED CURRICULAR OPTIONS - We understand the attachments to curriculum which falls outside of what we are able to currently support. (We had hoped to be closer to 5 options in each course. some resources will be 'under investigation' during the 21/22 school year and hopefully our offerings will increase a bit for the next year.) Parents who wish to purchase a specific curricular resources with their own funds are, just like parents in a traditional school, free to do so. Our teachers will not align these resources to the content covered in Weekly and Monthly courses, or use them as part of their regular teacher-assessment processes. They will be focused on the supported options. Teacher year plans do list the order in which content is sequenced. Every unit with each course has a document listing which sections of each curricular resource option should be done at home. These documents also list the work from each curriculum which will be formally assessed by the teacher, as well as listing any other assessed assignments or activities.
Parents can apply, via their teacher, to cover up to 3/8 of a course via Alternatively Delivered Units (see our program brochure for more information). Approval requires details on how each unit will be assessed and a sketch of how content is expected to be covered.
In our opinion, using a non-supported curriculum could be thought of as “doing a course and a half”, or "a course plus enrichment". Many basic skills may match up, but students will often be completing two sets of assignments, one for the un-supported curriculum, and one for a supported curriculum and its associated teacher-decided assessments.