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K-8 Program: Curriculum

The Global Village School Elementary Program offers three quality options to choose from:
Global Village "Whole Child, Healthy Planet" Curriculum,
Fully Customized, and Design Your Own.

Want curriculum only? Go to our buy curriculum only page!

Check out these independent reviews of our Whole Child, Healthy Planet Curriculum Guides.

NEWS: Version 6 is ready, and we're celebrating with special discounted pricing!

Grade
Regular Price
New Discounted Price
K
$125
$95
1
$135
$105
2
$135
$105
3
$135
$105
4
$150
$125
5
$165
$150
6
$165
$150
7
$175
$150
8
$175
$150

WHAT'S NEW:

K-8: We reviewed all the resources and updated/added as needed.

K-8: We added several new music resources.

K-3: We added a new sample mini-unit to each grade.

5-8: We added several pages of activity suggestions for the novels.

 

General information about the Whole Child, Healthy Planet Curriculum Guides:

With a learning styles-centered approach, and concentration in diversity and developmental stages, our elementary program focuses on engaging the whole child. The curriculum combines a student-centered approach (creative, flexible, holistic, and experiential, with a learning styles focus) with an emphasis on peace, justice, diversity, and sustainability.

The curriculum guides are centered on the four core principles of the Earth Charter:

(1) Respect and Care for the Community of Life
(2) Ecological Integrity
(3) Social and Economic Justice
(4) Democracy, Nonviolence, Peace and Diversity

Our K-8 curriculum guides cover all of the core academic subjects in a way that engages students through a sense of enchantment, awe, and wonder as well as through incorporation of art, music, nature, imagination, and story.

“Living Books”

While most standard curriculum is shaped by a textbook and a workbook, the Global Village Whole Child, Healthy Planet Curriculum guides are built around the inspiration found in many types of literature. Sometimes we do suggest a text or a workbook, but more often we look for books that will foster the same learning in a more creative, beautiful and fulfilling way. In many ways our choice of books resembles the idea of “living books” that early home educator Charlotte Mason proposes. Some of the qualities of living books are:


(1) Literature created by a person with an obvious special interest in his/her subject.
(2) A personal, human, emotional quality to what is presented.
(3) Books that are inspiring and attractive to the student’s spirit as well as intellect.
(4) Books that promote a sense of wonder and appreciation.

A few of the authors whose work is featured or recommended in our K8 curriculum include Craig and Marc Kielburger, Alice Walker, Howard Zinn, Sherman Alexie, Julia Butterfly Hill, Deborah Ellis, Barbara Lewis, Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Rudyard Kipling, Scott O’Dell, Shel Silverstein, and Madeleine L’Engle.

A sampling of the books in our K8 curriculum includesKids’ Guide to Service Projects, Everyday Life in the Ancient World, Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak, and A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky, as well as novels, nature journals, and much more.

K8 Curriculum Reviews:

Global Village is truly a school with heart. After looking over the curriculum I realized how gentle the learning style is, and how easy it would be to learn almost anything if the material is presented in a way that touches the core self. I don't think I remember anything from my schooling experience that didn't touch me in some way. But most of my learning was rote and was forgotten almost immediately after test taking time. I also think that the love of learning is learned. Certainly Global Village teaches that love of learning. It is not fear based, but based in a true curiosity about the world. How can a child truly learn when his or her focus is the fear around test taking and memorization? If the strongest emotion around schooling is fear, then that fear gets connected to the learning process. Global Village School promotes the love of learning, not the fear of failing to learn. Wow! What a concept! Isn't this what we want for our children? I can't wait until my own grandchildren are old enough to participate in this program. Nancy Hart, M.A., MFCC

We received our "Whole Child, Healthy Planet" curriculum guide last week. We are so excited that we found Global Village School. I feel as though the curriculum was written for our family. I truly never thought I'd find a curriculum... that "fit" us, but now we have! Thank you for helping us navigate an even more meaningful path of homeschooling with our kids. The resource list in "Whole Child, Healthy Planet" allows me to spend a little less time hunting for the right materials and more time enjoying learning with my kids! What a gift. - Beth Campbell-Rafdal.

We enjoyed last year's guide, but this year's had even more amazing book recommendations - wow! We ordered so many of them and can't stop going through them. It's like getting many gifts on a holiday or birthday and you don't know what to open first! We are excited about another fantastic year. Thanks, GVS! - Deborah Theisen.

As a new homeschooling parent with definite leanings toward “nontraditional” education, I have many questions and have reviewed numerous methods, curricula, guides, etc. My favorite one, hands down, is the Global Village School Whole Child Healthy Planet Curriculum Guide. It was developed in accordance with the four core principles of the Earth Charter: Respect and Care for the Community of LIfe; Ecological Integrity; Social and Economic Justice; and Democracy, Nonviolence, Peace and Diversity...Many of the books and movies can be borrowed from the library or bought used. This certainly helps the budget conscious family, and who isn’t budget conscious these days? - Christine Tamayo. Read more here: http://blog.denschool.com/global-village-school-whole-child-healthy-planet-curriculum-guide/

Check out our testimonials page to read more about people using GVS curriculum or services: http://www.globalvillageschool.org/testimonials.html

Curriculum Guide Contents:

Each grade level contains lists of core resources plus many extras - most likely much more than you will be able to get through in a year. Each curriculum guide includes:

(1) Resource List: A detailed list of books and resources for the year, along with information on where to get them.

(2) Instructions: Grades K-4 have a detailed sample lesson/unit plan and a sample mini unit plan along with several articles about how to work with the curriculum resources. In the early years the emphasis is on maximum flexibility; our structure empowers parents to emphasize basic skills in a very individualized way while ensuring that learning is experiential and fun. More structure and activity suggestions are added as children transition into Grade 4. Grades 5-8 include even more instruction, with multiple pages of activity suggestions for the core texts.

(3) Scheduling: Grades 4-8 have recommendations on how to schedule the various materials and activities into 9 month-long units. Since there are so many different ways the resources for younger grades can be utilized, Grades K-3 have more free-form recommendations.

(4) Support: General information on the Global Village School Whole Child Healthy Planet method, including articles and coaching tips for parents. These sections will teach you about homeschooling in general and help you make the most of the program materials and guide you through assessment, etc.

(5) Many useful and fun extras including two supplemental reading lists, music suggestions, and a copy of the Earth Charter.

Our aim is to empower parents and children to make the learning process their own. While we provide a full list of resources for the year, suggestions on how to organize your year, sample lesson/unit plans for the younger grades, along with numerous activity suggestions for the upper grades, we do not tell you exactly what to do every step of the way, nor do we provide numerous questions to go with each book or resource. We do not believe that such detail is necessary, nor is it appropriate to expect that all students should engage with the material in the same way. We have found that most families - even those brand new to homeschooling - do just fine with a less restrictive format and the kind of coaching we provide (and most kids do not miss the endless study questions!).

Homeschooling allows you the opportunity to keep the learning process alive by tailoring it to individual and family needs and interests. We encourage you to make the most of it!

Cost savings and flexibility:

Families acquire the books and other resource materials on their own. We prefer to give each family the opportunity to save money and enjoy maximum flexibility in choosing the appropriate resources for their children. Many of the books can be purchased used and some may be available at local libraries. Along with the recommended core resources, we list other options for enrichment. Rather than having to pay for what they might not use, families are free to work within their budget and choose what they like and what most interests their children.



Scope and Sequence:
The Global Village curriculum guides contain a multitude of resources, general instructions on how to use them for a full year’s curriculum, and articles guiding parents through the Whole Child, Healthy Planet homeschooling process. Each grade level contains core resources plus many extras - most likely much more than you will be able to get through in a year. Here’s a brief overview of the highlights of each grade level:


8th grade
Social Studies - US history, told from the people’s perspective. Students learn about the lives of slaves, immigrants, workers, women, Native Americans and more, from sources including actual accounts by the people who were there, historical novels and books that explore social issues and current events from children’s perspectives. Human Rights - Explored through writings by children, for children, on children’s rights. Also includes inspiring stories of children making a difference in the world. Language Arts/Literature - Includes cultural and historical novels, poetry, writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Science - Emphasis on Physical Science; with fun and exciting experiments and readings that make science come alive. Includes topics such as physics, engineering, chemistry, practical applications of science (including some significant mistakes!) Experiments include making a hot air balloon, building a bridge, skateboard science, etc. Also nature study using an art journal. Math - Comprehensive full year’s math curriculum, with an emphasis on mastery and problem solving. Online assessments make it easy for parents to choose the most appropriate level for their child. Also includes films, websites, music, art/nature activities, life skills, study skills, service learning/engaged citizenship with an emphasis on eco-integrity, and character development. Regular price: $175. Sale price: $150.

8th grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

7th grade
Social Studies - Emphasis on world history, covering the full spectrum of history from ancient to modern times, presented in a colorful, humorous, and engaging way. Students learn about life in a medieval village, Arab inventions and science, current events from a child’s perspective, with a particular focus on the Middle East, including Palestinian/Israeli issues, and much more. Also includes cultural geography, in which students learn about the lives of children around the world. Language Arts/Literature - includes cultural and historical novels, poetry, writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Science - Emphasis on Life Science; learning about the human body, biodiversity, plants, animals, classification, science in the garden, nature observations, and fun experiments. Math - Comprehensive full year’s math curriculum, with an emphasis on mastery and problem solving. Online assessments make it easy for parents to choose the most appropriate level for their child. Also includes films, websites, music, art/nature activities, service learning/engaged citizenship, character development, psychology, personal growth, and inspiring stories of children making a difference in the world. Regular price: $175. Sale price: $150.
7th grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

6th grade
Social Studies - Our Social Studies curriculum emphasizes geography and ancient history. Students learn about the lives and art of people around the world (cultural geography through art), countries, continents, landforms, maps, etc. Study the ancient world from a kid’s perspective, what it was like to live in places like ancient Greece and Egypt. Approach is fun, engaging, entertaining. Language Arts/Literature - Historical novels, poetry; writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Science - Emphasis on Earth Science; astronomy, the history of the Earth from the Big Bang up through present time, presented in a colorful and engaging way. Also environmental science, including fun experiments and nature study. Math - Comprehensive full year’s math curriculum, with an emphasis on mastery and problem solving; includes manipulatives. Online assessments make it easy for parents to choose the most appropriate level for their child. Also includes websites, online films, music, art/nature activities, current events, personal growth, service learning and character development. Regular price: $165. Sale price: $150.
6th grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

5th grade
Social Studies - Emphasis on US history, with a focus on kids’ experiences during different periods such as the Civil Rights Movement, slavery, labor strikes, Native American contributions, and inspirational figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks. Also includes cultural geography, in which students learn about the lives of children around the world. Language Arts/Literature - Historical novels, beautifully illustrated books, poetry; writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Science/Eco-Integrity - Emphasis on environmental science (biomes, wildlife, environmental issues, climate change, ways kids can make a difference), also fun experiments such as creating invisible ink and making a fog chamber. Math - Comprehensive full year’s math curriculum, with an emphasis on mastery and problem solving; includes manipulatives. Online assessments make it easy for parents to choose the most appropriate level for their child. Also includes films, music, art, health, nature activities, service learning and character development. Regular price: $165. Sale price: $150.
5th grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

4th Grade
Some of us remember 4th grade as being the year that the fun went out of school. It does not have to be that way! Our aim is for 4th grade students to expand their skills and knowledge without losing the gentleness, fun and creativity of the earlier years. Social Studies Smorgasbord - Introduction to world history through study of The Renaissance, including an emphasis on the life, art, and inventions of Leonardo da Vinci; Geography - learning about cultures and countries around the world. Cultural crafts and activities; Students also study US geography and their home state. Language Arts/Literature - Engaging stories and fairy tales, including several on heroes of all kinds. Writing skills, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Science - Introduction to the solar system, fun physics experiments, nature study, learning about (and creating some of) Leonardo da Vinci’s numerous inventions. Art - Calligraphy, illuminated manuscripts, and more. Math - Comprehensive full year’s math curriculum, with an emphasis on mastery and problem solving; includes manipulatives. Online assessments make it easy for parents to choose the most appropriate level for their child. Also includes music, nature activities, and character development. Regular price: $150. Sale price: $125.
4th grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

3rd Grade
Whole child - Similarities and differences, courage, moods. Science/Eco-Integrity - Animal behavior, nature poetry, animal stories, how to make a difference, a multitude of general science information for families to choose from. Language Arts - Reading, spelling, grammar, cursive writing. Social Studies/Diversity/History - True-life stories about people (often children) in places such as Tibet, Palestine, Africa, India, Mexico, Iraq; maps and geography; early US history, US history through art projects; African-Americans. Math - Basic math skills including multiplication, fun math games. Arts - Learning about different artists; art projects. Regular price: $135. Sale price: $105.
3rd grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

2nd Grade
Social Studies/Diversity - Children around the world, moving more in-depth into specific countries, such as France and Palestine; African-American culture; introductory Spanish vocabulary. History - Ancient history, the Ice Age. Whole child - Compassion, meditation for children, exploring faiths of children around the world. Science - The Amazon, dolphins, wildlife in places such as India and Australia, ecosystems, nature art. Language Arts - Grammar, homonyms, poetry, spelling, writing, stories. Math - Several different resources present 2nd grade math skills. Arts - painting, pastels, sketching; study of artists such as da Vinci, Picasso, Matisse, and Van Gogh. Regular price: $135. Sale price: $105.
2nd grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

1st Grade
Language Arts - Early reading skills, poetry, stories. Math - Basic math skills taught in creative and engaging ways, math games, counting poems. Science - A story and activity-based introduction to biomes, ecosystems, botany (flowers, planting seeds), animals, and more. Social Studies/Diversity - Introductory geography, uniqueness of people and cultures, friendship, children around the world. Peace Studies -The word “peace” around the world. Art - Child as artist, pencils, watercolors, introduction to great works of art. Regular price: $135. Sale price: $105.
1st grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)

Kindergarten
Educating the whole child - Getting along with others, self-confidence, etc. Emphasis on readiness education and learning through play. Language/Reading - Alphabet, basic reading skills (familiarization with the alphabet and sounds [Montessori]), storytelling, word play, songs, making books. Introductory mathematics - learning to count through real experiences. Science - Exploring the natural world – tide pools, animals, weather, etc. Arts and crafts - learning colors and shapes through art and workbooks. Celebrating diversity - Learning about children around the world. Practical life exercises - caring for things, cleaning up, etc. And - Making sure there’s time for daydreaming! Regular price: $125.
Sale price: $95.
K grade curriculum guide sample (6th edition)


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Fully Customized Curriculum:

Curriculum is fully customized to meet the individual needs, interests, and learning style of the student. The A Self-Portrait Profile (created by Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis and Victoria Hodson, and featured in their book, Discover Your Child's Learning Style) assesses several aspects of learning style, quickly and simply, in language that is easily understood by everyone. Please feel free to read more about the Learning Styles Profile.

GVS offers Customized Curriculum for families who want an alternative to regular curriculum. A Learning Styles Profile is used to determine the students learning style. Once students are enrolled, we forward their LSP and enrollment forms to the curriculum consultant; she schedules a phone conference with the parent to create the curriculum for each child. A specific list of recommended materials, (books, videos, etc.), and information on how to order them will be provided to you. Customized Curriculum covers the cost of the Learning Styles Profile and the curriculum consultation. You purchase the books and materials based on the recommendations in the customized curriculum plan.

The regular cost for a consultation is $425. Enrolled families pay $350.

Families who are not interested in enrolling to receive teacher support but do want to work with GVS to put together a customized curriculum plan can do so at the regular price.


Unschooling Program:

Some students are already very independent learners; they know what they want to learn and how to go about it. Some families have been traditional homeschoolers for years and already know how to provide an excellent learning environment for their children. At Global Village we acknowledge and support the value of this type of education. We will work with you in designing and documenting a non-traditional unschooling program that meets legal requirements as well as the unique needs and interests of your family. You can purchase any Global Village courses that interest you, as well as designing your own. When you contact us, let your enrollment advisor know that you are interested in our unschooling program option.


Design Your Own Curriculum:

This option is ideal for families who want to do their own thing but need some help making sure they cover all the bases. You and your family will research and choose materials that you would like to use throughout the school year.  You submit your list to Global Village. We will review it for grade level, content, etc. Once approved, you will purchase the materials and begin.  There is a $125 fee for the review of the proposed curriculum.  There is no curriculum fee, as you will be purchasing materials on your own.


Purchasing Curriculum only:

Families may purchase books or course materials without enrolling in Global Village School. However, this option does not provide you with a Global Village teacher or with other support services, nor does it imply that you are enrolled in our school. To read more about this option and access our online order form, click here.

 

See our typical enrolled student costs on our fees page. Please see our how to enroll page for more information about the enrollment and payment process.

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