Curriculum Department End-of-Year Reflections
As the end of the school year is drawing near, it is important to take time to reflect on this past school year. This act of reflection is important for both the parent and the student as it helps to mentally close out the year and prepare for the next year. This time of reflection can help to refocus priorities while giving a clear pathway for the future. Sage Oak has created an End-of-Year Reflection form that you may want to use, or you can make a digital copy and edit it to fit your family. Enjoy this time of reflection!
Curriculum Walkthrough Videos
Do you want to take a peek inside some curriculum that you are considering purchasing? Check out our Curriculum Walkthrough Videos as a quick glance inside some of the most popular curriculum to show you the various components and setup of each program.
Curriculum and Checklists
The TFs/EAs at Sage Oak are here to help you choose curriculum and resources to make your educational journey a success. To help you get started, you can review the checklists and recommended curriculum below.
Curriculum Comparison Charts by Subject
Please note that the vendor who created these charts (Rainbow Resource) sells religious curriculum, which Sage Oak cannot purchase. The charts clearly note what is religious and what is not.
Parent Feedback on Curriculum
We have asked parents to provide feedback on the curriculum they use in their home educating environments. We hope this will be a great resource for you as you are choosing your curriculum.
- All About Reading
- All About Spelling
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Math U See
- Oak Meadow
- Right Start Math
- Saxon Math
- Singapore Math
- Story of the World
- Teaching Textbooks
Subscription Based Curriculum
Help bring learning to life with some of our fun and educational subscription vendors! These can be purchased with your instructional funds.
- Little Passports- Social Studies
- Kiwi Crates- Science
- Ivy Kids- Reading
- Raddish Kids- Cooking
- Groovy Labs in a Box- Science
- History Unboxed- History
- Genius Box- Science STEM-based
California State Library Online Resources
These content resources or "library databases" provide teachers, parents, and students with a massive online library of books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos, and more -- all aligned with curriculum that California has created for its schools.
- Encyclopedia Brittanica
Getting Started Videos for School Provided Subscriptions
Here are quick tutorial videos to show parents how to log in and navigate the various subscriptions that Sage Oak has provided.
- Brain Pop
- Discovery Education
- Moby Max
- Tales 2 Go- Scroll to the very last tutorial on the page “Using Tales 2 Go at Home (Parents)”
In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Common Core State Standards are research and evidence based, aligned with college and work expectations, rigorous, and internationally benchmarked.
Common Core Overview
Myths vs. Facts: Myths and facts aimed to address the more common misconceptions about the Common Core
Common Core Informational Brochures
- Kindergarten through grade two
- Grades three through five
- Grades six through eight
- Grades nine through twelve
Common Core Curriculum and Standards
- Grade Level Curriculum adopted by the CDE
- California ELA Common Core State Standards (updated 3/2013)
- California Mathematics Common Core State Standards (updated 4/2013)
- Common Core Checklists
- Student Friendly Standards
- "I Can" Standards
Common Core and Homeschool Curriculum
Homeschool Road Map: Click on “Common Core Project” and see the various organized lists of homeschool curriculums and their alignment with Common Core standards.
Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Per the Next Gen Science group (nextgenscience.org), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
NGSS rests on a view of science as both a body of knowledge and an evidence-based, model and theory building enterprise that continually extends, refines, and revises knowledge. It presents three dimensions that will be combined to form each standard: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and Engineering Practices.
Disciplinary Core Ideas have the power to focus K–12 science curriculum, instruction and assessments on the most important aspects of science. To be considered core, the ideas should meet at least two of the following criteria and ideally all four:
- Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline;
- Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems;
- Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge;
- Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.
Disciplinary ideas are grouped in four domains: the physical sciences; the life sciences; the earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science.
Cross-Cutting Concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include: Patterns, similarity, and diversity; Cause and effect; Scale, proportion and quantity; Systems and system models; Energy and matter; Structure and function; Stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically-based view of the world.
Engineering Practices describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate and build models and theories about the natural world and the key set of engineering practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems. The NRC uses the term practices instead of a term like “skills” to emphasize that engaging in scientific investigation requires not only skill but also knowledge that is specific to each practice. Part of the NRC’s intent is to better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires.
Although engineering design is similar to scientific inquiry, there are significant differences. For example, scientific inquiry involves the formulation of a question that can be answered through investigation, while engineering design involves the formulation of a problem that can be solved through design. Strengthening the engineering aspects of the Next Generation Science Standards will clarify for students the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the four STEM fields) to everyday life.
The Sage Oak Intervention Program is a multi-tiered approach to help students perform at grade level standards. An instructional intervention is a specific program or set of steps to help a child improve in an area of need. Instructional interventions focus on subjects like reading or math. The Sage Oak intervention program consists of support through the Student Study Team (SST) process and specifically targeted student populations.
Tier 1: Students receive quality instruction that is differentiated based on their needs. Parent educators may use any of the Intervention Strategies for the Home Environment listed here to assist in their child’s education.
Tier 2: Specific student populations who are not making adequate progress towards state standards are offered an intervention option. This may include the use of tutoring or intervention specific curriculum. All students have access to intervention specific curriculum through the purchasing of items with instructional funds. Here are recommend resources for Reading and Math.
Tier 3: Student who are not making adequate progress after participating in Tier 2, may participate in the Student Study Team process, to have an individual, intensive plan created to help them meet grade level standards.