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Our Learning Curve || A Curriculum Review

Our Learning Curve is a resource for children of color, families raising children of color, and diverse classrooms. We provide impactful curriculum and unit studies that promote multicultural learning, self-reflection and self-identity, and self-esteem. We’re excited to be participating in the Wading in Curriculum Series at Just a Simple Home.

 

Culturally inclusive homeschooling is homeschooling that is culturally responsive. It facilitates the learning of all peoples. This means that it takes into consideration and includes persons of varying or different backgrounds. Rather than limiting the homeschooling environment to one that is reflective of traditional education, using the same divisive and biased products, and resources that reflect an all white, all male audience only, it reflects the diversification of the world. It accentuates worldly cultural references, making it relatable and accessible to all rather than just a few. You can read more about multicultural homeschooling on the blog.

 

“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life”.

W. E. B. Du Bois

 

In addition, education must also reflect life! Sadly, traditional educational materials don’t often do that, if at all. It is unfortunate that the homeschooling world has also followed suit. Readily available materials tend to show only one viewpoint. Here, in the United States, education is taught from a European view of the world. However, the United States is not and was never a European or Anglo nation. Actual people already inhabited the land. The United States is part of one land, one continent, America. America is divided into the North and the South, both of which were lands occupied by brown people prior to the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European groups. Despite this, persons of color are systematically excluded from American history. The same few stories get told over and over. At OLC, we want to tell more stories, the stories that go unvoiced. We want everyone to be included in history. And, we want to invite non-persons of color to learn right along with us.

 

Who this curriculum is geared towards?

Our Learning Curve’s curriculum and unit studies are geared toward everyone. The materials positively reflect persons of color and can be used in an inclusive or diverse setting. Our unit studies include book lists, suggested materials, art projects, reflection questions, word puzzles, copy work, vocabulary, and more. There is literally something for everyone in each jam-packed unit study.

What learning styles are matched?

Because OLC’s materials are designed from a unit study and project-based learning approach, they can be applicable for various learning styles, especially those which promote learning by doing, hands-on activities, and repetition. Unit studies allow for specialized instruction and discovery of a topic that is then extended to every subject. This enables children to focus on the things they love or are interested in while learning at the same time.

What is the age range for these materials?

Materials created by OLC are ideal for children from Kindergarten to the 8th grade, however, the materials can be adapted for various levels and needs.

My children’s thoughts?

My kid’s love the materials that I create and offer to other families. They are my guinea pigs if you will. When creating, they are my inspiration.

 

Here is my son with our Mexico Unit Study while on our recent trip to Mexico. I simply printed it out, placed it in a folder, and packed it up with some supplies for my children.

Children need to be able to see themselves within the material that they are being taught. It is how they learn best! Our priority at Our Learning Curve is to be a bridge for this gap. Whether you are a student of color, parent of color or a parent/guardian of children of color, it is our goal to serve you. Our courses and products are created as an alternative to traditional lessons which typically exclude children of color. We also provide a plethora of free tools and posts about culturally inclusive learning, whether you homeschool or use traditional means.

For a limited time, OLC is offering our Proverbs in Color Copywork for readers of Just a Simple Home for FREE! That’s right! For FREE! Just go to our store, add Proverbs in Color to your cart, and enter code PP13AFW6 when checking out and bam!

This is a copywork book introducing proverbs from all over the world. It includes proverbs from Africa, Asia, and other countries.

Included in this unit study, you will find:

  • Over 40 pages of content
  • Proverbs from all over the world
  • Notebooking pages for copywork
  • Full manuscript lined pages
  • Coloring Pages
  • And more!

Ideal for K-8th grade.

Click here to download yours.

 


 

 

Hi! I’m Kat aka Mama Dot! Nice to meet you. I’m a homeschooling mom of three boys. By day, I run a mom’s blog (Being Mama Dot) and subscription service (Wombology). In my downtime, I create resources for families homeschooling children of color at Our Learning Curve. I love coffee, reggaeton (music in Spanish), knitting, and reading. My favorite thing to do is to feel my feet in the sand. #beachbum. Currently, I am an MA/Ph.D. student in Africana and Latin American studies. When I am not in school, I spend my days running my online business and taking care of my little ones. Make sure to check out OLC’s Instagram and  Twitter.

 

 

 

 

Our Learning Curve review

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Lilly
    June 12, 2019 at 8:49 am

    This is so needed!

  • Reply
    Sandra
    June 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

    This looks like it fills a much-needed gaping hole in the homeschool curriculum world! Thank you for all your labor!

  • Reply
    Penny
    June 13, 2019 at 6:04 am

    What a great resource! So glad you have created this needed curriculum!

  • Reply
    Marla
    June 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Proverbs from around the world, what a great idea. I am always looking for folktales from various countries…they can be hard to find but are a great way for kids to learn and connect with various cultures.

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