Learn about Daily Wonder's sophisticated curriculum, how to homeschool, and how to support your child to meet the world with purpose.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grades and subjects do you cover?
Grades 1-7: Lesson plans specifically connect Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies learning outcomes to activities. Lessons also cover Arts Education, Applied Design, Skills & Technology, Career Education, Physical & Health Education and could be linked to your ministry outcomes if required. Each monthly unit will indicate both a focus for Social Emotional Learning and First Peoples' Principles of Learning. Kindergarten: We have a Fall & Winter seasonal packages available now and our Spring package is coming soon.
Daily Wonder Home Learning Hub can be accessed anywhere in the world! Our curriculum is guided by the developing child's needs and created by licensed teachers which makes it transferable to wherever you are. The learning outcomes and concepts attached to the activities in the lesson plans will give you the confidence that your child is covering curriculum in age appropriate ways. The Daily Wonder wording for concepts is taken from western Canada's Ministry of Education curriculum since that is the location of Daily Wonder Headquarters. Curriculum is transferable to any location since children develop in the same way wherever they are.
Here is an example:
Daily Wonder Concept for Grade 2 Language Arts: Through listening and speaking, we connect with others and share our world. Texas, USA Concept for Grade 2 Language Arts: The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion Ireland, Concept for Primary grades Language Arts: Communicating as a listener, speaker, reader, writer forms the curriculum.
As mentioned, Daily Wonder has students all around the world, so when it comes to learning about your specific province/state in Grade 4, and country, in Grade 5, we provide step-by-step guidance as to what aspects of history and geography you'll bring to your child each week of the unit. You, the parent, or teacher, will then research and gather the information necessary to share with your child or learning pod students. And with Daily Wonder, each week is laid out so you can prepare with ease.
Regarding teaching about the continents, Grade 6 covers North America and Europe, and Grade 7 covers Africa and Asia. If you live on a continent not covered in the Daily Wonder curriculum, you can take ideas from any of the continental studies and adapt them to your needs.
Since Daily Wonder typically does all the planning for you, in these three units (local, provincial/state and country geography units), we've included a comprehensive breakdown of topics to cover along with website links to help you find suitable material. In the preceding units there are reminders about these upcoming history/geography units and what work needs to be done. It may take 1-2 weeks to prepare for a history/geography unit, and we suggest using the built-in flex week to finish much of this work.
What about grades and report cards?
We are not a school; we do not submit any records to the province/state for anyone. We provide parent-led homeschool curriculum that you can download and use to teach your children at home. You, the parent, are responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements for homeschooling in your area. Although we have aligned our curriculum to meet learning standards, we are not responsible for ensuring that your family covers them.
Tests are not part of the Daily Wonder lesson plans or resources. There are suggestions for assessing your child's learning through observations embedded in some of the lesson plans. You can determine where your child is at based on the daily review and their written output. If you are with a Distance Learning school, they will assign you a teacher who will have three meetings a year with you and your child. During those meetings, they will assess where your child is, based on the work you show them and then issue a report card.
How does this work?
You need to register as a homeschooler wherever you live in the world. Once your child is registered as a homeschooler, you can use Daily Wonder's secular curriculum as your entire educational program. In BC, if your child is enrolled as a home learner at a Distance Learning (DL) school, Daily Wonder can be used as part of their Student Learning Plan (SLP) in consultation with your assigned teacher at their DL school. See this page for more information about homeschooling.
Purchase your Daily Wonder curriculum in 3 easy ways:
Full Year: One full school year of daily lesson plans delivered to your inbox.
Monthly: Purchase a ten-month subscription. Receive access to one month of daily lesson plans every 4 weeks. Billed monthly, cancel anytime.
A la Carte: Pick and choose any unit of any grade based on your family's unique needs.
All of our daily lesson plans can either be downloaded and/or printed off by you at home, or you can have it open on your laptop while your morning lesson is taking place - it's up to you.
Our curriculum (yearly, monthly or a la carte) includes your Daily Wonder membership and access to the Hub with supporting documents, instructional videos, resources and community.
What? I don't have to do any lesson planning? You're doing it all for me?
Yep, that's right, we are doing all the hard work of daily lesson planning so you can be present for the wonder.
A full year includes 10 months with 15 days of lesson planning per month plus 5 days of flexible independent projects.
That's 200 days of lesson planning done for you!
So I don't need to prepare anything?
Although we have done all of the lesson planning for you, you will still need to prepare for each month by reading over the month overview ahead of time and gathering any supplies and books required for the month. We will also provide links each day in preparation for bringing your child's learning in the best way.
Will my child be learning online?
No. Daily Wonder is an online Home Learning Hub for parents to access daily curriculum, expert guidance and peer support. Our mission is to empower parents to provide integrated, creative, hands -on curriculum for their home learners that meet grade level learning outcomes.
What if I have more than one child? How I can I bring multiple grades to my children?
Our suggestion is that you start the day together and do opening verses, movement and math practice together. You can support each child with their math workbook practice. Then you begin to focus on one child at a time. Have set activities for the other two children each day. Think ahead of time what they will be doing that can be done independently. Your youngest may have a basket of blocks or beads to string, a picture to draw. Keep it simple and engaging for them. And teach them that each of your children gets this extra special time to work with you alone. Then they each wait their turn . Then you work 1 on 1 with each child for the review and the new material sections. This leads them straight to bookwork. Once they are clear on what to do for book work they go back to independent work and you begin with the next child. Start working 1 on 1 with your oldest child so when they are done they can read or play quietly until everyone is done. Then gather everyone for stories and closing verses. You will have 3 different stories so spread them out. Read one at morning lesson, one in the afternoon and one at bedtime.
For more information read our blog post which goes into more depth about homeschooling multiple children in multiple grades.
Is Daily Wonder Curriculum Religious?
Daily Wonder curriculum explores many significant religions from around the world and across time within the context of history and geography. For example, Grade 6 explores Christianity and its impact on the world related to Roman and Medieval Times. Daily Wonder does not guide parents to bring Christianity as a religious practice, rather a historical understanding. Throughout the years, Daily Wonder explores Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Islam, and Christianity as it relates to the human story. Daily Wonder is integrative, and as such, we aim to immerse the child in the experience of the people they are studying. So, for example, in Grade 5, when learning about Ancient India, it's suggested that children chant Buddhist prayers in Sanskrit. In Grade 3, when studying creation stories, it is suggested that children learn to recite prayers in Hebrew. The Lord's Prayer is recommended as a verse to learn in Grade 6 because it fits with the Roman unit of study. There is an additional opportunity to learn it in Latin, which can be an exciting and challenging experience. This holistic and integrative approach, with a wide lens, promotes cultural appreciation and diversity of perspective.
Daily Wonder is not a religious curriculum, yet it is spiritually-minded with a foundation that acknowledges the unseen spiritual world. Parents will find verses and songs that refer to spiritual realms and offer terms such as Spirit or God. It is entirely up to parents whether they would like to use these verses or choose others that suit their values. Daily Wonder is a flexible curriculum that you can adjust to suit the needs of your family.
I want to create a Learning Pod, can I use Daily Wonder for that?
Although not a requirement, Daily Wonder curriculum can be very effective when used in the new grassroots idea of learning pods, where a cluster of families come together to educate their children. The morning lesson requires one to two hours and the rest of the day can allow a learning pod to do meaningful activities, household chores and field trips which can all be linked to learning outcomes.
I want my child to have an education that is reflective of the diverse human experience.
Yes! This is an essential part of education. Daily Wonder integrates folktales, myths, religious stories, legends and historical perspectives from around the world. Children who follow Daily Wonder through the grades will discover many of the major cultures and religions that helped shift human consciousness over the ages. Through hands-on, creative curriculum that follows the human story through these major shifts, children naturally come to honor and appreciate the diversity of the world, while at the same time recognizing similar shifts happening within themselves.
I like the sound of simplified homeschooling without the pressure, but I need to know that my child will be ready for high school and post-secondary education.
Absolutely! Timing is everything! Daily Wonder instills a love of learning, and a curiosity about the world. These are the main ingredients that create a life-long learner. In our previous work we celebrated the success of many students who transitioned to high school and post-secondary education. The feedback from their teachers was that these children stand out as inquisitive, disciplined, focused, and engaged in the learning process. The young child learns through hands-on activity and curriculum that nourishes their imagination. Learning experiences that ignite wonder become the seed for future high level thinking.
How do I create a homeschooling experience that honours my own child's frame of reference?
Daily Wonder uses story as the foundation for curriculum delivery. Studies have shown that a child measures their own potential against possibilities presented to them through experience or story. With this in mind, Daily Wonder has reached out to colleagues across the globe to help build a library of resources that reflect the many experiences of diversity, and maintain the integrity of the lesson objectives. You will be able to choose from among hundreds of stories to best reflect your child's individual experience.
What if, as a parent, bringing Daily Wonder to my child, connects me to my own path of self-development?
Bringing Daily Wonder to your child means awakening your own connection to the wonder of the world. This happens naturally as you immerse yourself in the daily lessons. Daily Wonder curriculum offers parents an opportunity to self reflect with weekly questions.
I'm looking for a curriculum that nurtures my connection and attachment to my child.
We know that the primary and most important relationship is that of a child to parent. In our modern times of fast-paced living, a certain level of anxiety has become the new norm. Daily Wonder Home Learning gives you permission to slow down and take a deep breath!
I want to create a home life that feels peaceful.
Rhythm forms the healthy foundation for your child’s learning experience. With a predictable and steady routine, children thrive and unfold. Based on our understanding of child development, our experienced teachers have designed a fully integrated education with overlapping core subjects, woven with artistic expression and rich in culturally diverse stories and music. We will offer guidelines and suggestions for how to create a nourishing, home based rhythm that feels natural to your family life.
Sometimes it can be challenging to establish a rhythm and routine, but we promise that if you dedicate yourself to building this Daily Wonder routine, after 6 weeks, you will notice a home life with more peaceful moments, more gratitude and more opportunities for growth.
Please read our blog post on building rhythm and routine and creating a homeschooling schedule.
I want to create a homeschooling environment for my child, but I also want them to find community.
Through our years of class teaching and guiding families, we are inspired by the emphasis on community. Therefore, we continue to be dedicated to building conscious community. On our Home Learning Hub we offer guidance around connecting with other Daily Wonder homeschooling families. Cultivating social renewal, a deep reverence and care for humanity, and navigating social relationships with compassion and consciousness, is at the root of Daily Wonder. Community and the individual’s role within the community is also the foundation of Indigenous values. We want you to see how inter-generational gatherings of family members, along with neighbourhood activities and Daily Wonder community gatherings and celebrations can become part of your rich home learning experience.
How can I uncover my child’s gifts and inspire them to follow their dreams?
Daily Wonder is influenced by First Peoples Principles of Learning and Waldorf education, to name a few, and therefore acknowledges the spiritual gifts that children bring with them. It is through meaningful education that we uncover these gifts. By awakening a child’s connection to creativity and self-expression, gifts unfold with wonder and joy.