Building an awesome and dynamic curriculum can be ROUGH. It takes a lot of time to organize and it takes a lot of knowledge. Having done it quite a few times for preschool programs, recreational gymnastics, team gymnastics, and now our unique NINJA MONKEYS program, I can confidently say that having a clear and consistent curriculum is a cornerstone to keeping kids enrolled in your classes.
After all, the classes you offer are the product you sell, and what sets your product above the rest is your attention to the details. If a kid is bored, or a parent doesn't understand what their child is learning, you will lose that client, and your under-performing curriculum is probably the culprit.
It's so important that your program be concise and transparent so that kids and parents fully understand the journey they will take with you. The more they understand, and the better the material is, the happier your clients will be and the more likely they will sing praises to everyone!
Not sure if your curriculum is doing its fair share of the work? Let's dig a little deeper! Here are some things to keep in mind when constructing/revamping your programming:
1. ARE YOU AN EXPERT ON CURRENT TRENDS? and experts ask questions...
Clean slate... do you know what's up in our industry right now? Who can you ask?
So often we think we know the answers to things, and maybe we do! What I've always found to be true is that when I ask more people's opinions the better my ideas become, because perspective and alternative experiences add flavor and insight to my own material. So ask questions; of your mentors, of google, of your staff, even of your patrons!
Check out SURVEY MONKEY for an easy way to "poll the parents"! Email them a link and get some answers!
2. ARE YOUR CLASS CATEGORIES EXCITING? No one wants to be a "beginner" gymnast..
Is there a Theme to the level names? (I like colors and animals). Your curriculum can be an opportunity to further build your brand identity and excite your students, so get creative!
Check out my THEMES blog for more ideas!