"Curriculum" is a broad and sometimes confusing term that can have many meanings. Some people call workbooks for parents, PowerPoint slides, or the combination of several of these a "curriculum."
We use a broader and more holistic definition for curriculum: a plan for learning.
We believe that a curriculum should be designed to prepare the educator to teach. It should guide the educator through the process of developing a course, show them how to organize and present information, and most importantly, help them engage students in the process of learning.
Here's a summary of all that a curriculum includes:
Plumtree Baby's Childbirth Curriculum was first published in 2012 and was a groundbreaking new resource. Since that time, it has been revised and enhanced and is now in the third edition. In addition, we have published additional curriculums for postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn classes.
As a company founded by educators, we created our curriculums to be practical, flexible and most of all, time-saving for both new and experienced educators. Our curriculums include a framework to guide all aspects of a childbirth course, including big-picture course goals, specific teaching strategies, class activities and more. These pieces work together to provide an adaptable and comprehensive resource.
After completing training, new childbirth educators are often faced with the challenging process of writing their curriculum and lesson plans from scratch. This time-consuming and frequently frustrating process can detract from other efforts to start a career as a childbirth educator, such as marketing or gaining teaching experience. Hundreds of new childbirth educators have used our curriculum as an alternative to writing their own, saving them time, energy and frustration.
Our curriculum includes a wide-array of topics, dozens of class handouts and activities and flexible lesson plans. The curriculum topics and lesson plans correspond with our parent workbooks, making it easy to switch to using a new workbook. Experienced educators who are looking to revise or upgrade their teaching resources or lesson plans appreciate how easy the curriculum is to use and customize the content to meet their needs.