I'm having trouble with my curruiculum. My school has no set curriculum, and as a first year teacher, this is extremely overwhelming. Not only that, but I did my student teaching in 5th grade, so my knowledge about kindergarten is very little. I'm confused about the order in which I teach skills. They give us benchmarks for the year, but I still can't quite figure out how to map it throughout the year. Do I teach reading with a letter a week? When do I start doing word families? When do I start sight words? Can they write in journals? if so, when do i start that? These are the things I'm confused about. It's a private school and they don't even provide text books, so I dont even have a series to help me out with the skills. Also with Math. How long do I wait to teach adding, subtracting, etc??? What skills do I start with? So many skills are based on other skills and I don't want to confuse my students. I just wish I had something to guide me! Also, what are some things I need to have prepared for the first day of school. Should I have something to give my parents? When do I start giving homework? So many teachers I talk to say, "oh dont worry, you'll learn as the year goes", but to me thats not being prepared enough. aaaaaaahhhhhh!!!! Someone please help! I need some kind of guidence or materials to inform me on these things! I apologize for the rambling, but as a first year teacher in a school that doesn't help with curriculum a whole lot, I feel like I'm sinking quickly...and the year hasn't even started!!!