I am just curious about what the "norm" is as far as familiarizing yourself with a new curriculum. My reading curriculum seems really straightforward- I'm just planning on skimming through the first few weeks to make sure I know how the lessons go, etc. and then obviously once it gets closer I'll start actually planning the lessons for the first unit. I actually used it awhile back in a practicum placement, so I'm not very worried. My math curriculum is totally new/different than what I'm used to (we're doing the americanized version of singapore math), so I am taking an online class just to familiarize myself with the strategies and common language of this version of math. The school sets the pace of the curriculum and what is to be taught when, so I don't need to map that out myself. When I went to meet with my new grade level team they printed out the first unit for me, so I planned on really taking a close look at that before school starts. My dad is making me feel lazy ! I was visiting home this past week and he has his new math curriculum (he's at a totally new grade level, one he has not taught before) spread out over the table and is going through the entire book cover to cover! He's reading the teacher's manual, and then going through the student workbook and doing all of the exercises pinpointing what may be difficult, etc. for each chapter. He's been getting up early every day and spending 2-3 hours on this. I feel like I would forget it all by the time february or march rolled around and I actually got to those later topics. I plan on looking at the unit guides (once I have them all) just so I know what the "big picture" of the year is and what will be taught later on, but I wasn't really planning to go through the entire book chapter by chapter or anything. Should I be? Am I being naive in thinking that I can plan this all during the school year? My thinking was that many new teachers wouldn't even have their curriculum that far in advance, so it can't be all that uncommon to not have read the entire thing ahead of time...the only reason I even have mine is that I managed to get down to the school while school was still in session and grab the teacher's manuals from the previous teacher. I don't have the student books.