I'm creating a beginners' Japanese tutorial in form of a social todo–list game. It's meant to be supplementary motivational tool and a means for tracking your progress.
I want it also to have an original structure independent of specific educational programs (like 「みんなの日本語」).
The first thing everyone (I mean foreigners) learns is obviously kana. What would be the next reasonable step to make after learning kana?
Does it make sense to start with a small list of simple non-Chinese words to practice kana and get ready for grammar topics? Or would be more suitable to learn grammar (particularly, syntax) right away while picking up the lexicon from the grammar illustration material?