Today, I am joining in on the Curriculum Fair hosted by Simple Home School.
My Children's Ages: 6 and 3.
This was our first home schooling year with our family. Being Catholic, we went with Seton Home Study for Kindergartner, however much of the material was review for my daughter. By the time Christmas rolled around, I was shopped for a new reading program. I found it in the Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and have never looked back. I then read the Well Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and her daughter, Susan Wise Bauer and decided on much of our curriculum on their recommendations.
When I was working full-time, my oldest daughter attended a locally owned school that has a reputuation for advanced childhood education. The school had developed a relaxed approach which allow educational play for the majority of students while teachers met individually with each child. The atmosphere was non-competitive with every child learning at her own pace.
I have tried to use this approach at home too. We three particpate in circle time, math games, science experiments, and storytime together. However, I do take turns with my children, allowing one to play independently as I work with my other daughter: reading, phonics, and addition for my oldest child, recognition of letters and numbers for my youngest child.
Here's our plan for next year:
Monday through Friday
Continue with The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington
Continue with Spelling Workout Level A by Modern Curriculum Press
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Level 1 by Jessie Wise
Writing With Ease: Strong Fundamentals by Susan Wise Bauer
My Printing Book from Handwriting without Tears
Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, Thursday is project and field trip day
Currently, we are on lesson 24 of Saxon First Grade Math and have two weeks to go before our summer break . We will complete Saxon 1 in the fall, and then switch over to Math-U-See. I feel Saxon goes at too slow, is too structured, and is not the most effective way of teaching the basics. I have heard many good things about Math-U-See, and am looking forward to using that.
On Tuesdays, we will be studying:
Human Body: The Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia
On Thursdays, we will be conducting experiments from:
or working in Daddy's vegetable garden
On Thursday, we will also be taking field trips to the local aquarium or zoo. We are fortunate we recieved annual family memberships for both places.
We will be keeping a science journal through the year to document our reading, experiments, and garden results.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
Monday, Wednesday Friday
Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Bauer. I really like the activity book, and recommended additional history reading list.
Monday through Friday
Once a Week
I am debating on enrolling my oldest daughter in the local Chinese school that meets on every Saturday
OR buying Rosetta Stone for Chinese.