Friday, August 8, 2014

Kinder Curriculum for 2014-2015

OK let's try this again.

I can't believe it is August already.  I wait all winter for summer to arrive and it is gone in the blink of an eye.  Not to say I don't love fall, because really fall has become my favorite season, the temperatures, the holidays, the colors.  I just don't love how quickly the warm seasons pass and how long the winter seems to draw out.

However, now that August has arrived, I am in even more of a panic about getting ready to officially start homeschooling!  I plan to start on August 25 and aiming for a 4 day school week Mon-Thurs, with Friday being Co-op day.

I am mostly prepared for M's kinder curriculum, although I will have to put together some science and social studies activities as we go.  I am planning to start some theme and LOTW activities with my little one who is almost 3!  I still have some things printed from when M was little, but I am still trying to put all of her stuff together and figure out how I am going to do school with Mason and keep her occupied.  

Here is what I have planned for M's Kinder Curriculum for 2014-2015

Reading
All About Reading Level 1
ReadingEggs
ClickNRead
Teach Your Monster to Read
And of course lots and lots of books.

Handwriting
Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me.  

Math
MUS Primer and I have Alpha if I feel like he gets ready for it

Bible
Continuing Positive Action Preschool Exploring God's Love

Social Studies
I am going to try to go over the topics in What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
Evan-Moore Beginning Geography

Science
Also trying to cover topics in What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

Art
Draw Write Now books

Spanish
We will just be reviewing vocabulary he learned in his Spanish class this summer and a book called Hide & Speak Spanish

After we get started I will also try to make a post each week sharing what we used for our Tot school that week.

Linking to: http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/not-back-to-school-blog-hop-curriculum-week


Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Moment (or more) of Panic

My oldest is going to be 5(!) in less than a month!  It feels like it hasn't been long enough for him to be turning 5 already, yet at the same time, it also feels like I can't even remember what life was like without him!
So I am having a moment of panic now that I have realized that next year he will be a kindergartner!  We have been homeschooling preschool off and on for the past couple years, but I really feel like next year I need to be much more consistent and intentional.  M already asks to do school almost daily, but he is also very resistant to learning new things.  We tried and failed at the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book.  Neither one of us really cared for it.  I really, really want to purchase All About Reading Level 1 for him, but at the same time, it is a bit expensive for us, and I don't want to spend a lot of money if it is not necessary.  So many homeschoolers tell me it is not necessary to really spend much money at all on curriculum for Kinder, so I am going to try to wait it out and see how he does before buying expensive curriculum.

I am also really concerned though because M is so resistant to me teaching him.  He will intentionally give wrong answers for things that I know that he knows or pretend like he forgot letter sounds.  I can tell him a sound or word and 5 seconds later he will tell me "I don't know."  Now this could just be a phase, except that so far it has pretty much lasted the last 3 years!  He did it learning his colors, then learning his letters, and now learning to read!  Sometimes I will see him read a word on his own, but if I ask him what it is he will say he doesn't know or that he can't read it.  I am pretty convinced that it is quite a bit more his personality vs just a phase.  I can already tell a difference between his little sister who is quite happy to try to tell me colors or try to do letters.

I am not entirely sure how to handle this resistance, but I am hoping to try to figure out some ways to teach him through things that he is interested in.  He is particularly interested in dinosaurs, and also really likes space and animals.  I am not quite sure how I am going to do that, but I am going to continue doing our Bible lessons and we are going to continue with MUS Primer for Kinder, neither of which we got very far in this year.

He also has a subscription to Reading Eggs and ClickNRead.

We joined a homeschool co-op this past year and it has been great to meet other homeschoolers, but he was just in the 4 year old class this past year.  Starting in the fall he will be in K-2 level classes (just 2 classes one morning a week).  I am slightly concerned how he will do, but he is actually excited about the classes, so hopefully he will do well.

I hope to keep up with this blog more in the next year to help document our homeschool journey.