If you've been following our homeschool journey, you'll know we are doing a full revamp of our homeschool (already!). Our previous curriculum wasn't working for us, so I spent Christmas break getting our spring semester set up and finishing our homeschool year out to be ready for our homeschool Kindergarten year in the fall.
Start with the subjects you want to cover
We are going to be using Sonlight next year, so I decided to make up a chart similar to their Instructor Guide plan to get us used to how it is set up. I have done a 5 day plan already and big brother seems to like the consistency of the week better when we do "school" everyday.
Fridays are our light days, though, so we can go to the library or use our new membership to the local Children's Museum. Our subjects this semester include Bible, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, History, and a Read Aloud.
For bible this semester, I am doing the One Year Bible Plan. During breakfast, I'll play the audio on the YouVersion app for us all to listen to while we eat.
We will also read a story or 2 from The Children's Bible. We have the original 1965 version that my grandparents gave my dad when he was a young boy that he now gave to us. The language can be a little hard for Big Brother to understand, so I sometimes have to change the wording as I read. He loves the artwork in it, as do I.
Here, we will be doing 3 different activities for learning to read. For Christmas, my mom got me The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading. I have planned for 2 lessons a week. For example, in Week 1, we will do Lesson 1 on Monday then review it on Wednesday. On Tuesday, we will do Lesson 2 and then review it on Thursday. On Fridays, we will review both Lessons from that week. The first 26 lessons go over letter sounds, which he knows most of, so we may go through them quicker than I planned out. But I am not in a crazy hurry to get him reading either. I am just following his pace for now because he has shown a ton of interest in reading on his own.
Big brother also got a Pre-K Scholastic Reading and Math Jumbo Workbook and the Brain Quest Pre-k Workbook for Christmas. I planned out our worksheets to coincide with what Lessons we are on in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading to help reinforce the material. He's super excited about the workbooks too! Since Christmas, he's been asking when he can do his "work" in them.
And last, but not least, in our reading lessons will be the beloved Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers. Big brother is a BIG fan of Mat and Sam. The first 2 books are his absolute favorite.
I have planned to work on the first 4 books (that he's already been practicing on) for the first 2-3 weeks and then work on 2 books every 2 weeks after that.
For handwriting practice, we will be using the Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book and copywork. We'll also be using this book for practice with learning the clock.
Wipe clean books are my absolute favorites! We have a couple different ones, but I like this one the best, mostly because it's spiral bound and easy to have him only do one side of the page or other.
We will also be using Counting Bear Activities, Learning Resources Wooden Pattern Blocks and these Learning Advantage Pattern Block Activity Cards. Big brother got these for Christmas and plays with them daily already, so 2 birds, 1 stone! I love these and remember playing with them in preschool and kindergarten growing up. At the time, I just thought they were an awesome toy. Almost 30 years later, I realize they were tricking us into learning and calling it "playtime", Lol!
Science will be a quick little lesson on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We'll be doing a Space unit study I'm putting together. Space is Big Brother's obsession right now. We have National Geographic Kids Little Kids First Big Book of Space and the Smithsonian's Air and Space book that I am using to put together the unit study. He is super excited for this!
We have the Streams of Civilizations Volume 2, so we'll be using just the most modern section of it and the library for the first 10 weeks. We'll only be doing history once a week. Then we'll do a unit study on Creation for the last 5 weeks. He also LOVES maps. I found this Melissa and Doug World Map Puzzle and he does it frequently.
I am totally excited about our choices for Read Alouds this semester. We will start with Charlotte's Web, move on to Stuart Little, and then work our way through The Chronicles of Narnia. Daily, we will read one chapter, most likely at bedtime. We've already read The Magician's Nephew, so we'll start with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
Our "School" Schedule
It may look like a lot on paper, but we usually finish school in about one and a half to two hours. Our days look something like this (with approximate times!)
7am- Wake up
7:30am- Breakfast and Bible
8am- Clean up breakfast and get dressed
8:15am- Calendar and a review of what we need to get done that day
8:20am- Reading lessons and activities (Read aloud here if we have time, otherwise that's for bedtime)
9:00am- Play break
10:00am- Snack and play break
11:15am- M/W: Science, F: History. T/TH: Extra playtime or catch-up on other subjects
And that's it! As you can see, we take one 30 minute play break (indoors) and then a longer hour and 15 minute play break (outdoors, weather permitting!). "School" itself is only scheduled for about an hour and a half in the morning. I use The Well Trained Mind as a guide in planning for this semester and for this coming year.
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