Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Curriculum 2011-2012

My favorite time of year is getting ready for school! I just love everthing about it. We have most everthing organized, and planned out. I have to say, I CAN NOT wait to get started. I always end up starting a week earlier than planned. I have no doubt this year will be the same. *grin*

Okay! For preschool:
Brighton is still really young, so we will not be doing a "formal" curriculum.
Our school is extremely literature based.
*We are going to use a few Rod and Staff workbooks for writing, counting, and cutting practice. I like these because they are very simple and not expensive.

*I will also have some fun activites out for him daily.
cutting, playdough, stickers, puzzles, coloring, lacing etc

Then we will read a lot of our favorites and make little units out of them using Homeschool Share

Here are the ones we will be reading:

Okay, for 1st Grade:

*I'm really excited to try Contenders for the Faith this year for developing biblical boyhood skills. He will go at his own pace through the projects.

* Writing: we will continue on with Explode the Code this year. And, we will be doing copywork from the Bible.

*Reading: we are making this as simple for him a possible. No formal lessons as of right now. We will be reading Bob Books,McGuffey's, and many Early Readers to build his confidence. We also have a few games, like Word Memory and Word Bingo we will play. He is doing really well with this right now.

*Math: We are starting Singapore Math workbook 1B and will add more hands on, and games. Our goal this year is to master telling time, and start muliplication. He already does these pretty well, we'll just keep going at his pace and add more as we go.

*Science: we are using our free copy of Considering God's Creation, along with Answers in Genesis for Kids, and My Nature Journal for weekly Nature Study/Walks.

*History: Last year we used Story of The World. We really liked it. This year though I was really wanting to study American History. I put my own curriculum together using books from the library, online, and some I picked up at garage sales. I am so excited at the material we are going to cover. We will go in order of history and do many projects and read many great books.

Fine Arts Fridays and Extra Stuff
We will still learn one artist and composer monthly. We are starting a child introduction to Shakespeare, and we will have an actual art lesson this year.
We are also starting Greek. Simple decoding for now, and will build up next year.

The last thing we are doing is Geography and map skills. We are using a beginners Geography workbook, and will be making a cereal box city, and painting a map of our street. FUN!

This may seem like a lot, but we have it planned out to about 3-4 hours Mon-Thurs/ And Fridays are for Fine Arts and finishing up projects, and field trips etc.

Our schedule goes like this:
Bible/Memory Work
Reading Practice

Modays & Wednesday:

Tues. & Thurs:

Fine Arts
This year is going to be so much fun!

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Proverbial Homemaker said...

Fun! Our oldest is only 3 and doing some preschool, but it's so great to see what other families who are a few steps ahead are doing. Thanks!

Heather said...

Yay you!
We do several things the same and I'm excited. Can't wait to see your September pics and how things are beginning :)

Dana said...

I have a First greader as well. We are also trying to build reading confidence. I just found a free program off another blog hop member's site. It's called ready to Read. IT came from # 154. I downloaded it. I think it is just what we need. Have a good year.

Tricia said...

Sounds like you've got a great year planned! I too have a preschooler (2 actually) and a 1st grader this year. And your classroom is just lovely!
Tricia @

Momma K said...

Love some of your choices! I am so intrigued by the Contenders of the Faith...I am gonna have to look more into that. God bless your school year!

janice Bella Birthdays and Celebrations said...

It sounds like it is going to be fun and Blessed year! Thank you for sharing

Chef Penny said...

Sounds like a great year! I love how you are going at his pace! Have a great year!

Terri said...

Looks like a great schedule! I always get so excited to start at the end of the summer too. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!

Joey said...

Have a great year!

Pamster said...

Hi! Found your blog through the HOTM blog hop. I've got a 1st grader and pre-kindy too so I'm interested in following along with your progress through the year. Looks like you have a great plan.


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