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:
Modays & Wednesday:
Tues. & Thurs:
This year is going to be so much fun!