The beginning of the school year is right around the corner! I’m excited for more structured days and lots of reading together.
Our first two “school years” have been extremely relaxed. Caleb began reading last year and made a good start in handwriting and math, but I’m pretty convinced that playing is more important for 4 and 5 year-olds than sitting down to “do school.” Now our little guy is 6 and it’s time to become a bit more structured, although even this year I intend for him to have lots of play time.
My goals for this year:
1. Reading Proficiency
Some children are not ready to start reading until later, but Caleb was absolutely ready at 5. I would have been holding him back if I had not begun to teach him to read. We have a good runway from which to take off, so we will continue on with Sing, Spell, Read & Write. I’m using the 1st edition because my mom saved the teacher’s guide and the readers from when she taught me to read in the early 1990s! This program covers reading, handwriting and spelling.
2. Basic Math Skills
We will continue on in MCP Mathematics Level A. It is quite dry and repetitive, and I will probably switch over to Saxon Math or something else down the road, but for now it seems to be laying a solid foundation of beginning math concepts.
3. The Adventure of Good Books
I have, quite suddenly, decided to use Sonlight for History and Literature. I only discovered it a few weeks ago, but I think it’s what I’ve been looking for. The whole goal is to invite the student into the delight and adventure of learning. If there is one overarching goal I have in homeschooling it is to help my children LOVE to learn. If that happens they will never stop learning.
We are using a pieced-together version of Sonlight’s Core A program. I bought the Instructor’s Guide (used) through Amazon, and am getting many of the read-aloud books through our local library system. The books I can’t get through the library I will buy. This is saving us a LOT of money, and I think it will work well for this year. If we like the program and continue on with it next year, I will buy the Instructor’s Guide directly from Sonlight and probably buy many more of the books, either from them or Amazon, depending on price.
And a few more items I intend to include in our curriculum:
Geography – Evan-Moor Beginning Geography Book. Caleb loves maps, so in addition to the geography included in Sonlight, I plan to use this book.
Art – Artventure is a possibility. I will see what the time frame of our school days ends up being, and if time and attention permit I may begin this. I am not an artist, so I’ll definitely need help in this area.
So that is the basic plan for this year! In less than two weeks we will begin 1st grade! I will update as the year progresses and let you know what is working and what is not.