It’s hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end in a few weeks already!
Last spring, my husband and I went to our first homeschool conference and we bought some new curriculum for this year. There are 1 or two things that we will continue to use from last year but for the most part, it’s all different. Tobi will be in Grade 1 this year and Annie will be doing Kindergarten work but I’m going to try to teach them both using the same materials as much as possible this year, with the exception of Math. I’ll just be going in depth a bit more with Tobi and not really stressing too much with Annie. She’s still just 4 so I’m not too concerned about academics with her right now.
For Bible we will continue to just use family devotionals and reading from the Bible itself. We will also be doing memory verses. I recently purchased a Songs for Saplings CD and we’ll be using that for a while as a basis for our memory verses.
For character development we will continue to use We Choose Virtues. They offer a home school kit and you can choose either a faith-based or non-faith-based version.
Annie – Annie will be starting off with Rod and Staff’s Counting With Numbers. Since the book only does numbers 1-10 and she is fairly comfortable with those numbers I will also be doing math and counting games and work sheets that I find on various sites.
Tobi – Tobi will continue the Grade 1 math workbook that we bought at Walmart last year, as well as take part in math games I do with Annie. One of his favourite games right now is Rack-O, which is great for practice in sequencing numbers.
Writing and Reading
Both kids will be using Excellence in Writing Primary Arts of Language. Tobi is a little bit more ahead in writing; he knows all of his letters. However, writing is not his strong point so I think some extra practice and review will help him to be more confident in his writing. I think he will likely move ahead more quickly than Annie will but that’s OK! We will also be using their Primary Arts of Language Reading curriculum.
For both of the older children, we’ll be using Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Expedition Earth for Geography. The curriculum seems more geared for older students who can already read and write, but I will be doing the basics with my two. Finding the country on the map, reading about it, colouring flags, etc. This curriculum also touches on Social Studies and Science (animals around the world) topics.
I don’t have a set curriculum for Science. Science for us will involve nature walks and studies, read alouds, and experiments. The kids will each also have a science journal.
French is important for our kids to learn. We live in an area where being fluent in French will help them tremendously in the work force, not to mention that we have family members who speak French and no English. My husband is fluent in French but I’ve forgotten a lot of it so I’ve been slacking when it comes to teaching the kids. I hope to get them on their way with French this year. At least they won’t be laughing at my bad accent! Flash cards, French read alouds, and French movies will be used for this. Along with just me trying to remember to speak to them in French throughout the day.
I also want to teach the children basic ASL signs. They all know a few signs but I want to increase their vocabulary. I know many signs but unfortunately, I’m not fluent in this beautiful language either and the unique grammar that ASL has is beyond me. So for now, we’ll focus on just the vocabulary and I’ll worry about the grammar and syntax later.
And that’s what I have planned so far! We’ll be doing school in a sort of Charlotte Mason and Unit Studies mix.
I’m linking up with iHomeschool Network’s Not Back to School blog Hop.
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