In my last post I shared what we are working on all together. We hope to accomplish a lot that way, we love to listen and read lots of books. We listened to Half Magic last week in the car, a library check out, and the kids and I both enjoyed it!
For this year, this is what each of my kiddos will be working on.
For C, 9 years old, 4th grade, she is working on the following:
Latin – she is just refreshing over her last two years worth of songs from Song School Latin.
She will have her age appropriate history reading that go along with our family reads (such as this and this).
We are adding in Spanish this year in our coop, and I’m hoping to find something we can all learn to hear and speak back.
For Piano we are starting the free Hoffman academy online, we’ll see how this goes.
For Grammar she will use Easy Grammar 4.
For Logic/Critical Thinking, she is using The Basics of Critical Thinking.
For Math we are continuing on with Teaching Textbooks and adding in Life of Fred for supplementation.
For Health we are going to work through The Keeping and Care of You together, to start those conversations.
For copy work she simply copies a line or two of prose or scripture or memory work each day in cursive.
She has a list of free reads that she spends 20 minutes, twice a day doing. She has already finished one book and onto her second in her second week. She loves to read! At night, she can read whatever she wants (mostly library books), but her free reads throughout the day I give her a list of what she needs to get through each semester/term.
For M, 6 years old, 1st grade, he will be working on:
This boy! He taught himself how to read at age 4. So kindergarten was easy and fun and I pushed him a lot more than I would have otherwise. This year we are taking it easy.
He will do his age appropriate history read alouds that go along with our family book we read (such as Minstrel in the Tower and Leif the Lucky, etc).
He is doing Visual Perception Skill Building from Critical Thinking Co. Just a fun 5 minutes 3 days a week.
Like C, he will be working on Spanish in our coop, and starting piano.
For Math he is halfway through the Singapore Math Standards Edition 1st grade book 2. We are also using Life of Fred as well.
For copy work he simply copies a line or two of prose or scripture or memory work each day in manuscript.
He also has read alouds assigned by mommy. Sometimes he reads them to me out loud or we take turns reading, and sometimes he reads them and then narrates it to me.
We use All About Spelling as well, about once a week.
I think that’s it? Ha!
This is my spunky almost-5 year old who is starting kinder this year, A. And I’m so glad she’s my 3rd born. If she had been my first born, I would have flipped out years ago because she doesn’t know all her letters yet! But instead, I have let her play, she has the wildest imagination. She loves nature and learning. And now that she’s ready, the learning is coming quickly.
We are using a gentle learning approach for phonics and reading. We started with All About Reading, but quickly learned she needed a little more letter recognition first. So for our first month or so we are going to focus on fun games, watching the Letter Factory and hands on letter writing using finger spelling, rice in pans, hair gel in plastic bags, etc.
I have a ton of preschool busy bags that actually have great learning capabilities within them, like letter matching mixed with fine motor skills.
She enjoys handwriting, so we are using a few basic handwriting books we have, as well as our Write Through the Bible book. We will pick up All About Reading in September and go from there. We used How to Teach your Child to Read in 100 easy lessons on and off last year. AAR is similar in the beginning, so I’m excited to move onto the more independent learning aspects.
I purchased her basic Singapore Math Kinder book and she will also listen to Life of Fred. We use LOTS of hands on multi-link cubes, counting bears and all sorts of fun ‘real life’ math scenarios to make math fun!
That’s all we really have planned. She flutters in and out of the room a lot. And that’s ok, she’s 4 at the moment of this printing (2 weeks till her 5th birthday). She is gaining so much knowledge from hands on play, nature study and active listening. I love to watch her!
This little one, J, is doing what every 3 year old should do, in my opinion, PLAY! He helps care for animals, plays pony and ball, runs and kicks and rides bikes, catches frogs and geckos and grasshoppers and learns what it’s like to be a part of this family. He watches the Letter Factory with A sometimes. But English is his 3rd language, so we are mostly focusing on speaking and learning that. And HAVING FUN!
Once public school starts up, we are supposed to get speech testing done, so we will see if something is needed. He loves to be read to, so we try to get some individual time in doing that when we lay him down for his nap (yes, he still naps 2-3 hours a day, most days!).
So that is our year in a nutshell! Leave me a comment if you have blogged about yours, love to read new stuff!
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