Today I am joining in with Heart of the Matter for their Not Back to School Blog Hop!
The Week's Topic is Curriculum.
Back in May I did a curriculum post, but since then, some things have changed. So here is our updated curriculum list for this year. (This is for Kindergarten for my not quite 5-year old son, or at least what we will be using the first half of the year.)
Four our Core Curriculum covering Science and Phonics we will be using My Father’s World Kindergarten A to Z. It follows a letter of the week type approach with a science theme for each letter (ex: S is for Sun, M is for Moon, B is for Butterfly).
Language Arts (Phonics and Spelling):
Though our primary phonics is in MFW I am using the following as supplements
* An Assortment of Beginning Readers
* Explode the Code - Books 1 & 2
* Happy Phonics
* Progressive Phonics - Book 1
* Other Hands On Tools (most of which I make)
Preschool Curriculum: Before Five in a Row This curriculum is more of a way to incorporate my 2 Year Old into our studies I am in the process of coorelating our B4FIAR books with the topics we will be covering in My Father’s World, it doesn’t look like this will be too much of a problem (ex: for Moon we will be rowing “Goodnight Moon”, for Kangaroo’s we will be rowing “Katy No Pocket”). Doing B4FIAR together has taught Treyton some valuable “teaching” lessons and Lexa loves to be included in such a big way in school. We will sometimes make a lapbook to go along with the book we are rowing, which we find at homeschool share.
Bible: Grapevine Studies – I read the Bible story every day we then will illustrate different parts of the story. Right now we are illustrating our way through the Old Testament. Our Bible primarily consist of conversation and dialogue and Grapevine is our way of imprinting the story on to Treyton’s memory. It really helps him “picture” the story and leads him to asks needed questions for his full understanding. Occasionally, I like to add to certain stories some type of hands-on activity but this doesn’t always happen.
Math – Horizon’s Math: K. We are still loving this math program, I use it a lot as a guide, teaching most new concepts with hands on manipulatives or various illustrations or printables if I can find them.
Handwriting – Peterson Directed Handwriting. Originally I had started out with A Reason for Handwriting, but realized that although it was giving Treyton handwriting/copywork practice it wasn’t providing him with handwriting instruction, which he still really needs. So we are backing up and I am using a handwriting program that I received through TOS to review, that is working well so far. (This is not to say that I won’t using A Reason for Handwriting, I did like it)
US Geography – Each week (or ever other) I introduce a new state to Treyton which we locate on the map. We make a state page – consisting of a postcard which we received (if available), sticker representing that state, a map with the state colored in and any other things we like – we keep a “State Binder” where we keep all of our state pages for review. I keep this very simple, not going in depth into the state at all, basic simple information only for recognition purposes. At this time, my primary goal is for Treyton to locate the state on a US map when given the name. See my posts here and here for more detail on our State Pages
Health, Nature and Physical Education – are all done at different intensity’s throughout the year and though they aren’t a core part of our “regular” curriculum, they certainly are still a large part of our daily life and “school” in a sense.
With our curriculum all written out here it seems like a lot, but we don’t do all of our subjects every day and usually not even every week.