I’ve been working on putting together our curriculum for the coming year. M will be in first grade and even though C is quite small, she wants to “do school” with us. I found Before Five In A Row at a homeschool book sale and grabbed it up. so she could have some school just for her. I know M will be happy to join in.
M will be doing the same part time school program that she did last year, so we’ll once again be part time homeschoolers, though I do keep toying with the idea of full time and I can’t imagine her being in school full time.
During our days together, we’ll continue with Developmental Math which she uses at school. I decided to try Sonlight for language arts and reading, in part because I want to try out some of their materials with the thought that if we evenutally homeschool full time we will use their Core materials (history, geography, literature). I think M is going to really enjoy the program, especially the writing assignments. As long as I’m willing to be her scribe, making up stories and paragraphs of different types will be right up her alley.
For the most part, we will continue our unschooly methods with history and science, picking up library books on whatever topics interest M. However, she has requested more experiments so I may get a book to use or just look up experiments for topics that interest her or ones she’s studying at school. Any suggestions?
At school, M’s class will be studying recent American history starting with WWII. We just read the Molly American Girl series which fits right in so we may do some activities based on those books. I’d also like to make a big timeline to put up in the hall.
We didn’t do as much focused art study this summer as I thought we would so we’ll likely do some of the activities that caught my eye in The Usborne Book of Art Ideas and my favorite art blog, Art Projects for Kids. I want to learn more about pastels and watercolors, myself and I think M will want to work right alongside me. Alice Cantrell and Melissa Willey recently mentioned a watercolor journaling DVD that has me intrigued.
We started out using Can You Hear It? to talk about music last fall but it got quickly forgotten, crowded out by too many exciting things. M asked about it recently, but I keep forgetting to pull it out. I would like to be more intentional in listening to classical music.
As always, I’ve planned far too many things, and we won’t get to them all. But I’ve gotten to indulge my now-not-so-secret obsession with booklists and homeschool catalogs. I read the Sonlight catalog like a novel, and I still keep pulling it out every once in awhile. I can’t even get started flipping through Rainbow Resource Center’s catalog or I’ll be up all night. However much of this work we do, I know we’ve got plenty to inspire us for the year.