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#1 Tawlas

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:46 AM

All the other grades have a thread, is everyone scared to admit they make plans for the littles?   :p

 

I have a four year old who's been begging to "do school" since she was two lol.  This year she's been doing lots of cutting workbooks from Kumon and the like, she's raced through eight million sticker books, a couple of maze books, the preschool set put out by CLE (which we both adored!), some old Horizon preschool pages (left over from a brother) and I've probably used a gallon of paint and glue, as well as a ten-pound bag of flour to make play dough!  We've read all the books from B4FIAR that I could beg, borrow or buy online for less than $10.  We're both bored with it, tired of it all and ready for a change!  

 

So, with a big flourish the week after she turned four, I pulled out section 2 and 3 from an unfinished AAR Pre-1 book (from another one of her brothers) and we're now starting her own ABC book.  She just about fainted with glee when I pulled out an unused 3-ring binder (just like the big kids!) and wrote her name on the spine. I'm astonished what she's picked up already from listening in, Tad and the Letter Factory, and iPad apps lol.  We're combining the two sections, working on recognizing lower-case letters and their most common sound at the same time.

 

I'm heading to a conference later this month and I intend on purchasing the HWOT PreK book to start as well.  She writes letters all over everything on her own and I'd like to start some good habits.  I own FIAR 1, but I think I'll hold off until the fall to start that.  I'm seriously considering the Preschool Math book from Peace Hill Press for some fun easy math games to do with her.

 

This is my last baby!!!!  I haven't done FIAR before although I've always thought it would be great.  I'm so glad I'm getting to do that with my youngest :)  (My seven year old loves the books too)

 

Anyone else thinking ahead to a PreK or K year?  



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 12:25 PM

I'm not scared to admit it!! I believe in slow and steady and pretty much think it's unfair to have them go from doing nothing to asking them to sit still for 30-60 min for K. So at 3 yrs we've done 6 activities a week, mostly play based that lasted as long as he cared. Going to 4 and pre-k I'll require 10-15 min of sitting 'school' time where he has to do it (he's the first so there is no older sibs that make him excited about it!). What we'll be doing: 

 

Reading: some kind of pre-AAR (or 1), OPGTR, games from LOE mix (doing pre-AAR now with rhyming focus and he's learning letters, but not really ready or interested in their sounds so not sure where we'll be and what we'll be focusing on/backing off on. He hates Letter Factory so that's not an option!)

 

Math: MEP R 

 

Handwriting: fairly phobic so just coloring, doing mazes (which he does enjoy) and strengthening the hand

 

Science: if he'll sit for Magic Schoolbus some of that (right now he hates it, says he needs to be older), Diego for animals to go with geography unit is mostly what I figure, plus some nature classes and random pinterest activities

 

Geography unit (mostly books, intro to globe and activities with the continents) 

 

Wee Folk Art and FIAR 1 selections with random activities for some selections 



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 01:56 PM

Yes, I wonder too, what is appropriate, necessary, or sufficient. I tell myself we are very loosely doing preschool. I'm mostly trying to get myself organized, while also feeling totally okay with dropping everything and playing outside. Loving the fact that I don't have to be accountable yet!

I haven't found any curriculum that we love yet. The only thing we've consistently done is a fairy/folk tale of the week, reading different renditions and discussing.

However, I'm considering giving AAR-pre another go. We gave it up as being too craft heavy, and nothing appeared to be sinking in. Months later, dd is now pointing out letters in our books, but only the ones we addressed back when we did AAR! (We skipped around and did the letters in her name.) Soooo, we may pick it up again, as well as Kate Snow's math book.
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#4 JennSnow

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:44 PM

I've been in Kindergarten planning mode recently too..here is what I have right now :).

Bible

Egermiers Bible Storybook (we'll be using this for oral narrations as well) 
Leading Little Ones to God

Math

Horizons
Supplementing with games (Prime Climb, Prodigy, etc..)

Language Arts

Phonics - continuing on with OPGTTR
Spelling - daily review words from OPGTTR
Readers - Elson and Christian Liberty (pulling from for vocabulary and comprehension)
Penmanship/Copywork - English Lessons Through Literature
Grammar - English Lessons Through Literature
Literature - English Lessons Through Literature, picture books, chapter books, lots of free reading, etc..

Nature/science/Art

Nature walks
Nature journal/table
Seasonal art projects
Books/Netflix documentaries/Etc... on an interest led basis

Social Studies/Geography

This one is still up in the air as I really don't think anything is necessary at the Kindergarten level  however he does have a strong interest (at the moment) in maps and different places from around the world so we might do something very casual..a learning about  how children live around the world kind of thing.

Music

Continuing on with piano lessons

Misc.

Chess
Swim and Gym at our local Y
board games
puzzles
logic games



 


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:57 PM

This year my 3 yo has been doing the mfw pre-k task cards. We've been doing about 10 minutes 3x per week where he gets to choose the activity. He has learned so much from this and is very eager to do school.

Plans for k4:

Aar1 (he knows all letters and their primary sounds and is anxious to read)
Miquon orange with giggle math
Printing with letter stories (a freebie I got from iew and instantly fell in love with)

tag along with the older kids for geography/cultures (the art, music, food, movies, coloring, and sticker books)
My read aloud basket will contain books to coordinate with geography as well as all the level 1 read and find out science books. I usually put books from mp, bookshark, and fiar in there too.

He'll also do his second year at catechesis of the good shepherd at our church.

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:14 PM

There was a K thread, but I think it's gotten buried.

 

We are after schooling for K. DD will be going to a Spanish immersion school for K and we will do English Language Arts at home.

 

DD finished Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading in PreK and we are moving on to The Good and The Beautiful's Language Arts Level 1. We will continue this in K and probably move on to level 2. She's also doing their handwriting.

 

We will do some Spanish vocabulary and phonics this summer.

 

 


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 09:40 PM

  

DD finished Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading in PreK and we are moving on to The Good and The Beautiful's Language Arts Level 1. We will continue this in K and probably move on to level 2. She's also doing their handwriting.

 

 

Oooooh....I've never seen this curriculum before but I kind of love it!  I might have to consider trading out English Lessons Through Literature for this! :)



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:22 PM


Social Studies/Geography

This one is still up in the air as I really don't think anything is necessary at the Kindergarten level  however he does have a strong interest (at the moment) in maps and different places from around the world so we might do something very casual..a learning about  how children live around the world kind of thing.

 

 

Have you seen "Give Your Child the World" ?  It's a book of book lists sorted by both continent (and historical period in the index) as well as by age group.  We've been doing "Visits to . . . South America" this year as a family and I've ordered in a lot of the books from my library and they've been really fantastic!  Maybe it would suit?  It's a great deal right now!


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 08:06 AM

I have an accelerated K boy for next year.
The core stuff he'll be doing:

Singapore 4 and Beast Academy 3/2
Spelling You See D and The Sentence Family
Risas y Sonrisas
The Violin Book 3
And a bunch of fun workbooks/activity books for the other subjects.


Nursery school for my toddler, and my older will likely join in:

Wee Folk Art
Reading and reenacting/reciting fairytales and nursery rhymes
Mep R and RS Activities
DIY Phonics
DIY Prewriting
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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:02 AM

The plan for my K5 DD.

* Literature - Burgess animal/bird/plant books, Fitch-Perkins Twin Books, Anything else that strikes our fancy
* Phonics - Phonics Pathways and The Phonics Pages

* Math - Right Start 
* Handwriting - Barchowsky Fine Hand

She will be invited to tag along as she likes with Big Brother on science (BFSU B thread, plants, animals, and nutrition) and his survey of various countries/cultures.  


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#11 Tumbatoo

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Posted 14 April 2017 - 05:55 PM

We're doing PreK/K for next year-ish:

Sonlight P4/5
Singapore Essential Math KA & KB
ETC A, B,& C
Reading the Alphabet (online)
Music - homeschool class
Art - as we want :)

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:14 AM

This coming fall is my DS#3's official K year, though I'm not really sure ATM if we'll be homeschooling or moving into PS for a time.  If I keep him home, this is what I've got planned:

 

MEP 3 and/or Beast Academy 3 (+2 as it comes out)

Evan-Moor Daily Science 3, + Real Science-4-Kids Building Blocks 2

BookShark history and lit level 3

Michael Clay Thompson Island level with E-M Language Fundamentals 2

 

 

If he does full time PS, then we'll afterschool with:

 

Beast Academy 3 (+2 as it is released)

MCT Island



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 08:55 PM

I have a 4yo who is starting some K level work.

She is doing the Pre-Primer linked in my siggie for learning to read & write.

Happy Phonics and sandpaper letters supplement.

For math, I am starting her on MEP 1. We have Miquon. I will likely do a mix of both as desired or needed. She is funny with numbers. She may surprise me, and I will just go with her flow.

Nature: weekly nature walks.

Daily read aloud time.

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 12:22 AM

My twins are technically K next year but are all over the place academically

Math - Twin A Right Start B
Twin B Math Mammoth 2 w/ BA2 if it's out
Phonics- Logic of English B and C
History - US using layers of learning
Science - CC
Extra - stem class and MP Enrichment 1st

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 02:21 PM

Marco will be 5 in late June. We're teetering between Pre-K and K. He knows all his letters and basic letter sounds, knows his numbers (by sight), counts objects well, and seems to understand addition and subtraction as concepts. He writes well. He is, however, delayed in language (autistic with a dual receptive/expressive language delay), so I'm hesitant about my plans. He needs the structure and craves it, so I did plan his year -- and we'll see how it goes.

 

Phonics: Phonics Pathways with the "flashcard / flashback" technique used in Dancing Bears (which I use with my middle son)

Math: Miquon

Handwriting: Finish up Simply Classical Copybook 1, move into 2

 

Tag-along as he pleases with Middle DS: Memoria Press Grades 1 & 2 Enrichment (literature and language skills), science, American Studies, Ancient Studies, Morning Meeting (recitation, fine arts, geography, religion read alouds -- Morning Meeting includes everyone, even DD15)


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Posted 04 May 2017 - 02:51 PM

I'm not sure.  I go back and forth about wanting to do something with my 4 year old and then not.  In one way, I want him to just be little another year and it would get school done quicker so we could just play.  My kids will be 6, 4 and 2 next school year.  On the other hand, he is quite advanced compared to my first ds, so I hate not to be teaching him things.  He'll do history, science, geography, bible, art or whatever we first ds is working on.  I'm tempted to start the reading lesson with him.  It's so quick and easy and it worked well for first ds.  Likely let him trace letters and numbers.  I've also contemplated letting him start on Singapore Essentials Book A.  It was SUPER easy for ds 1 in K and ds 2 is a bit ahead of ds at that age, so I KNOW he could handle it.  If it didn't work out we could just save it until K.  I've also thought about getting the curious George workbooks I've seen online.  He loves curious George.  He gets a Thomas and friends magazine to work on too.  So, nothing solid just yet, I'm still thinking about it.  If we do something it won't be everyday, just when he's interested.



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Posted 04 May 2017 - 03:53 PM

Academics for DD4:

 

Hooked on Phonics

Confessions of a Homeschooler's Daily Learning Notebook for Preschoolers (Free!) 

 

Tag-a-long: 

 

Story of the World 2, trebuches, electrical experiments, Lego castles, and other crafts.

Life Sciences

Outside time/Nature walks

 

 



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Posted 05 May 2017 - 08:13 AM

This school year, my youngest was junior K. We used MFW K, and half way through the year we added Math Lessons for a Living Education 1. It was a gentle approach to ease him into officially homeschooling. He also learned how to read CVC words and write numbers 1-20.

Next school year, he will be in K. He will use Abeka K5 phonics and handwriting and finish Math Lessons for a Living Education 1 and Miquon Orange/Red. He will also use FIAR and tag along with his brother for VP self paced Bible and anything else he wants to listen in on.

ETA: He and I both loved MFW K. The activities and books were enjoyable, but the lessons were short. It was perfect for a busy little boy. I often see negative reviews for MFW K, but I honestly loved it.

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 02:18 PM

Ds won't be 5 until August 3 and we will have another ds joining around the same time. So we are keeping it simple and he is following along with dd for a lot of stuff. Whatever sticks, great. Whatever doesn't, no biggie.

 

We didn't really do anything formal for Prek but we will be finishing up our Bible program over the summer and into next year.

 

I'll be using:

Bible Nuggets

Horizons K Math

Zaner Bloser Handwriting K

OPGTR

 

He will be listening in (and joining for labs & crafts) with dd for SOTW 1, Map Trek activities, and Apologia Zoology 2.

Lots of read alouds and some informal nature study. Also gonna throw in some country/culture studies. And LOTS of playing outside :thumbup:

 

A little of everything and loosey goosey sums up our K style.


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Posted 08 May 2017 - 08:35 PM

I'm considering this year Kindergarten for DS4.

Math: RS B, BA 2 (as released)
Language Arts: LOE C-D, Early Readers
Social Studies: Continents & Cultures
Science: Continents & Cultures
Art / Music: Continents & Cultures

We read-aloud chapter books for an hour each day. I'm planning: Ramona the Pest, Stuart Little, The Borrowers, Pippi Longstocking, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory... &/or whatever else sparks his interest!

Either at the end of this year or the beginning of next, we'll do a mini-unit on prehistory & evolution.

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:08 PM

My third son will be turning 4 over the summer.  Sometime between now and fall, he will be starting the CLE kindergarten books.  He'll also tag along as much as he wants as the big boys do history, chemistry and art.

 

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:29 PM

The second half of this year B has started just a little. On Wednesdays they're at my mom's all day and I send a BFIAR book and a lot of free printables or activities. He loooves "doing school" but that and one hour a week of co op have been it so far.

 

Next year I may do Singapore Earlybird A with him and maybe ETC A? But I would probably not do the writing parts of either. Tracing maybe and maybe drawing letters in sand or something? I think he would enjoy the content, but he's not there yet for writing. We are just going to take it slooooooooow. It's so funny because her PK4 year, E blew through Earlybird A&B, and ETC ABC, but she was such a stereotypical hothoused first kid.  :closedeyes:

 

Then next year (K) he can do Earlybird B and ETC B and C.

 

And lots and lots of BrainPop Jr. We love Brainpop.

 

 



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 05:10 PM

My daughter will be in K4! :crying:

 

MEP Reception & Handwriting Lessons Through Literature. She'll be joining big bro for SOTW, BFSU, Bible, Spanish and Singing as she's interested. She'll also be drawing Minnie Mouse at least 4 times a day. :laugh:



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:06 PM

My daughter will be in K4! :crying:

MEP Reception & Handwriting Lessons Through Literature. She'll be joining big bro for SOTW, BFSU, Bible, Spanish and Singing as she's interested. She'll also be drawing Minnie Mouse at least 4 times a day. :laugh:




Sweet!!! I wanna see her Minnie Mouse. Hahaha!!!!
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Posted Yesterday, 07:40 AM

My youngest will be 5 in July, but he is very immature for his age. His older brothers and​ sisters have babied him! (I guess I have, too.)

We started My Father's World Kindergarten and love it. He doesn't understand the blending yet, but that's fine with me. There's not much math in it, so I'll be using some games and worksheets, too.