I have a 4 and a soon to be 3, they will both be preschool/prek this year, and both kindergarten next year. We have however started our pre/k year as of MAY 1 - as an attempt to bring my children's learning levels closer together for easier teaching. DD was 3 when we started now 4, and DS will be 3 about a month into the formal pre/k year.
Summer school was Evan-Moor in this order: Think and Do, Do and Learn, and now the scholastic Jumbo Kindergarten Workbook, however two sections from it are being reserved for the actual school year - Word Building, the Flashcards, and Getting Ready for Grade 1.
I was hoping to be through lesson 50, but we are more likely to be through lesson 40. My children read actually advanced what is offered by the distar series, but we are behind simply due to time. I do not like to skip lessons, so no loss. I just want to be through distar before I deliver baby #3, and that is clearly going to happen so all is well.
Phonics was a combination of what they got as we went through distar, as well as the "Brighter Child" Phonics Cards. I have new cards to change out for the new year to trick them haha.
Reading is just a variety of k readers, and we have been working on our sight words with school zone flash cards for ages 5 and up... they know a handful by sight for sure, a lot they sound out and read which is fine as well. Want these memorized though.
Writing is my own system haha. It is going great though so I am not worried.
Math we are now counting and recognizing all numbers 0-100, understand greater than/less than, understand the concept of equals and balancing equations, addition, working through subtraction lol, and we are getting into the breakdown of shape types, like square vs rectangle vs parallelagram, etc...
We had breif lessons on plants/parts of plants, planets, food pyramid, color wheel, intro to chemistry, and did a lot even before summer school that I am not even counting like matching letter upper/lower activities and etc. They also know all 50 states on a map, and know the 50 states song in alphabetical order.
But moving on to my plans for Pre/K Fall/Winter Term:
Although I have not purchased a real formal plan or curriculum for anything, I have my own system that works very well for me.
Evan-Moor preschool skills sharpener for each, working on math, reading, and writing. I also have these in the kindergarten level ready to go so when we completely one grade level we can jump into the next. I view pre/k as just trying to get them caught up to K level before K lol.
I have the distar reading series to continue lesson 41 through lesson 100.
Math will be largely mastering addition and subtraction equations, word problems, and tables as well as mastering shapes and understanding graphs.
I am cutting out science and social studies outside of what we naturally talk about because at this point although they liked it, I did not find it very beneficial.
Patience with large and fine motor skills will be big too this year. DS2 is very lazy and needs to get his butt in gear, and DD4 likes to get distracted and goof off. Basically Character Building.
Life Skills also need mastered before baby like being able to go through the entire restroom routine without help, getting dressed, showering, I will brush teeth because that would be a nightmare of dental bills, and eating meals silently and with no mess as to have time to breastfeed adequately for #3. (I already have a rough plan for BFing #3 once I am back from birth into the winter/spring term.)
I currently spend 4 hours per day on schooling, but one hour is dedicated to the 30 min. meditation we do daily, 15 minutes for snack and snack clean up, and another 15 mins for all the potty breaks necessary. We all get up at 6am, start at 7am, done at 11am. Chores until lunch at 1130, nap at 12noon until 2pm when hubby is off work.
We are pretty predictable around here.
Wow I am typing a lot. lol