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#1 Fir

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:40 PM

My kid has already been doing work this year, but he will be officially starting kindergarten next year. 

We have been using MobyMax and I just let him do it whenever and it's very low pressure. 

I have just noticed that it places him in about half of first grade in both math and language, so I'm thinking that doing kindergarten level work for next year is not going to work.

Do you have any recommendation for engaging curriculum that would be on his level?

I am almost certain that we will use RightStart Math B, but I'm not sure about language arts. I have the Well Trained Mind First Language Lessons Level 1 in my shopping cart right now. I have also added Explode the Code books 1 through 3. 

Do you have any other suggestions or comments?

Thank you for the help. 



#2 Dealea86

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:28 PM

Oh, I want to hear what others say. My middle child is reading and doing math at around a 1st grade level now, but he's got more than a year before he would even be in K in public school. When my oldest was in the same position, we did a very casual K "year" that spanned about a year and a half. We did a BFSU lesson every once in a while, we read a lot of stories, we did Singapore's K level math course (math wasn't a strong subject with her then), and the rest was just letting her play and be a kid. I'm planning to do something similar this time, but I'm open to suggestions. :)

 

My opinion is that you have to let them be kids still, but at the same time you have to feed their minds. So a lot of no-pressure learning, trying to keep it as fun as possible.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:35 PM

I wouldn't worry about doing more than reading and math in K.  My first graders are accelerated and we mainly did the 3 R's this year.  They tagged along with their brother at times, but we mostly just did lots of art and read a lot. 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:59 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming.

If anyone has books to recommend I would appreciate it.



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 11:29 AM

My older son will turn five this summer. He is academically ahead but socially and emotionally young for his age. My plan is to continue on as we are for preschool, but I'm transitioning from doing it two or three times a week to five days a week. That is all optional, but I make the time and offer every day, and he takes me up on the offer most of the time. This includes cuddling up in my bed in the morning to do phonics and math, then violin practice. We're using OPG and Singapore Primary Mathematics (the textbook, intensive practice, and challenging word problems) and we do as little or as much as he wants to at a time. He goes through major spurts and stops with math. In the Fall he went through all of our preschool and pre-K math, skipped K and did the first half of Singapore 1a all within a few months, then stopped and did very little math for the next several months. He's near the end of 1a now; I have no idea what he'll be doing by September, but I'll add in Beast Academy whenever we reach that point.

Violin is very challenging for him, as are all fine motor skills, but he is making slow but steady progress. We "play the gummy bear game" (aka bribery) every day he asks to practice. I set out six gummy bears to stand and watch him play, but I eat one each time he fails to follow instructions or pay attention. After he puts his violin away, he gets the remaining gummy bears. This has made a huge difference in his focus, and consequently in his progress. Before, his little five-minute practices were mostly spent in constant interruptions. Now he asks to practice usually 5-6 days a week, and we get about 8-10 minutes of focused attention. I can see his work with violin having big payouts in his fine motor development, his ability to focus, and especially in working on his perfectionism and perseverance.

That's all for his individual subjects. I will add in a handwriting workbook for next year, though I'm not sure which one, yet. However, he almost always chooses to participate in the subjects his big sisters do together--read-alouds, SOTW (we'll be doing 3 next year), scripture memorization, poetry tea parties, Shakespeare (he is playing an officer in our production of Twelfth Night), BFSU (He may lose interest as we move into volume two next year, which is fine. I will wait another year and then go through BFSU I with him and little brother again when he's in first grade.), Excelerate Spanish, Child-sized Masterpieces, etc. All of that would be way too much to require of a five-year-old and worry about mastery and retention. But as fun, take what he wants and then go play Legos, it is great for him.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:29 PM

My five year old will be doing Kindergarten next year too. He'll be doing Spelling You See and The Sentence Family for LA. He's already a fluent reader otherwise he wouldn't be doing that stuff yet. 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:05 PM

La Condessa, thanks for offering such a detailed plan. I love the gummy bear game idea. We are already doing handwriting and I have been using this free program: http://www.progressi...com/handwriting

I think many people use Handwriting Without Tears. 

 

Thanks Sarah0000 for letting me know about those programs, I will look into them. 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:31 PM

My son will be in "Kindergarten" this year but will be doing 1st grade work or higher also...

This is what I have planned:

-Classical Conversations once a week, 

-Continue with piano lessons that he just started

-Math: Complete Rod & Staff 1 and start Level 2 (base program), with Singapore/Mammoth Math as supplement

-start All About Spelling Level 1 (we are almost finished with getting through Alpha-phonics)

-Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons Level 1

-Handwriting...maybe and not every day

-Phonics: Core Skills Phonics worksheets 

-Geography/Science/History - just a little time reviewing CC memory work once each week, read relevant history "living" book

-Reading/Literature - he's already reading well so we might not do anything formal aside from read more books, unless I can figure something out but we will have a new baby in the house...so I'm mainly going to focus on the basics this year.  

 

Hope that helps...If my son hadn't read most of the books already, I'd want to do the Memoria Press literature program with their literature guide...


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Posted Today, 05:52 PM

My son will be in "Kindergarten" this year but will be doing 1st grade work or higher also...

This is what I have planned:

-Classical Conversations once a week, 

-Continue with piano lessons that he just started

-Math: Complete Rod & Staff 1 and start Level 2 (base program), with Singapore/Mammoth Math as supplement

-start All About Spelling Level 1 (we are almost finished with getting through Alpha-phonics)

-Writing with Ease and First Language Lessons Level 1

-Handwriting...maybe and not every day

-Phonics: Core Skills Phonics worksheets 

-Geography/Science/History - just a little time reviewing CC memory work once each week, read relevant history "living" book

-Reading/Literature - he's already reading well so we might not do anything formal aside from read more books, unless I can figure something out but we will have a new baby in the house...so I'm mainly going to focus on the basics this year.  

 

Hope that helps...If my son hadn't read most of the books already, I'd want to do the Memoria Press literature program with their literature guide...

 

Thanks for the suggestions, it is very much appreciated. I was thinking of doing the same thing (first grade level work).