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  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I haven’t been able to get my hands on Our 24 Ways so my knowledge of it is from a couple of blog reviews and Amazon reviews. I was thinking more to use it with the coloring sheets in the back and talk about it without requiring memorization. I didn’t realize it had scripture verses too. I might save it for Grade 1 then. The only memorization we currently do and that I really have planned for next year is a memory verse every week or every other week. We have a book that has a little story with each memory verse that my son likes. He wants to read each story a couple of times. The verses are really short which I like for this age. We read through and listen to the songs from New Life Catechism but we haven’t worked on memorizing them. We haven’t memorized much in that he doesn’t know months, hours in a day or all the stuff that curriculums like Memoria Press have for daily recitation. Thanks for sharing the Bible recommendation. I’ll take a look at it. We’ve done the Jesus Storybook Bible a couple of times and just started The Gospel Story Bible. He doesn’t care for it as much. I’ve also looked at The Child’s Story Bible. We tried Exploring Nature With Children this year as well. It also didn’t work for us. My son has no grasp of moons and some of their other topics and I felt it was hard to keep using it when those topics were repeated so often. For some of the fun topics I’ve checked the recommended books out from the library and additional ones on the topic and we have story lunch time and read them all and talk a bit about the topic. I haven’t looked at Handbook of Nature Study yet as our library doesn’t have it. That could be a good option for us!
  2. I am looking for recommendations for kindergarten. My son will be 5.5 going into the school year this fall. We are going to do more of a year around school schedule so I plan to start this mid summer. I want to prepare him for a classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist starting with formal lessons in Grade 1 but don't want to overwhelm him or me either during his kindergarten year. I’m having paralysis by analysis after spending so much time researching. I’m leaning towards this and any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Biblical Symposium/Morning Time (5x a week) - Bible story with narration (he tells me one thing about the story and then draws a picture) - Bible verse memory - Our 24 Ways or Leading Little Ones to God - A Child’s Book of Character Building or Simply Charlotte Mason Laying Down the Rails - Manner Cards by September Co - Hymn - Poem - Catechism LA (20 minutes 4x week) - The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading with IEW phonetic games or Simply Charlotte Mason Delightful Reading - Hand Writing Without Tears or Simply Charlotte Mason Delightful Handwriting (I don’t want to introduce copy work until he is reading so we’ll focus on building letter shapes) - Readers from All About Reading, The Good and The Beautiful and Dash Into Learning Math (15 minutes 4x a week) - Math with Confidence Kindergarten or The Good and The Beautiful Level K (it depends on what the revised level K looks like when it’s previewed in March) Literature (30 minutes 4x a week) A Humble Place’s Kindergarten book list (It covers history in terms of learning about kids around the world.) I’d rotate through these with two a day: Art (1-2x a week) The Artful Year or The Way They See It or Artistic Pursuits Artist Study (1-2x a week) Simply Charlotte Mason A Is for Art: A Fine Art Alphabet Book or SCM artist studies Science (1-2x a week) Science In Seconds for Kids or Science Play Composer Study (1x a week) Memoria Press Music Enrichment or A Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra Nature Study (2x a week) I’m torn on if I want to do something formal with this or just do nature walks with some journaling. Poetry Tea Time (1-2x a week) - The Blue Fairy Book - Story Time (My Book House) - In The Nursery (My Book House) - Aesop’s Fables - Poetry Teatime Companion - A Year Full of Poems - Sing a Song of Seasons - Circle of Seasons - Sing a Song of Popcorn STEM (1x a month) KiwiCrate We will also have his tagalong 3 year old little brother who will be welcome to join in as he wishes. I’ll have some little Kumon books for him to do as he wishes (tracing, cutting, etc) and he also likes to play with our math and LA manipulatives or color.
  3. Can I ask if you ended to trying Wayfarers and if you did, what you thought of it? It is on my short list for next year but I haven’t been able to find but a couple of reviews on it. Thank you!
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