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  1. We are new to homeschooling and my son is entering first grade. Currently, I plan to do FLL, WWE, AAS 1, CLassical conversations, explode the code, and a combo of horizons and Singapore math! I am going to supplement CC with kingfisher history Encyclopedia. I also am using Ambleside online recommended reading list! Does this look like way too much?? I am contemplating adding Wordly wise 1. Anyone else use this? Is it necessary to get teachers guide? Is it worth the price? Thanks for the advice!
  2. I am new to homeschooling this year. I jumped into this without a lot of research/planning and I am just now starting to feel like I have a clue what I'm doing. Anyhow, I could use some feedback on my choices and the few areas where I'm having a hard time making a decision. A little about me and DD and our life...well first of all I am looking for open and go as much as possible and I'm willing to pay extra for things that make my life easier. My DD is smart, but not particularly interested in school or learning at this point in time. She does what I ask of her (sometimes with lots of stalling and dilly-dallying) and never really asks to do more of anything. Her attention span is not very long. So I'm looking for bright, colorful, exciting, engaging, fun, etc. For complicated reasons that I won't get into now she watched A LOT of TV when she was younger. She doesn't watch as much now, but she spends a lot of time in front of the computer. So I guess I might be interested in curriculum that would utilize the tv or computer. My son is very, very active and takes 1 or 2 half hour naps a day. Unfortunately I often need to use one of them to shower. He's an early bird though and is usually asleep by around 6:30 or 7. DD is a night owl, so we've been doing most of our schooling after DS goes to bed. So anyhow this is what I'm planning: Reading/Phonics: Finish OPGTTR, read Bob books, Nora Gaydos, etc. Is there another program I should get when she finishes OPGTTR or at that point just make sure she's reading to herself and to me regularly? Spelling: AAS1 Grammar: FLL1 Writing: We might get to WWE1 during the year, but her handwriting needs a lot of work, so we'll be focusing on that first. I have some Mead workbooks and I plan to get a small chalkboard and cut up some sponges and do the HWT write, erase, trace thing. I will get ZB workbooks if needed at some point. Math: Here I am unsure. We haven't used a formal curriculum this year, just a $10 workbook from Kmart. I just ordered Miquon orange out of curiosity basically and since it was only $10 and I ordered c-rods cause I figured they might be helpful regardless of the program we use. I am drawn to MUS and I like that there's a video component. I also have heard such great things about Rightstart and like the looks of the bright colorful manipulatives. It's awfully pricey though. I'm also not sure about the whole calling 21 "two-10-one" thing. Does MUS do this too? I'm considering getting MM when HSBC has it on sale this month just to have for extra practice if nothing else. I'll also probably get LoF soon, cause I think DD would like it. Science: I have BFSU, but haven't made the time to figure out how to use it yet. I also have the free Mr. Q book, so could use that. History:This is the other one I'm confused on. Everybody seems to love SOTW, but I've also read in a couple of places that bible stories are presented as historical truth or that even if they are clearly marked as being from the bible, that the timeline of some events is off because it's been adjusted to correspond with the bible. We are schooling secularly so while I could skip the stories, I don't want the facts to be wrong and I'm not up on my history enough to know when the dates are off really in all honesty. So because of this I considered History Odyssey instead which still uses SOTW. But I've read that the SOTW activities are superior to the HO ones. So...I considered just buying it all....HO, SOTW (possibly on CD), the SOTW AG, CHOW, the Usborne encyclopedia, whatever else I need to buy. I figured I could follow HO but pick and choose the most fun/easiest to implement activities from both programs. Does that make sense or is that silly? Is there some other great alternative program that I'm not familiar with that would be fairly open and go, engaging, and secular? Art: I just ordered the Usborne Art Treasury and we'll learn about some artists and do corresponding projects from there and also just holiday crafts and stuff of that nature. I don't feel a need for a real formal art program in 1st grade. Music: Don't have anything planned for this yet. Open to suggestions. Would prefer inexpensive though. Critical Thinking/Logic: Mind Benders, Lollipop Logic etc. Anything important that I'm missing that should be included? I'd really appreciate any advice. Particularly on math and history. :bigear: Thanks for reading all this!
  3. Can we get a list made up? I know "just SOTW" is an option too, but I'm thinking here of programs that a sane person wouldn't supplement. EDITED -- Here's a list with all of what we've added so far so newcomers to the thread can scan this for any they might think to add. Bringing Up Learners http://bringinguplearners.com/mosaic-myths-maps-and-marvels/ WinterPromise http://www.winterpromise.com/ancient_world.html History Odyssey http://www.pandiapress.com/?page_id=103#level1 A World of Adventure: Units 1 - 3 http://learning-adventures.org/Volume_One/volume_one.html SOTW with AG http://www.welltrainedmind.com/the-story-of-the-world-curriculumactivity-guide-i/ EpiKardia http://www.epikardia.com/catalog_daily_lesson_plans.html BiblioPlan http://www.biblioplan.net/2011/04/introduction-to-year-one.html'>http://www.biblioplan.net/2011/04/introduction-to-year-one.html'>http://www.biblioplan.net/2011/04/introduction-to-year-one.html'>http://www.biblioplan.net/2011/04/introduction-to-year-one.html My Father's World: Creation to the Greeks http://www.biblioplan.net/2011/04/introduction-to-year-one.html Heart of Wisdom Can someone provide a link? Their page was confusing. Ancient Civilizations and the Bible by Waring http://dianawaring.com/store/history-products/curriculum/ancient-civilizations-and-the-bible Mystery of History http://www.themysteryofhistory.info/volumeI.shtml Veritas Press http://www.veritaspress.com/products.asp?dept=1029 Tapestry of Grace Year one http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/year1/ Guest Hollow Ancient World History http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/history/ancient/books.html History Portfolio & Junior http://www.homeschooljourney.com/alaunch.html Beautiful Feets Ancients http://www.bfbooks.com/Ancient-History-Study-Guide Classical House of Learning Ancients http://www.classicalhouseoflearning.com/grammar.htm TruthQuest Beginnings/OT/Ancient Egypt/Ancient Greece & Rome http://www.truthquesthistory.com/store/products.php?categoryParentName=Books&categoryName=Ancient+Egypt%2FAncient+Greece&itemId=38 Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ http://www.heartofdakota.com/hearts-for-him.php Sonlight Core B http://www.sonlight.com/core-b.html and Sonlight Core G http://www.sonlight.com/core-g.html Greenleaf Press http://www.greenleafpress.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=56&zenid=e6425bb6b2e31869aa91bc5f607afd2e Konos History of the World Year One http://www.konos.com/www/HOW1.html
  4. I'm doing some planning ahead for my preschoolers and although I like the idea of hitting the history cycle three times, I am wondering how the study of ancients goes with a first grader. Is it too remote? Over their heads? What are your actual goals the first time around? I really like the VP materials and SOTW. Talk to me.
  5. Anyone want to share what they are planning on using when their dc begin 1st grade? (I've seen a bunch of threads for other grades so why not the upcoming 1st graders!!;)) Here's what I *think* we may use: Bible - BJU Math - continuing with BJU(?) and Horizons, with MEP and CWP. Science - Noeo Chemistry I Phonics/Reading - ETC, Brain Bank Readers and other readers we have Handwriting - nothing formal History - continue American History using Sonlight materials and other resources/projects I've gathered Anyone else? :D
  6. I have a 5 year old who is working on his letters and numbers at preschool. He has not mastered his handwriting but he is reading at a 1st-2nd grade level. Should I start him with HWT for Kindergarten or 1st grade? I have read that some of the kids fly through these books. Any advice?
  7. My DD will be in first grade next year and so far I am planning on: OPGTR FLL 1 WWE 1 AAS 1 SOTW 1 Apologia (astronomy or botany I haven't decided yet) Bible study for all ages Music will be piano lessons from Daddy I am stuck on what to do for math and I am not sure if I should add in some vocabulary or not. I would also like to do an art program but I don't even know where to start there. I will be doing memory work that corresponds with the other subjects. I will be doing some HOP spanish at first and them adding something in when we are done with that. Is this enough, too much, just right? This will be our first year homeschooling more than preschool learn through fun type stuff.
  8. Hello, I am trying to prepare somewhat for next school year. My son will be in first grade beginning in late August of this year. We will be going from about 2 hours of schooling per day to four hours per day (Ga. law). I am no longer worried about getting four hours in per day thanks to some helpful advice from people on this forum who responded to one of my other recent threads, but I am looking for a little more help. I was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to share their daily schedule for a first grader. Do you find that certain subjects should be addressed first thing in the morning? Are there certain things you do every single day and other things that you split up over the week? How does your schedule flow? I will be splitting my son's schooling time up throughout the day. I just haven't figured out how and what we should tackle first and then at the end. I just need to get some ideas and then I am sure I can create a schedule that will work well for us. Thanks sooo much for sharing and I hope that everyone has a wonderful day! : )
  9. Do (or did) you do science and history on the same day or did you rotate them? I'm wondering if I should alternate days or weeks or try to do them each every day? btw, thank you all so much for answering all my questions - I have been loving the wealth of information here. My WTM book should be in the library this week, and I'm sure I'll have LOTS more questions :)
  10. Homeschool share has a new section for the workboxes. I'm not doing workboxes, but I found a nice insect classification game there. I, also, found a months of a year print out. Oh and some insect dominoes (we glued these to cereal boxes and they dried today..he can't wait to play tomorrow). My 1st grader is not independent. But, I'm finding I need some things to keep him busy while I'm with someone else. If I don't he will end up wandering off. He gets into "trouble" :D easily. But, I'm looking for educational things. He loves this kind of stuff. I like the idea of having a few things I can put together that are related to what we are studying or that hit on things a young boy needs to learn anyway.
  11. Hi, We're really excited about starting first grade in the next few weeks.. I'm getting ready to prepare the lesson plans and things. And I was wondering (since I was thinking of doing it, but then wanted to know if it was "over-kill) do you set goals for the year? If so - how specific or vague are they?: Are there in line with you states standards for the grade level, or are they more like "finish the Grammar Book by x date" Or are they more tailored to your own child (even if they do not correspond to the state's standards) or do you just use the State Standard as your benchmark to follow? Then how "hard" do you adhere to those goals? Do change them often, or try to stick to them come rain or shine, or take more of a middle ground? Thanks, Kate
  12. I'm pondering next year's curriculum options. I've been thinking about science for next year, and would like to do what the WTM suggests with 20 weeks Animal Kingdom, 10 weeks Human Body and 6 weeks Plant Kingdom. My question really stems from the fact that my ds LOVES animals. We've done a lot of animal studies already, and have plans to do more. How should I approach the first 20 weeks? I've been thinking about concentrating more on invertebrates, since this is not the area my son is as interested in. But that won't take 20 weeks. We've been doing some classification, but nothing super detailed. But I don't think 1st grade is the time to do more than classify mammal/bird/etc. My other thought is to extend the other topics and shorten the animal kingdom. What would you extend and by how much? Or maybe I should just plan the 16 weeks (or so) of human and plant studies and then let him dictate the animal learning? I'm just trying to get an idea of what I should for next year, so I can better plan what materials I will need. I'll probably buy the Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia, just because ds will love it, not matter how we use it.
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