Thursday, June 18, 2009

Homeschool Fun!

Okay, so for many school just ended. But I am already starting to gear up for our upcoming Kindergarten year. This week, we purchased our main cirriculum and have started collected the stuff that we need to go with it.
Our main cirriculum is called Five in a Row. Essentially, it takes wonderful children's picture books and creates lessons covering science, applied math, language, arts, and social studies from it. Some of the books that I have already collected for our year include Madeline, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, and Clown of God. I have already found things and great books I would have otherwise never known about. I am thinking that I might give it a go already in July, after I have collected enough stuff.
Also, I am collecting books for our read-aloud list. Right now, titles include The Hundred Dresses, The Wizard of Oz, The Boxcar Children, and Five True Dog Stories. This list of books is being complied from many different sources. J is also loving the Magic Tree House books, so we just picked up a bunch of them off ebay for a great price. This reading list is so much fun and I can't wait to read all these great books with my kids--It seems like a lot of these books are ones that I never read, so in a way I am reading them for the first time too! (But we love to read lots of books, so willingly take suggestions!)
After that comes math and for that we have found a fantastic and rigourous math program out of singapore called Singapore Math. It gives the kind of learning in math that I want for the kids, but will hold up academically. (Math is sorta important in my family. I want my kids to be well-versed in this area.)
After these basic things there still comes some other stuff--the Handbook for Nature Study and outdoor study, handwriting and dictation, and basics like time, dates, manners, basic characteristics of God and the actions of a good kid.
So we're cruising right along. Can't wait for the fun to start. . .


Marissa said...

Wow. That sounds awesome. Can I come over for story time?

Meika said...

That's awesome, Sammy! I have no desire to homeschool - and yet, I'd love to do all of this with my girls! I'm excited to hear about how it all goes.