This past year, Juliet has attended a one-day-a-week school that offers classes for homeschoolers. (She was in preschool). I had no intention of homeschooling her when we first enrolled her--I just was looking for a preschool option that was close to our home and was only one day a week.
Over the course of the year, I fell in love with the teachers and the school and was sad that we would have to leave that environment when she started kindergarten this fall.
At the last minute, Ben and I decided to enroll her in the homeschool "school" and jump into the homeschooling adventure with her for kindergarten. She will continue to attend one day a week at this school complete with classrooms, teachers, other students her age, and then work on the rest of her studies at home with me.
So. That brings us to today.
Her school starts in another week and I am busy gathering my thoughts and ideas and BOOKS for us to use this year.
I've been scouring the internet to see what other people are using, what they like, and what looks interesting to me. I am so thankful to have the tremendous resources that other bloggers have shared, so I thought I'd do the same.
Sometimes it is just nice to see what other people are using. Of course, we haven't started much of this yet, so I can't give too much of a review yet, but it will come--maybe at the end of the year.
Also, I hope this doesn't scare off those of you that don't homeschool--if you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I am just a book-loving-mama who checks out a ton of books each week at the library. Learning comes hand-in-hand with reading, so we've been doing a lot of that along the way. I don't expect much to change in our process really except that it will adjust to Juliet's development and learning phases.
So, while yes, we are homeschooling this year, it doesn't mean that I'll stop writing about books. In fact, I'll probably just write about more.
Hope that's okay. :)
So without further rambling, here is what I've rounded up for us so far:
I've mentioned this earlier (we started this in May) and it has been going really well! I definitely recommend this if you like a slow, simple approach to teaching reading. We just do one lesson a day (about 4 or 5 days a week) and little by little, she is picking it up! We also use our set of Bob Books so she can read a book on her own to me. We've also started checking out early readers at the library each week.
We are using Math-U-See Alpha to start the year. This past year, she completed the Primer level and we were both really happy with it. She learned so much and enjoyed it at the same time. The above photo is from the time lesson--she built the clock with her manipulatives and after about 3 lessons, she could tell time on a clock with hands.
In her preschool this past year, she took a handwriting class that used Handwriting Without Tears. Since it worked so well for her, we are continuing with it at home this year.
As a former English teacher, I could not resist ordering a copy of Sentence School for us to try this year. I think it will be a simple way to begin writing skills.
Also, we will be using Five in a Row: Volume 1.
Geography Through Art has a great collection of art projects from around the world. I'll use this as inspiration throughout the year.
I've mentioned this book before (we first checked it out from the library and Juliet asked if we could keep it. I bought a copy for us and also More Fun with Nature .
We also are signed up for the Young Scientist Club monthly subscription program.
We'll use Geography through Art and also experiment with various mediums and try out different projects/ideas from art blogs and library books such as the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series: Georgia O'Keeffe (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
A Child's History of the World
Is a book we will add to our bedtime reading line-up. It's pretty long, so we'll see how long it takes us to read through it.
That's what I have so far. I'm still working on it, but I think I have most of what I need. The library will provide a huge amount of extra books and I'm sure I'll be sharing a lot of booklists for you this year after we check out, oh, I don't know, EVERY single flower book in the entire library system in the next several months.
I also frequently pin things that look interesting or worth checking out on my kindergarten learning resources board. Between that and my books to read board, you can get an idea of what I'm researching.
Are any of you homeschooling your kids this year? Any kindergarten teachers out there that can suggest your favorite books or resources? I'd love to hear about books, materials, blogs or anything you really love for kindergarten.
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