After reading the awesome blog posts and curriculum summary over at Satori Smiles, I purchased The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) and devoured it in less than two days. I LOVE the classical approach to homeschooling but definitely believe that it needs should be tweaked a little (we love art, music, and learning to express our emotions).
Here is our curriculum for the Kindergarten School Year 2011-2012. We are using a variety of resources including the Calvert Pre-K curriculum that I purchased last year but did not use in its entirety as I realized that All-in-One products are not for us. Keep in mind that Art and Music portions are missing as well as a few other things that we are going to be including in the future. I will add them as soon as we figure those out.
In our home, I am the primary homeschooler, but Daddy participates as much as possible (which is often). He created the Math, Science, and Logic sections our curriculum!
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- Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (TYC) – 5x/week; main coursework
- Explode the Code (ETC) – 3x/week; We do one letter sound a day, roughly about 12 pages.
- Various Early Reader Books
Supplements used on occasion:
- Progressive Phonics: For everything! Completely free and full of phonics goodness.
- Jumpstart.com - Subscription based service that provides a plethora of learning games.
- Your Baby Can Read – really good books, flashcards, and video supplements. We will use the books and flashcards for on the go sight word practice.
- Starfall.com – free site that we will use when I need to work.
- Calvert: We have the Calvert Curriculum for Pre-K but it has a lot of good material for literature. We will use this as our primary curriculum.
- LibriVox: Free Audiobooks (recordings of books in the Public Domain)
- Various Read-alouds
- HWT K – “Letters and Numbers For Me”: 5x/week Mya has known how to write her letters since she was 2 but she needs a lot of help with writing neater on between lines. We are going to use HWT because it seems like it is the best program. We also already have the chalkboard thanks to my sister-in-law who is a Teacher’s Assistant.
Supplements used on occasion
- Various handwriting worksheets and activity books: We will use these for more practice.
- Plain Composition Notebooks: we urge her to write all day. We play word games and connect the dots and more.
- RightStart Math A – 3-4x/week. $45 for the lesson book and $5 for the worksheet book. No need to by the kit since we have most of the manipulatives and/or can buy from teaching store. Will give an outline for what must be accomplished and will tailor lessons based on strong/weak points.
- Singapore EarlyBird – 1-2x/week. Textbook A & B $22 ea. Activity book A & B $16.50 ea. Highly rated homeschooling resource that again can offer backbone outline and lesson plan.
Supplements used on occasion
- iXL- free web-based site that offers interactive Math questions.
- MathBlaster.com (from Jumpstart.com): LOVE this! Subscription-based math games.
- Kidzone free printable Math worksheets
- Math is Fun another site offering free printable Math worksheets
- K Basic Math Workbook: We only have the workbook as I purchased it second-hand but I like the exercises.
Math Reading Books (The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition))
- Burns, Marilyn. Greedy Triangle. New York: Scholastic, 2008.
- Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno’s Multiplying Jar. New York: Paper Star, 1999.
- Murphy, Stuart J. Divide and Ride. New York: Harper Trophy, 1997.
- McGinley-Nally, Sharon. Spaghetti and Meatballs for All: A Mathematical Story. New York: Scholastic, 2008.
- Neushwander, Cindy. Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure. Watertown, Mass.: Charlesbridge Publishing, 2002.
- Axelrod, Amy. Pigs Will Be Pigs: Fun with Math & Money. New York: Alladdin, 1997.
- Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2 by Bernard J Nebel – 1-2x a week. $24.10 Offers an organized sampling of the many different areas of Science.
- Science Discovery- 1-2x a week. Free Web Based Pre-K and Kindergarten Science Lessons.
- Regular Trips to the Zoo
Supplements used on occasion
- Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences (Bright Ideas for Learning), by MaryAnn F. Kohl. $12.89 great lesson ideas that teach art and science at the same time.
- Activities for Kids free web site that provides Kindergarten Science Activities
- Educational Toy Factory another free web site that offers Kindergarten Science Projects.
- Williams, Robert A. Mudpies to Magnets. Mt. Ranier, Md.: Gryphon House, 1987.
- Williams, Robert A. More Mudpies to Magnets. Mt. Ranier, Md.: Gryphon House, 1990.
- Rockwell, Robert E., et al. Everybody Has a Body: Science from Head to Toe. Mt. Ranier, Md.: Gryphon House, 1992.
- Early Learning Skills (Master Skills)- 1x a week. $6.95 Workbook that used to strengthen thinking skills
- Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities, 1x a week. $10.36. Worksheets and activities that focus on 7 different thinking skills
- Virtual Perceptual Skill Building Book 1, 1x a week. $25.
- Kindergarten Prehistory by Raising Science – this is a $6 curriculum that guides us through what Mya will need to know before we delve into history.
- Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
Supplements used on Occasion (Forthcoming)
- Nature Walks and Scavenger Hunts
- Swimming (Seasonal)
- Sports Skills and Gymnastics @ The Little Gym
- Bike Riding
- Zumba and other dance classes
- Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge
- Wii Dance Dance Revolution
- Wii EA Active and More EA Active
- Wii Michael Jackson: the Experience