I’ve been in the zone, working hard this entire week to finalize our curriculum. My 4-year-old will be formally starting “school” this year, so I wanted to make sure that what we used for both our school aged kiddos would be doable, as it will be harder to switch things up mid year. I’m fortunate that my oldest is going into 6th grade, so she is able to do a lot of work independently. She won’t be doing everything independently, but with lot of the worksheets, reading, and writing – she no longer needs me right next to her all the time.
My 4-year-old knows a LOT more than I thought she did. Apparently, she IS paying attention even if I think she isn’t! :)
I expect to be surprised this year at how much of what I plan on teaching her, she may already know.
Because of this, I am planning on covering preschool, and dance around a bit with some K4 material as she shows readiness.
I’m not jumping into full on Kindergarten just yet, but if she shows readiness I will let her take me at her pace.
Here is what I have on the plans for her:
And I’ll be mixing in lessons from the following, as she is ready – and will continue with the one(s) that she responds to best. I suspect I will end up with a smush of a few :). :
- Blue Manor PreSchool
- Reading Through The Alphabet
- God’s Little Explorers
- Expedition Earth – I am doing this with both of them together, more of a fun thing. I don’t think she’ll “get it” all, but I still want to give it a shot.
She will also be using ABCmouse.com.
And I’ll be mixing in the following here and there:
- Virtue Training Bible
- Reading (listening) to the bible in one year with Bible.is (it’s an animated audio bible, I think the kids would really enjoy it)
We will also read and work through:
- By me, with me
Art and Music
This is just a plan. I’m not sure what her learning style is since this is her first year, and I am unsure how she will respond to any of these curriculums! She is one of those kids that will sit down with you all day if she’s learning something new, and very well may love them all. I also want options right in front of me so that don’t have to start searching mid year (or weeks in) for something else.
At first glance, this may look like a lot. But it works for her!
She also loves to read, A LOT! I have handed her books that I had hoped would last at least a month, and she ended up reading them in a few days (and actually retains the information). This is the reason we have so much reading material, and could potentially add in more as the school year unfolds.
English (Language Arts)
- Classical Literature Studies
- Wordly Wise
- Poetry – Classic Poetry Aloud, Elements of Poetry, and possibly The Art of Poetry later in the year.
History/Geography (including related reading)
- Story of The World (along with some of the reading from Classical House of Learning)
- Famous Men of Rome (with teacher guide)
- Famous Men of Greece (with teacher guide)
- The Trojan War (with teacher guide)
- Expedition Earth – For her this is just to do some fun Geography. I plan on adapting some of the material to suit her age if it feels too “little kid” for her
- Math U See Delta and then Epsilon (she completed Gamma in two months, I hope she’ll take longer with these! :) )
- Character Studies – we love the ones from COAH and we will also be using other resources as well as I see fitting.
- A mix of Grapevine Studies and Calvary Curriculum
- Who is God?
- The Dig
- Virtue Training Bible
- Reading/Listening to the bible in one year with Bible.is
- She will also be using her ESV Grow! Bible
Music and Art
- By me, with me
- Notebooking Pages (anywhere and everywhere we can)
- Reading: We are thinking of adding in some more reading. Possibly Little Women, Narnia, the Percy Jackson series, the Hobbit, Harry Potter, or something like those. She’s loves to read and reads fast.I am looking for something that will challenge her a bit more. Whichever we choose, I hope to find a study guide to go along with it as well, unless it’s just for recreational reading (which she loves). I may also use some of the suggested reading from AmblesideOnline for 6th grade. There is also Novel Study page, which is filled with links to study guides of many books.
- Not sure what to nest this under, as it’s not really part of a “class”. We will also be reading through Beautiful Girlhood this year. I purchased it this summer, read through it and loved it. I can not wait to read it with her. I plan on ordering the companion guide to go along with it.
We don’t teach everything every day, and since winter is long here – we have a lot of indoor time during those months, which allows us to do extra lessons here and there if we want.
Head on over to iHomeschool Network and check out what other homeschoolers are doing this year!