Our Curriculum

(Please disregard the formatting of this post. I can’t get it to cooperate.)

For the first post I will go ahead and list some of the main materials we are using this year for Camden.

Right now Camden is 5 and is considered a Kindergartner. She will turn 6 on Christmas Eve. We started our school year on September 1st, 2010. We began by using a hodge podge of materials that I had on hand until I picked up a copy of The Well Trained Mind. I then revamped everything that we were doing to begin following a Classical Education route. We keep tweaking things here and there as we discover what works for us, and as we learn about different methods and curriculum for various subjects.

Math:

Math-u-see Alpha combined with

 

 

 

 

Math Mammoth 1 or Singapore 1A.

We’re having a hard time deciding between Singapore and Math Mammoth. We started with Singapore but going back and forth between the workbook, textbook and home instructor guide is obnoxious. I really like the simplicity of Math Mammoth but so far Camden loves the pictures and color in Singapore. My goal is to drop Singapore but we’ll see what happens. I really like the balance between using Math-u-see and Math Mammoth.

Mind Benders Beginning Book 1 (PreK-K)

Classic Deductive reasoning puzzles

Writing/Language Arts:

Writing With Ease: Level 1 Workbook

This teaches basic skills in writing via simple narrations and copy work of quality literature.



First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1

Teaches basic grammar skills

Italic Handwriting Series: Book A

Teaches basic handwriting in an italic form

Spelling

Our Own Thing

Up until now we have just been working on weekly spelling lists from the most common used words. Doing 5 words at a time. However, now that we are switching to Webster’s 1824 American Spelling Book for our reading program we will use the same program to develop her spelling skills.

Memorization

We memorize poetry and/or scripture daily.

Reading:

Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

Up until the last few days we’ve been using Phonics Pathways which we’ve enjoyed and has worked well. However, I recently learned about teaching reading and spelling using a syllabary approach and this is the route we will now take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Webster’s 1824 American Spelling Book

Over the last 2 day’s we have dropped Phonics Pathways and switched over to Webster’s 1824 American Spelling Book to teach both reading and spelling. This is a phonics based approach using the syllabary.

Read Aloud’s

Lots and lots of books that I read aloud. Ranging from classics, fairy tales,  picture books, poetry, history, science, audio books and CD’s, etc.

History:

The Story of the World: Volume 1: Ancient Times

A chronological history of the world beginning with ancient times. We are listening to the audio version on CD and then following along in our book, activity guide and related books from the library


A Child’s History of the World

We are concurrently using this book which also follows history chronologically. So far we like SOTW much better and I’m not sure how long we’ll stick to reading this book as well. I usually read this book to Camden while she does the coloring pages from the SOTW activity guide.

Science:

Our Own Thing

We are studying the animal kingdom. Camden has been picking one animal to study at a time and we’ve been learning about that animal through books, videos and online resources.

I picked up Elemental Biology but so far we haven’t started using it.

Fine Arts:

Our Own Thing

We are simply having fun doing arts and crafts. We have lots of fun resources like Draw Write Now, Books , crafts and activity books, and lots and lots of art materials but we’re not following any type of curriculum.

Spanish

Camden is taking a Spanish immersion class for beginners with other homeschoolers in the k-2 range. She has class for 1 hour, twice a week.


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