It’s fun to homeschool! It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. I recently sat down and updated my scope and sequence for the year. We only have 5 months left because we end in December. Wow. Time flies.
RB is 5 years old. I homeschooled him last year (2011) using various preschool materials, but nothing formal except Saxon Kindergarten Math. I used the Kindergarten Core Knowledge book for guidance. I also used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We made it to lesson 60 and RB gave out on me. BUT the cool thing about homeschooling is: I can find something else to teach with! So I pulled in the Abeka Kindergarten Enrichment series and the first book in the first grade series. Then the year ended.
This year (2012), RB is working on:
Grade 1 Saxon Math (doing two days per lesson once the fact tests began),
A Reason for Spelling (about 2 weeks per spelling list),
Abeka Grade 1 Reading
100 Easy Lessons (he has 20 lessons left!)
Positive Action Kindergarten (Bible)
ASCI Kindergarten (Bible)
Art, Music, Spanish, sign language, and kindergarten Latin (These are different activities that go along with Bible, Science, or Social Studies. This also includes CDs we listen to in the car. That is a GREAT place to teach music and languages.)
Science: (Apologia as a base with LOTS of books from the library)
Human Body: cells, skeleton, bones, muscles, brain, eye, heart, blood, ears, nose, digestion, taste/teeth/food, private parts, skin, 5 senses, germs, feelings, safety. A list of books I used can be found HERE.
Plants: parts of a plant, needs of plants, photosynthesis, trees, uses for trees and plants, types of leaves, types of plants (monocots and dicots/deciduous and conifer) My plant unit and all the books I used will be posted soon.
Animals: TO COME
I have chosen, at this point, to push off history. We’ve done some Social Studies such as geography, map skills, and even biographies. But for now I want my kids to know as much of the scriptures as possible. Next year, in January, I plan on beginning some state history and then adding US history. Once RB knows about where he lives and has a simple foundation of Bible history, then I will add in ancient history. (This is the My Father’s World philosophy of history and it made sense to me.)
Sweet Cheeks is 3 years old and has started Preschool this year along with the Saxon Kindergarten book. And she is doing well. I pulled a bunch of “preschool workbooks” for her to work on and she has completed a few of those. She also has the kindergarten Hooked on Phonics book that I picked up somewhere. But she usually just tags along with RB whenever we do science, art, and music. If she gets bored or tired…off she goes to play. She loves her school time though. I wasn’t planning on doing much more with her, but she has had such a desire to read that I have started the 100 Easy Lessons with her. We shall see how the year progresses with her.