Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kindergarten 2014-2015

Easter 2014

The key to this year will be flexibility and easy planning! We must learn a lot, have fun and be flexible at the same time. Each week, I will post what we did (hopefully with pictures) so I can hold myself accountable. My biggest struggle will be keeping a good time management plan, and if I do fall behind, don’t give up because I’m not really behind.

We will be going to the library at least two times a month, going on field trips at least two times a month, learning with Clever Dragons, and doing a variety of other online and hands-on learning.

I’m anticipating a lot of carschooling so we will plan on reading the books while traveling, as needed, and doing the hands-on activities at home.  As I said…FLEXIBILITY!!!

Morning Work:
                This will include a notebook with a variety of pages to fill out each day like calendar, number of the day, and clock. Pages will change throughout the year as necessary. Also, copywork will be assigned, after Christmas, a couple times a week and put in this notebook. Just because it’s “morning work” doesn’t mean that it has to be in the morning. We may do it while we are at another activity or just later in the day. I need a more fun name for this section.

Bible/Devotions/Character Study:
We will do one reading/activity a day from a devotional or character study book, and work on a monthly memory verse.
            Some of the books we are using:
            Gotta Have God, Ages 2-5, Volumes 1&2
Leading Little Ones to God

We will be testing the waters to learn to read. If he’s interested, we will proceed. If he’s not, we will do lots of phonics games and continue working on letters and try again after Christmas.
The resources we are going to try:
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Easy Peasy Homeschool –Start with Getting Ready 1, Day 172 (
BOB Books

We will be reading a lot of anthologies, chapter books, picture books and poems throughout the day.
We will read a chapter a day out of a chapter book.
We will also memorize one poem a month.
Picture Books will be used to cover topics in other subjects or fun reading. I will make a list of all the books we read this year.
We will begin oral narration on some selections as the mood strikes.
The anthologies we will be using:
More Mother Stories
We will use the following resources for several years:
Selections from Rhymes for Little Hands
Selections from Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes
Selections from The Big Book of Nursery Rhymes
Selections from Nursery Rhymes
Selections from A Book of Nursery Rhymes
Selections from Shel Silverstein books and other books on our shelves
Selections from Poems for the Very Young
Selections from A Child’s Garden of Verses

Center for the Innovation of Teaching Mathematics Year 1
Lots of math manipulatives will be accessible for both guided play and free play
Math with Cuisenaire Rods class at local co-op

Our focus for the year will be a nature study throughout the seasons. We will go on nature walks at least weekly and draw pictures or post things we see in a notebook.
We will also read a portion every day from one of these books:
Mother Earth’s Children: the Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables
The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley (38 chap. 8 weeks)
The Burgess Animal Book by Thomas W. Burgess (40 chap. 8 weeks)
The Burgess Bird Book by Thomas W. Burgess (45 chap. 9 weeks)

Social Studies/Geography/History/Biography:
We will learn about the various holidays (both big and small) throughout the year.
We will study Johnny Appleseed since he went through our area.
We will also explore the world around us and how we fit in beginning with our family, street, town, state, country, continent, and world. We will also learn about maps and globes. We will do a variety of activities for each of these, including making continent boxes, taking some field trips and making a family tree.

Come Look with Me: World of Play by Gladys Blizzard
Come Look with Me: Animals by Gladys Blizzard
Come Look With Me: Exploring Landscape Art With Children by Gladys Blizzard
Work on cutting, drawing, and coloring within lines.  Explore some handwork like wordworking, sculpting clay, sewing, and painting.

Baby Einstein music videos
Selections from Songs with Music
Music class from local co-op

Play outside, exercise with Mom, walk the treadmill, kids’ exercise game on wii, or other planned indoor activities to get them moving.
Gym class from local co-op

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