Our Curriculum

2012-2013: First Grade Year
Sonlight Core B with Handle on the Arts
Sonlight Science B
Sonlight Language Arts 1 and Readers 3
Language Arts: First Language Lessons, All About Spelling
Math: MEP 2, Singapore 1, XtraMath
Handwriting: Zaner Bloser 1
Music: Bastien Piano Primer
Music Appreciation: Classics for Kids
Foreign Language: Espanol Para Los Chiquitos
Health: KidsHealth Healthy Habits for Life, SAMHSA Building Blocks for a Healthy Life
Art: Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1
Art Appreciation: Come Look With Me books
Life Skills: Cooking, cleaning, everyday learning
Computer Skills: TuxPaint, Starfall, PBSkids, Addimals, and Minecraft

Resources:
Netflix
AmazonPrime
Starfall
PBSkids
Lego Robotics
Draw, Write, Now


2011-2012:Kindergarten Year
Sonlight Core A with Handle on the Arts
Sonlight Science A
Sonlight Language Arts and Readers 1
Math: Math-U-See Primer
Handwriting: Handwriting Without Tears K
Music: Pfeiffer Music K / Bastien Piano Primer
Music Appreciation: Classics for Kids
Foreign Language: Hooked on Spanish
Health: KidsHealth Healthy Habits for Life, SAMHSA Building Blocks for a Healthy Life
Art: Artistic Pursuits K-3 Book 1
Art Appreciation: Come Look With Me books
Life Skills: Cooking, cleaning, everyday learning
Computer Skills: TuxPaint, Starfall, PBSkids

Resources:
Discovery Education Streaming
Netflix
Starfall
PBSkids


2010-2011:
Many of our things are similar to 2010. We have moved up to Sonlight P4/5.

Reading
Movable Alphabet.
Pink, Blue and Green Cards.
Starfall.com, more.starfall.com and Starfall’s readers.
The TAG reader with the short vowel sound and long vowel sound books.
Lakeshore Learning Sight Word, Word Family and Emergent Readers.

Writing
Kumon! He loves it.

Math
Counting rods (homemade).
Mighty Mind.
Tanagrams.
Apothecary scale and weights.
Lots of manipulatives.
Singapore Math.
Marbles and numbers. He’s having a blast with adding and subtracting.


2010:
I hesitate to call it a “curriculum” because, at this stage, Bean is barely preschool age. However, right now he’s progressed to being able to read short phonetic stories, add and generally do early kindergarten work. So much of this stuff can be labeled as actual “school”, I suppose.

I like to think of us as Montessori unschooling workboxers with some Charlotte Mason thrown in. Er, that is to say, I just kind of do whatever works. My general approach to the whole thing has been greatly influenced by the Montessori method. I believe that, if Bean wants to learn it, he will. I can’t force ┬áhim to do a thing he doesn’t want to and I refuse to do so. We absolutely don’t follow the method strictly, but I like to think we follow the spirit in which it was created. I will guide his learning, but only so far as he wants me to.

Reading
Movable Alphabet.
Pink, Blue and Green Cards.
Lakeshore 3-Letter Picture-Word Match.
Starfall.com, more.starfall.com and Starfall’s readers.
The TAG reader with the short vowel sound and long vowel sound books.
Leapfrog Sing Along Read Along.
Lakeshore Learning Sight Word, Word Family and Emergent Readers.
Bob books.

Writing
Cursive practice sheets.

Math
Counting rods (homemade).
Mighty Mind.
Tanagrams.
Apothecary scale and weights.
Lots of manipulatives.
Singapore Math.

We’re currently using Sonlight P3/4 for the love of books. It’s a wonderful little program and the books are priceless. Bean has been exposed to more really cool stories this way. We love it.

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