This year, we’re not planning on purchasing any official curriculum. Below is our pieced together, mostly from materials we already have on hand, curriculum. In a small way I feel like this helps to balance the fact that we’re still paying off my Elementary Ed degree
Our children will be learning about God, his love for them, and what they can do to love him back. For our “official” Bible studies we’ll be continuing with breakfast readings from 365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories. We’ll also be walking through the Bible with the What’s in the Bible? DVDs and the My Bible Coloring Book.
We’ll also be reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible as well as other Bible storybooks.
We’ll continue to focus on prayer with our Prayer Pail and we’ll keep memorizing scripture with this simple Scripture Memory Box system (which, by the way, we love). For more ideas check out our Raising Children of God Pinterest board.
Our family will be focusing on reading lots of great books together. We’ll also be listening to some wonderful audio books (partly so I can get some work done and partly because we all enjoy them so much).
All of the kids will continue to utilize our growing collection of Alphabet books and Alphabet activity books. We will also interact through many Alphabet activities and games and continue to talk about letters, letter sounds and words in real life situations.
We will also be learning and reviewing with several Alphabet videos including Letter Factory, WordWorld (Rocket to the Moon, Lucky Duck, Flying Ant), and free online videos as well. We’ll also be attending story time at our local library once a week.
Jonathan and Eliya will also be doing a very simply Letter of the Week focus with a two or three activities each week on a specific letter.
Emahry will continue with simple phonics work and will continue to learn sight words from the Dolch sight word list to help make reading easier. She’ll keep reading with Set 1 of Bob Books, which my mom gave us, and will complete many of the activities we’ve pinned in our Teach Me to Read board. Emahry will also continue to write in real world situations, making to-do lists, writing letters to family and friends and writing labels and descriptions of drawings. She’ll also work on writing her full name, address and phone number. We like this website for making handwriting printables.
For a general overview we’ll be reading through the History for Little Pilgrims that I picked up at Goodwill for less than a dollar. This book has 15 short chapters, each with a simply activity and a handful of questions. We’ll go through one chapter each week.
After that we plan on starting a history overview using children’s books. We have not decided yet if we’ll begin in the beginning with books on the Ancient World or if we’ll start closer to present day with an overview of American History. Here’s a list of children’s books about the Ancient World divided by time period and civilization. My friend, Kristin, has a great list of American History books organized into time periods as well.
We’ll be spending the first 11 weeks teaching and reviewing numbers 0-10 with a number of the week for our three oldest children. We’ll also be using numbers in real world counting and completing lots of the counting activities found here. We may also go back to the Funnix Beginning Math Program once Emahry becomes more consistent with recognizing written numbers.
Emahry will also be keeping a math journal for recording facts about numbers (or like this), counting, graphing, and pattern work. We’ll also add some number activities like this to her journal. We have this Primary Journal with space for drawing at the top and lines for writing on the bottom half.
Emahry will also work on counting to 100 and will begin to work with money, skip counting, and simple addition and subtraction using a variety of books, workbooks and activities. She’ll be using some of these free 20 question math practices at least once a week as well.
This fall, we’ll be focusing on a nature study of trees. We’ll be reading lots of books about trees, starting with this list, and enjoying the autumn weather observing local trees and collecting lots of leaves. We’ll also be completing some tree and leaf projects we’ve pinned here. In the spring we’ll pick back up with our study of plants and gardening.
We’ll also be studying the seasons through books and activities.
We’ll be starting the year with a simple study of shapes and how to draw them. We’ll then begin combining different shapes to make pictures. We’ll be following many of the How to Draw… activities pinned to our Art Activities board. We’ll also have some fun making fingerprint art like this.
We’ll be using Songs for Sapling Questions with Answers CDs as part of our Music time this year. We will listen to these 4 CDs throughout the day. I’m sure the ABCs and 123s CDs will sneak into our rotation as well. We’ll also focus on learning two different hymns, This is My Father’s World and Take My Life, and Let it Be.
Our kids are all very active. We will continue to play at home and at local parks & playgrounds. We will also go on regular nature walks. During warmer weather, our children will regularly swim in their grandparent’s pool. We’ll also be using these fun movement songs to get some wiggles out.
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