It is thrilling to have the curriculum and materials ready to go for this upcoming school year! Here is what we will be working on:
Snootz – 5/6 years old
- Science – Science Experiments for Young Learners by Evan-Moor, Science Arts by MaryAnn Kohl
- Geography – Beginning Geography by Evan-Moor
- Spelling – All About Spelling, Level 2
- Reading – All About Reading, Level 2 (I am second-guessing this choice because Snootz is such a strong reader already but since I purchased the materials a while ago I will go ahead with it. Plus extra reading practice is always a good thing and I think he will really enjoy the activities. But if it ends up just being busy work for him I will not continue with it.)
- Math – Math-U-See, Alpha (he already completed the addition portion of the book so he will continue with subtraction), Math-U-See, Beta (he will start this once he completes Alpha)
- Art – Open-ended art with his sisters, Home Art Studio – Kindergarten (I tried this with him last year and he wasn’t ready for it. So I’m going to try it again and hopefully it works out).
- Bible/Memorization/Devotion – The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally-Lloyd-Jones, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones, The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes by Kenneth N. Taylor, My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt, and memorize the books of the Bible
This may look like a lot for a five/six-year-old but Snootz whizzes through so much of his work that I feel confident he will be able to complete these subject areas and still have enough time to explore anything else he is interested in. Also, we will not be doing all subject areas every day. For example, I plan to do a science experiment and the geography book with him only one time per week.
Tootsie Pop & Kitty Cat – 3 years old
- Reading – All About Reading, Pre-reading program
- Art – Open-ended art (using ideas from MaryAnn Kohl’s books, First Art and Scribble Art)
- Science – The girls will be invited to observe and/or participate in Snootz’s science activities.
- Math – A focus on counting and number recognition up to 20 using various activities.
- Bible/Devotion – We will do the readings all together using the first three books listed above.
Additionally, I plan to read aloud to the children each day for 20 minutes and do calendar. We will also do lots of other things throughout the school year including puzzles, games, listening to music/singing, outside play and exploration, sensory activities, extra-curricular activities (ballet for Tootsie & Kitty and swimming for Snootz), and field trips. We will also do some baking, cooking and cleaning together (earlier this year the two-year olds found cleaning the bathroom with dirty toilet water to be helpful; let’s hope it goes better than that!). And I will supplement with anything else fun that I find along the way.
Here’s to a great school year! Eins, swei, drei, g’suffa! Cheers!