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Pre-K through early elementary homeschoolers (check in) [message #819681] Thu, 16 March 2017 09:30 Go to next message
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I know those following a traditional school calendar aren't quite in the wrap-it-for-the-year stage, but there's only a few weeks left!

I'm curious what you used, your thoughts on how your year went, what you hope or envision for the "next" year...and how you will spend your summer.

(Basically, I'm picking your brain!)

I'm lost as what to consider my son, grade-wise, when "shopping" around for homeschooling materials (or formulating ideas). Technically, if I had him enrolled at the beginning of the last school year, he would have been placed in Pre-K. Because of his weird, very late, birthday, he's not mandatory as a student in our district until next (not this) fall. And then he'd be placed in K-grade (he'd be the oldest / tallest in the class, I'm sure). I am adoring the preschool like pace and hands-on that we're doing. I'm trying to figure out if I can technically think of him as a first grader when purchasing though, as he's not quite reading or interested in (willing) to write/copy words.

And there's so many homeschooling options! It's a bit overwhelming, and everything is an investment sight-unseen. I've visited a mother who quit homeschooling her kids last year and still had all their "stuff" - none of it was catching my eye. It was very text-book based. Not what I want to do yet, personally.

This year we used a Montessori co-op for introduction to so many things. I've adopted some of the math and pre-reading things for home, and have created what I guess would be called a unit study for Jonah...his only interest was in dinosaurs, so everything non-dint in our studies at least used dinosaurs as manipulatives. Pinterest and Montessori print shop were my main go-to sources for that, and anything geographical and zoological in study. I used "All About Reading" pre-reading workbooks, Christian Liberty Nature Readers and (last year) used BFIAR. We started using Spielgaben just a short while ago.

I'm not sure what we'll do for the summer.

Re: Pre-K through early elementary homeschoolers (check in) [message #819753 is a reply to message #819681 ] Thu, 30 March 2017 22:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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I am homeschooling my youngest (6) and my granddaughter who is also six. For legal reasons, granddaughter is enrolled in the umbrella school Homelifeacademy.com. But at the elementary level their oversight is very loose.

We homeschool year round and take off when we have pressing ministry work (like a visiting team) or I just need a break for a bit. Sometimes there is just too much going on in life to give homeschool all my attention.

For history we are using American girl books. We just finished Felicity and are now watching Liberty Kids through our Prime membership, but a lot of them are on YouTube as well.

For bible, we are using Christian Liberty's series and this year it is teaching the Westminister Shorter Catechism for Children.

We are also using Explode the Code online which we bought through Homeschoolbuyerscoop.com . I also have the Bob books for reading and while I am reading with one girl, the other one does the Explode the code online. I have a phonics workbook that I think is from Christian Liberty press as well.

Math is with Modern Curriculum Press.

The only thing I don't have a structured curriculum for is science, and we do that as it comes up. We found a spider with an egg sac, so we looked that up online. There was a lunar eclipse, so we looked into that too.

I already wrote the post about handwriting, so that pretty much covers it.

Some days school is a couple hours long and then we take a recess. Other days it is 45 minutes. I am teaching a couple of high school classes to my older boys, and one needs a lot of help with math, plus my special needs guy.

The girls are happy and progressing, so it is all good. If I had to choose between two levels of curriculum, I would go with the lower one. It is easier to teach, you make sure you have all the basics covered in a logical sequence, and your guy gets a sense of accomplishment because school isn't too hard. It leaves you time for the things you really enjoy more.

In Him--Tracy
Re: Pre-K through early elementary homeschoolers (check in) [message #819756 is a reply to message #819681 ] Fri, 31 March 2017 10:24 Go to previous message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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I had thought for sure I had posted on this post, so I was skipping over it. But, apparently it was another one. Embarassed

Honestly, Jack is only three, so he isn't really ready for anything too formal. I play games with him and have tried doing a few lessons from "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons", but he isn't too interested in that, yet. However, he is interested in reading. So, am doing other things with him to help him build his skills (writing words and helping him sound them out, letting him type on the computer and trying to sound out words, playing Starfall.com , etc). I also have a set of counting bears that we play with to practice patterns and sorting.

We just finalized our co-op schedule for next year and his classes will be:

Before Five in a Row
Unit Studies
Sign Language
Bible Crafts

But, they don't get homework at this age, so that will all be on Wednesdays. If he really enjoys something I may expound on it at home. But, I'm not too worried about doing anything too formal. I'm a big believer in learning through play, so I'll focus on that.

Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
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