26 June 2012

Our (Tentative) Plan for the Coming School Year

Now that Syd is four years old, it feels like the coming year, her K4 year, will be our first "official" year of homeschooling.  And believe me, when you've been planning to homeschool since your firstborn was in utero, that's a big, big deal.

We have pretty much everything we're going to use, though I'm still nailing down the logistics of the scheduling.  Just doing the work when Syd requests it is a bit too loose for me, but I don't want to be standing on the table cracking a whip while she frantically tries to wipe the tears from her handwriting assignment, if you know what I mean.

Here are our plans:

  • Phonics Pathways. (Daily)  I've had this lying around for some time now, and I think this will be a good fit for us to delve further into the mechanics of reading.  Syd has mastered blending and is doing great reading CVC words, but I need more structure to go on and teach her the more complicated (and often totally nonsensical, lol) phonics rules.
  • ETC Workbooks. (Upon Request)  I have these on hand in case she wants to do something more hands-on.
  • Saxon K (3x Weekly)  We've been using this off and on throughout the spring, and will most likely continue to do so during the school year.
  • Kumon Workbooks (Upon Request)  We have tons of these.  They're a great way to keep Syd busy if I'm doing something she finds totally boring.
  • Five in a Row (Occasionally)  If Syd starts to get burned out on reading practice, we'll probably take a week or two off and do a couple books from FIAR.
I've been tossing around the idea of starting a formal handwriting program for Syd, as she can already write quite a few letters now, but if I do pick one up we'll probably add it in gently later in the year.  I don't want to start doing too much too soon.

I'm also going to teach Sydney to knit, starting with the circular loom.  It'll be great for her fine motor skills, and later on, when she's ready, she can work her way up to kitting with needles.  It's an idea I picked up in a Waldorf book I've been reading, and is something which I'll be posting more about in the future.

And that's all we have for now!  Any and all curriculum plans are subject to change, of course. *grin*
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