How excited am I???
We got our curriculum this past week - how fun!! What with the Kid's Musical this past Sunday, and doing the "single momma" thing while my dh was at a conference this week, well...I haven't even had time to go through everything yet.
Here's an overview:
We are using a Unit Study curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications called The Weaver. We used their preschool/K curriculum "Interlock" and really liked it. So now we are moving on to Volume 1:
The core of The Weaver Curriculum, the "Volume", is one year's study in Bible, Language Arts, History, Geography, Science, Art, and Health. Designed for Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Volume I references Genesis, Chapters 11 through 50.
Each Volume lasts approximately 1 year (I think Volume 4 & 5 last for 1 1/2 yrs on average) so you end up with 6 years - then you repeat the Volumes, with supplements, for grades 7-12. Who knows if we will go that far with this particular curriculum, but it's where we're starting at.
We already have their phonics program, 1-2-3 Read!, so we will just continue working through that. Both my older two are at the point where they are sounding out 3 & 4 letter words, all with the short vowel sounds. I am slowly teaching them about a few sight words, about vowels & consonants, and how certain consonants sound together (sh, th, st....etc.). I'm feeling really good about how they are learning, that they are *enjoying* the process and that we aren't rushing through it. In this particular area, I truly believe slow and steady will win the race (well, it will help them form a sturdy foundation at least).
In addition to a phonics program, we purchased Wisdom Words, a grammar & composition teaching guide, plus Penmanship to Praise (manuscript).
For math, we will be using Math-U-See, we just haven't bought it yet (it's on the list). I'm excited to get started, using Primer (maybe Alpha, not sure yet - just want to make sure we don't miss anything).
I will be giving the kids music lessons as I can - so basic theory to start, going through basic piano books, instrumental or vocal lessons as they get older, whatever I can. When they need/want additional lessons, we will do that too.
And lastly: civics? It's on the list for MI requirements, but how do you teach that to a 1st grader? Hmmm....
Anyways, I know not everyone likes Unit Studies, or all-in-one type curriculums - but for us, for now, it sounds great! Within four years, I'll be teaching four small children (well, Isaac will be 10 - WOW - 10!!) and possibly have more preschoolers on top of that. I've heard great things about this program and can't wait!!
Lastly, I recommend you head on over to Holly's blog, Seeking Faithfulness, and read her posts on Kindergarten (check out my sidebar "Seeking Faithfulness"). Very thought provoking - what do you think about teaching young children??