Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We have a PLAN!

Why do I feel like an evil Mwhahaha needs to go with that?

We have all of Claire's Kindergarten materials together! This is the plan for the year:

Language Arts

We have "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching", Handwriting Without Tears - Kindergarten and Explode the Code 1. We've been working with OPG since around April and Claire really enjoys it. We also got the Pre-Kindergarten level of Handwriting Without Tears at the same time and she's already finished it! She loves her handwriting books! After 2 days of working with the Kindy level one we were already at page 15! We haven't started Explode the Code yet, I'm waiting until we get a little further with OPG. We started using a slate and chalk for Claire to practice her letters on, but we found it was difficult for her to write, so I picked up a small whiteboard and it's working great.


We have RightStart Mathematics, Level A. We haven't gotten very far on it, but I liked that it was manipulative heavy.


Umm, yeah. That's pretty much it.


Since it's just Kindergarten we will be doing experiments. Once we get into the school year swing of things it will probably be one a week. We got "Stepping into Science" from Timberdoodle to start us off. I also have two Science project books give me ideas. "Bubbles, Rainbows and Worms" is science experiments for preschool, but I figure her brother can enjoy it as well that way.

Social Studies

We have "Beginning Geography" to start us off and I will add in from the many books we have lining our house for History, etc.


I guess I would call this Critical Thinking? I got the set of "Developing the Early Learner" from Timberdoodle. Claire LOVES this. It's very simple for her in the beginning, but it's nice to have things that are easy every once and a while. :)

Of course all of this is supplemented by many, many books! Claire and I are reading "The All-of -a-Kind Family" by Sydney Taylor right now. I also have the "Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Little House on the Prairie" books that I hope to read this year. Some days I think it all sounds ambitious and some days I don't think it will be enough! But the first year of homeschooling is all about learning for the child and the parent!


  1. I think you have an excellent selection of books to begin schooling with! Looks to me like you and your family will have an awesome first year of homeschooling!

  2. Stopping by from Three Thinking Mothers. I love looking at curriculum! I did not buy much this year. Aside from math, we are going to be very unschoolery at least until December. Most of our days will be spent outside the home taking classes. Then for the winter we will hunker down and get to some of the cool stuff waiting on our shelves. Have a great start to your year!

  3. You look like you have it all covered!! We also used HWT and loved it!

    Thanks for listing your blog at Three Thinking Mothers' BLog Roll!

  4. If she enjoys science, you might enjoy The Big Bag of Science. I ordered it this year and it is fabulous! Looks like you have great line up of materials picked out. Hope you have a great year! Love Claires jokes. My little boy went through a simaliar phase. :)