Woo! May is here which means school is almost not here - or maybe it's already left your house for the summer :) Either way, we are celebrating with completing books, finishing up our tests and looking back on goals planned and now achieved.
Which inevitably means - time to look at options for next year! As registrations quickly approach along with all those terrific homeschool resale pop-ups I thought I'd offer a peek into what our kindergarten and 2nd grade roundup look like.
If you are new to homeschooling or just getting your feet wet with the idea - be encouraged: It does not have to be hard. You don't have to compete with the school system at large; you get to choose what works best for YOU and YOUR family! You get to use all the "transition time" that takes up a large portion of the public school day and let them learn at their own pace, pursue their personal interests, help them catch up in areas of weakness, challenge their strengths and offer them a taste of truth, goodness and beauty in the every day.
So on to the good stuff....
Kindergarten! About 45 minutes - 1 hour a day of direct one-on-one teaching time...
Handwriting - A Reason for Handwriting
Math - Saxon 1
Reading: started with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons then eventually moved on to any level one readers from the library
Spelling - All About Spelling
Classical Conversations Cycle 3 - incorporated during our morning time, copy work found on Half A Hundred Acre Word and several fill in the blank options from CC Connected
The End :)
Second Grade: About 1 1/2-2 hours of direct one-on-one teaching time
Handwriting - started with a Reason for Handwriting cursive; wasn't a great fit this year so we switched to Handwriting Without Tears and it's been a night and day difference.
Math- Saxon 3 (finished up from last year) and Intermediate Saxon 4
Reading - Sonlight Readers - they offer a great online assessment to evaluate which level to pursue with your reader; the chapters for 4th Grade increased significantly in length so we followed our own schedule and will finish these through the summer.
Spelling - Sequential Spelling
Classical Conversations Cycle 3 - incorporated during our Morning Time, copy work found on Half a Hundred Acre Wood and several fill in the blank options from CC Connected
Language Arts - Writing With Ease (we stopped after week 24; it wasn't a favorite for both of us and we were able to incorporate similar ideas and concepts in our other books) & First Language Lessons 3 (this is going to last us through next year as well so we only did about 2 lessons a week after we got into the diagramming of sentences).
History - LifePac Grade 3
That's really all there is to it! The kids get science, art & PE at our co-ops, and we will use Apologia Science Jr Notebook Journal for our summer studies. Of course there are plenty of games, lots of reading aloud, music studies and all the things that make up our school day that can't be quantified into a textbook. That's the beauty and hybrid bit of homeschool for us!
If you're looking for an idea of a daily schedule, visit this post, Our Loose Homeschool Schedule