As unbelievable as it is, Jasmine is starting PK4 in August. This year coincides with the year she would attend VPK if she went to school. Because she is advanced in many areas, we will be doing a lot of Kindergarten-level work. However, we will be taking our time and focusing on areas she struggles with. The following list is the curriculum we decided to use with her this year:
Math: Saxon Math K – This math program is very hands-on. It offers a lot of repetition. She picks up on math skills fairly quickly, so I am not afraid this is too advanced for her. If she seems to struggle with a particular topic, I can always practice it with her or hold off on it until she is ready.
Science: Science is Simple – This amazing book provides science activities and suggested books for young children. I cannot wait to get started, and I know E1 will love what we do. For instance, Spring will focus on learning about butterflies and planting gardens.
Reading: E1 already recognizes all the letters (both upper- and lowercase) and their sounds. Although we have already done a very similar program, we will be starting with AAR (All About Reading) Pre-level 1. I already bought Level 1, but she is fighting it. I want learning to be fun, so I decided to stop reading lessons and go back to the more fun letter awareness activities. She is barely four, so I am not in a hurry! When she is ready, we will progress to AAR Level 1.
Bible: Explorer’s Bible Study Beginnings I And It Was Good. This study walks us through the Old Testament. A Bible Passage is presented along with prayers and review questions (oral).
Social Studies: ABeka Social Studies K and Expedition Earth. We have no experience with any of these products, so I hope we like it! Social Studies K goes over community members and introduces several continents. Expedition Earth is a fun “trip” to each continent. We will be doing community members (police officers, etc.) over the summer and then correlate the Abeka book with the Expedition study.
Handwriting: I did it…I broke down and finally bought Handwriting Without Tears! When all was said and done, it really was not as expensive as I had imagined. The most expensive items are the Wood Letters, but I made my own out of card stock and laminated them. The student workbooks are only around $8, as well. One of my friends brought her stuff over for me to look at, and I feel in love with the program. E1 is still young, so she needs a lot of hands-on activities for reinforcement. I think this will be the perfect curriculum for her.
Art: We decided to go with Artistic Pursuits. They have a Pre-K The Way They See It book that I am looking forward to using. It starts with a gentle introduction to viewing works of art and then offers a project. All of the supplies needed to complete the projects are supplies we already have!
Literature: We will be reading an assortment of books aloud throughout the year. The Little Engine that Could, Corduroy, The Story of Ferdinand, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Little House, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Frog and Toad, A Child’s Garden of Verses, Rainbow Fish, The Big Green Pocketbook, Goodnight Moon, The Giving Tree, Caps for Sale, Crictor, One Morning in Maine, The Gingerbread Mouse, Little Bear, Homer Price, Centerburg Tales, The Real Mother Goose, Tikki Tikki Tembo, Maybelle the Cable Car, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Make Way for Ducklings, Chrysanthemum, Winnie-the-Pooh, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Biggest Bear, Blueberries for Sal, Jesse Bear, What Will you Wear, Pancakes for Breakfast, and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel will all make an appearance. Some of these we have read before, and some are new. Each book gets one week (except Winnie-the-Pooh, who gets two). We will read the story each day and do some sort of project based on the story. I will post each week what we do.
Critical Thinking: Critical Thinking Co. Building Thinking Skills Beginning. E1 loves these workbooks, so I decided not to give them up. It only takes a few minutes a day to complete, and it is one of her favorite things to do.
Spanish: Sonrisas Spanish Level 1. This level will be repeated for two years, and involves a lot of reading aloud. Although the publishers say that no Spanish knowledge is needed, it would be extremely helpful to know how to pronounce words in Spanish. Luckily, my husband teaches this subject and he is fluent.
PE: Horizons PK-2nd Grade Physical Education. Relatively inexpensive and non-consummable, I thought this program would be fun. I will keep you posted.
Other: Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization by IEW, Level 1.
I know this may seem like a lot, but most subjects take only around 10 minutes. Literature, Math, Science, Spanish, and PE each take about 30 minutes and are mostly hands-on. We also break our day up with lots of outside play. E1 attends gymnastics and a scheduled play-date twice a week.