Welp, it’s that time of the year again– the school supply sections at Target and Walmart are being un-stocked as quickly as the staff can restock the crayons, paper, notebooks, and glue sticks.
In our neck of the woods, public school doesn’t start until September, but we have already begun our home school year because honestly I’d rather start in August and be done in May than have the school year drag into June, or goodness no, July!
This is our first full year homeschooling since last year Ladybug had an array of different schooling situations as we navigated a combination of home school and public school here, and then did a semester of public school while we were in the States. Whew, it makes me tired just thinking of all that. Needless to say, I am happy we are simplifying down to one school option for her this year, although we do plan to enroll her in dance in the fall, and she will most likely also take private Turkish lessons with a tutor.
For our curriculum, I am mostly pulling resources from The Well-Trained Mind. I have been impressed with them so far, and find myself agreeing with their methods and timing of things. One thing I really like about The Well-Trained Mind is that they outline what they suggest you teach when and then offer a myriad of suggested curriculum, so you can piece together your own classical curriculum from their recommendations. (Did you follow all of that?)
I have also been enjoying Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson, and want to work diligently with my husband to ensure we are educating our children fully– carefully teaching and instructing their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual spheres.
So, without further ado, for first grade, these are the books/resources we are using:
- Explode the Code and Beyond the Code (Ladybug is not as strong in phonics as I would like, so we are beginning here to build her up in this area… I don’t think it’s a WTM suggestion though.)
- Books to Remember reading series
- First Language Lessons
- Writing with Ease
- Five in a Row Volumes 1 & 2 (I love FIAR for read aloud– they are great, classic books! The boys usually listen in to the stories before naptime.)
- All About Spelling Levels A & B
- Right Start Levels A & B (We are restarting Level A since we didn’t get through it all last fall– Right Start is not a traditional Western math curriculum, but I really like it’s approach with manipulatives and games instead of worksheets.)
- Story of the World Volume 1 + various extra books recommended in Story of the World
- REAL Science Odyssey Level 1
- Drawing with Children
- Masterpieces: A Fact-Filled Coloring Book
The boys will start attending a local preschool next week and will go three mornings a week. We are shooting for a four day home school week, so I will only have one morning a week to juggle the boys alongside our schoolwork. I plan to keep them busy on that morning with 1. special time with Daddy if he’s available, 2. puzzles, 3. pattern blocks, 4. preschool apps on the iPad, or 5. any other trick I can find up my sleeve.