This year I will have my oldest son's tutor coming 3 mornings each week. I am really excited about this. Not only will she be helping Captain, but she will also be teaching me how to teach the younger children. After struggling so hard the last few years (even though I know now it was all due to a learning challenge), I am very burned out when it comes to teaching phonics. I am SO thankful for help in this area!!
Mrs. K uses a variety of resources and is trained in the Lindamood-Bell method of teaching phonics. Next week her and I will be sitting down and planning out the phonics curriculum for my children this coming year. I am actually starting to get excited about it once again!!
- Seeing Stars®: Symbol Imagery for Phonemic Awareness, Sight Words and Spelling Program
- Building Spelling Skills Grade 1andGrade 2
- Spelling Time (for Reinforcement)
The boys will be doing plenty of handwriting in their Spelling books, as well as with their copywork assignments for Religion, History and Poetry. However, they love the Seton Handwriting for Young Catholics series, and so I did order book 2 and 3. They will probably complete 1 page per day.
My girls will be using Handwriting Without Tears. Twinkle Toes will be going through Letters And Numbers For Me and Chiquita will be using Get Set for School. They both will be working with the various Hands-on Materials.
Our Geography studies will be tied in to our History lessons, depending on what we are studying each week. We will use our Globe and the Blackline Maps of World History Book and CD.
We will also be playing lots of games as we continue working on memorizing the States and Capitals. Our favorites are:
The boys will be using Harcourt Science and Lesson Plans from Kolbe Academy. We will also be doing Bi-Weekly Nature Hikes and keeping Nature Journals. I also plan to have a book basket available for extra reading using the suggestions over at Serendipity.
Music, Poetry and Art:
For these subjects we will be using the plans over at Serendipity:
I am also still considering whether or not to put the boys in Music Lessons-- either Piano or Violin. I am torn since we are putting most of our extra money (and then some) into the tutor this year, so this might just have to wait till next year. We'll see.
I almost forgot to mention Pre-School. I have used the Little Saints Preschool Program with my other children and plan to pull it out once again this year. (In fact we have already started!) I also couldn't help feeling completely drawn to try out Elizabeth's Along the Alphabet Path (especially since it goes so well with our music, poetry and art plans), so I printed out the Storybook and Booklist this past weekend, we may just follow it loosely, I'm not sure yet... I also ordered some of the Kumon Workbooks (Tracing, Cutting and Mazes) for both Chiquita and Twinkle Toes. (Captain has been using some of these with his tutor, and she said they would be great for the girls to do as well.)
After gathering all my plans in one location, it looks like we are going to have a busy year. I better get *busy* making that schedule!