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A short time ago, I posted that we were over-hauling the plans for next school term.  Well, I finally have all curriculum purchased and am awaiting delivery of the ordered supplies.  We made a couple of small changes to the plans.  One being that Little Miss is going to do a different program from My Father’s World instead of their ECC program.  Had we gone ahead with ECC, she would have repeated one year of it before going on to high school later on.  So, with that in mind, here is a rundown of what is planned for the kids.

Pookie is going to be doing Preschool/PreK next term.  As I mentioned in a previous post, his developmental age is that of a 2 year old.  With that in mind, I have chosen a curriculum that is based upon his developmental age, not his physical age.  I have to be certain that he is understanding and retaining the knowledge for this level before going forward.  Here is a listing of what he will be using.  Most of the materials that Pookie will be using are hands-on and will have a Montessori style adaptation to challenge his fine motor development.

Letter of the Week curriculum by Erica of Confessions of a Homeschooler.  This curriculum teaches through hands-on activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, as well as giving fine motor skill practice that will help prepare for Kindergarten.

K4 Curriculum, also by Erica.  This is a very well designed full Kindergarten curriculum that can easily be used along with the Letter of the Week phonics lessons for review.  The lessons in this program include all the basics that you would need including math, reading, writing, motor skills, sight words, art, music, and much more.   I love that I will be able to use materials from both of these curricula to give Pookie a great assortment of educational activities.  Both of these programs are available as a download or can be purchased on CD.

Knowledge Box Central has a large selection of lapbooks that can give deeper understanding to books read.  You can find lapbooks and activities for kids of all ages by searching according to age, subject, or other categories.  One of my favorite products that they offer are the sorting pockets.  They are very similar to a Montessori style activity and can be assembled in a file folder to make a game.

Homeschool Share has a huge assortment of lapbooks and unit studies available for free.  If you look at the “Index” tab, you can find listings of all the materials organized by age group.  Level one contains preschool (age 2-4) resources that include unit studies, file folder games, and lapbooks.  Level two is designed for PreK – Kindergarten (age 4-6) and contains Unit studies, Kindergarten units, and Lapbooks.  There are also levels for older children as well for the older siblings.

Little Miss will be using curriculum from My Father’s World and Christian Light Publications.

Adventures in U.S. History will be the backbone of her curriculum.  The program includes the following subjects:  Bible, US History and Geography, Science, Art, and Music.

Language Arts 300 series by Christian Light Publications teaches grammar, spelling, and penmanship.  It goes into the parts of speech, sentence diagramming, and other basics to help her gain a good foundation in creative writing and the English language.

Math, 300 series by Christian Light Publications teaches not only the basic math operations, but will also be teaching her the metric system along side of the US measurement system.

We also have a couple of workbooks that we found at Mardel’s Christian book store in their education department that will further give her lessons in spelling and cursive writing.

One subject that I have been looking at is foreign language.  For this, I am going to teach Little Miss to use sign language.  It is vital that she learns to be fluent in signing due to it being taught to Pookie to aid him in communication.  Not only will it help her to be able to communicate with him, but she can also serve as an interpreter if needed.


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