1. People have been asking me if we started school, and I sheepishly admit that, yes, we have. We have been "doing" the Awesome School since August 1. We needed structure. We needed routine. And two weeks of no structure after our final vacation of the summer was too much. So we started right along with two weeks of swim lessons for the two older children. The first week, all I did was 2nd grade math with G and 100 Easy Lessons with L. G did her history audio CD, piano, geography and Latin studying on her own. The second week we added science and spelling. The third week we added catechism, and this fourth week, we added on English for G and 1st grade math for L.
2. This has been our basic schedule, which I have developed as we added subjects. When G can work independently, I work with L. It has been going really well. Not in the schedule are the twice a week school time they have with their father (Latin, Geography, poetry memorization) and the painting and classical music piece per week. We are planning on doing four day school weeks this year (which is also why I started early).
- Reading and Spelling: Good Books List and Catholic Heritage Speller A
- English: Shurley English Level 2
- Phonics: Explode the Code: 3, 3 ½
- Latin: Prima Latina Student Workbook
- Math: Singapore 2A and 2B
- Science: Behold and See 2 and activities from Natural Science Through the Seasons
- Theology:St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism #1 and Our Life with Jesus
- Geography: Atlas and World Globe
We are mostly continuing with what we did last year, but added a spelling and science text. And note that she did her First Communion in first grade.
4. L (Kindergarten)
4. L (Kindergarten)
- Theology: St. Joseph First Communion Catechism (We will do this for two years.)
- Reading: Finish Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, National Catholic Reader
- Printing and Phonics: Get Ready for the Code
- Math: Singapore 1A and 1B
- Science: With G
L spent most of last school year making paper dolls and resisting learning to read. This year she is discovering that if we do lessons nearly everyday, "It is easy!" She also has shown an aptitude for math beyond the kindergarten level, so we are trying out Singapore's first grade curriculum and will take it as slowly or as quickly as she needs.
5. F (Pre-K)
5. F (Pre-K)
- Printing: My First School Book from Handwriting Without Tears
- Reading: If she has a desire for it, we will start 100 easy lessons once L is finished. This is a book I dislike
in generalto force on children until they are really wanting to read.
- Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and Beatrix Potter
- Teach her baby brother what siblings are for
7. I am really glad we started the school year in steps. It has made it really low stress for me, and now doing a full day of school seems so doable. L is usually finished around 10am and G and I work until 11am. Then they can play until lunch. And now when September hits with the increase of commitments (piano lessons, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Little Flowers, Co-op) we will already be well-adjusted to doing school.
Bonus take: Yesterday afternoon, after I got baby T (14 months) up from his nap (who is so much of a toddler these days), his sisters were demonstrating their gymnastics skills. L showed us several cartwheels. Then F did a few somersaults. We clapped after each physical feat. Then T seeing the floor clear, climbed off my lap, lay on the floor, and proceeded to show us how he could roll front to back to front to back across the floor. So, of course, we clapped.
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