All About Reading: Level One
All About Reading has been highly praised for many reasons and I thought it would be a good starting program for us. I wanted something that would interest her, without being too time consuming for me. It really is quite simple. We've just completed Lesson 6 and Abby has made such tremendous progress in such a short period of time. We try to complete one lesson per day, depending on the length of the lesson. In just a few days, I have noticed her increasing confidence and enthusiasm with reading. Plus, she commented the other day how fun it was!
Abby is a kinesthetic learner, so being able to touch and visually illustrate subjects is key for her. This program uses blocks to visualize math problems and comes with an instructional DVD she watches with each lesson. My favorite aspect of this program is it can be used from Kindergarten-12th Grade. I almost went with the Alpha level, but decided to start with Primer and work our way up. We are on Lesson 5, which has mainly been a review of counting, geometric shapes and number identification. It's hard to tell how this will go since we haven't reached new material, but she asks to do math first and loves using the blocks...so far so good.
Home Art Studio
Earlier this year, we were given the opportunity to review Home Art Studio: Kindergarten. We completed a few lessons (you can read about that here) and had a good time with it. But, with her K4 Curriculum we were already doing art...so I decided to hold off until she was done. We just completed Lesson 3 and Abby loves watching the instructional DVD lessons. We watch a few minutes, pause and complete what we need to, then continue. I like that we can go at our own pace and appreciate the simplistic way concepts are introduced.
Bible Study Guide for All Ages: 3-K
If you ask Abby, she would tell you her favorite part of school is bible study. She absolutely loves it and I love learning along with her. We reviewed this program a few months ago and it's fabulous! Instructions are simple, hardly any prep and the story lines are easy to follow along with. She reviews bible facts with each lesson, has been memorizing the New Testament books and loves singing the different songs.
We've been using Speekee, an online Spanish video program, on and off again since January. Abby seems to like it, but I am pretty mixed on it. It seems to cut out here and there or the server is down and unusable. For now, we will keep using it (until my subscription runs out) and see how it goes.
I love world geography! It's always been one of my favorite subjects and so Little Passports seemed like such a fun way to get Abby involved. She was thrilled when she received her suitcase and through the clues (we had to hunt for different capitals and countries), she discovered we will soon be traveling to Brazil. I have been putting together a South America Continent Box with lots of activities to get her learning. I'll be reviewing our little adventure soon, so stay tuned.
Theme Based Activities and Printable Packs
I'd love to hear suggestions on Science, Handwriting and Writing curriculums that have worked for your family and see if it would be a good fit for us.