Friday, November 08, 2013

2013-2014 Curriculum Choices

It's official, our little Abby is in Kindergarten!  I have spent many months researching various curriculum choices and trying to make the best decision for her learning style.  I contemplated many all-in-one options (Calvert, My Father's World, Abeka), but decided to pick and choose various curriculums.  Ultimately, I wanted to choose programs based on her needs, not grade level.  So far, I am happy with our choices and she seems very excited every day.  The only subjects I'm unsure about right now are Science, Handwriting and Writing.  I've got a few programs noted and in the process of researching, but until I reach a decision we will be using a few resources at the library or online. 

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!

all about reading

Math-U-See: Primer


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.

Speekee


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.

Little Passports

 
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. 

abby's map
 
Other:
Theme Based Activities and Printable Packs
Crafts
Reading books

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.
 

6 comments:

  1. I found your post through the Sugar Aunts Saturday Share. Have you looked in Apologia Science? We are going to be starting their Studying Creation With Zoology: Flying Creatures of the 5th Day after Christmas :) It looks really good and I'm really excited about it! If you are interested in studying the creation week with your daughter, we used the Creation Curriculum last year. There were lots of fun, hands-on activities and it's perfect for the age your daughter is at! Here is the link, if you're interested: http://castore.creation.com/catalog/creation-thirteen-lessons-p-1614.html

    For history, we are going to use Diana Waring's history curriculum. Again, lots of fun, hands-on activities, as well as reading out loud together :) You can find it here: http://www.dianawaring.com/

    Thank you for sharing what you are doing! I love seeing what other homeschoolers are doing :)

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    1. Thanks, Missy for stopping by and sharing your ideas. I'll be looking into them later on this evening. The Zoology course sounds exciting, looking forward to reading about your experience.

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  2. Looks like a great lineup for this year.

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    1. I'm very happy that she is excited with the choices. It makes things so much more enjoyable.

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  3. Looks like a great curriculum!! I personally love Handwriting Without Tears -- http://shopping.hwtears.com/category_filter/19/20_Kindergarten

    and I love Memoria Press -- here is the full K curriculum, they use a small Nature reader for each letter -- which you could expand on: http://www.memoriapress.com/curriculum/classical-core-curriculum/kindergarten-curriculum

    My Father's World uses a theme for each letter/week to teach Bible and Science. They also include a couple other fun activities: http://www.mfwbooks.com/products/M50/20/0/0/1

    And Queens has a nature book:
    https://www.queenshomeschooling.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=71_73_76&zenid=13b1de86046c39dbda4b30f9ee7100e4

    And Nature printables from Spell Out Loud for cheap :)
    http://www.spelloutloud.com/blog-series/10-days-of-preschool-science

    Thought I'd suggest -- going to do a blog post on this soon, hope you're doing well :)

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I can't wait to check these sites out. Abby would love the nature readers.

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