I bounced back and forth between different all-in-one curricula, being attracted to the idea of making my own plans, but a little afraid of it. I was also drawn to the pretty catalogues and all they had to offer. So, in March, I bought an all-in-one package, along with Cheerful Cursive and All About Reading 1, with the plans of beginning immediately, but going at half-speed through the rest of Kindergarten and into First Grade. Well, after two weeks, I decided it was too much for what I had in mind for Kindergarten. I wanted a more laid-back year for both of us. So, I put my pretty curriculum away, and we continued working on cursive and AAR a little bit every day. That worked really well for us. It was very laid-back and flexible, which made it more enjoyable. Now that we have finished, M has about 15ish lessons to go in AAR and is doing SO well reading! She's also doing very well with her cursive. I'm very proud of her. :)
Right after I purchased my curriculum, I started reading about the Charlotte Mason method. I'd read things here and there and liked what I had read, but it seemed very overwhelming to me, so I never really considered going all out with it. But, as I read about it, I became very drawn to it, and over time decided that was the route I wanted to go. I think the Lord led me to read about this method, and I feel like it will be a good fit our family.
So, without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for First Grade!
Mama bought me a gift card to Mardel, where I purchased a beautiful planner, A Simple Plan, for our year! I've already written down some plans in it, and because I've loved planners for years, I'm very excited about using it. Also, I think it'll be really helpful as far as keeping records of our school year.
We will be doing some things together as a family, so L can join in the fun. :)
Bible - I wanted to do something more involved with this, but every time I consider it, I go back to the simplicity of 'just' reading the Bible to them. A couple of months ago we purchased "The Complete Illustrated Children's Bible" and I really like it. The pictures are beautiful, and I really like that there are so many stories in it. In our other children's Bibles, they stop after Jesus' resurrection, but this one goes on through the New Testament, and I like that. :) I'm not going to make them memorize scripture, though I plan to continue listening to kids music on Pandora that will help teach them scripture.
Literature - I want to really enjoy reading together! We just finished A Bear Called Paddington a few weeks ago, and the girls enjoyed that. I don't have all of our chapter books planned out, but I have three lined up.
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
- In Grandma's Attic by Arleta Richardson
Science/Nature Study -
- Outdoor Secrets by Margaret P. Boyle
- Outdoor Secrets Companion by Simply Charlotte Mason
- Christian Liberty Nature Reader 1
- Living Books
Artist Study/Art -
- Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists - Norman Rockwell by Mike Venezia
- Art Lab for Little Kids by Susan Schwake
Composer Study -
- Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What The Neighbors Thought) - by Kathleen Krull
- Peter and the Wolf
M's Individual Subjects
- All About Reading, Level 1
- Explode the Code 2 1/2
- Math-U-See Alpha
- Rod and Staff: Learning More and More
- Adventures with Books - Rod and Staff
- Counting with Numbers - Rod and Staff
That's it! On Fridays, I plan to take it easy with the R&S workbooks, reading for fun, and doing an art project. I want it to be a fun end to our week. Of course, all of this is my ideal plan. I'm sure it won't be as beautiful as I'm envisioning. There will no doubt be whining and lots of interruptions by baby girl. ;) But, we'll do our best to roll with it, and hopefully we'll have a fun year of learning together!