Like many other homeschooling families, today was our first day of school. This year is going to be a bit interesting in our family. Son will actually be attending preschool at the local Y, in their three-day, four year old program. His days there are Tues/Wed/Thurs. He will be spending the other two days doing school at home, where he is doing Kindergarten level work. I know it seems a bit confusing, but we think it will work out best for him in the long run. The reason for it being set up this way is that he really needs the routine that a five day program offers, but he also needs the consistency of being around the same kids on a regular basis. He attended the three-year old program at the Y last year and will have most of the same kids in his class this year, as well as being blessed to have the assistant from last year’s class as his lead teacher this year. We are so glad the Y worked with us to keep him in her class! With all of the problems we encountered last year in regards to violence and personal space issues, we want to see how he has grown in those areas. We do have him involved in other things where he gets to be around children his own age, but school seemed to be the biggest problem area for him.
In regards to the academic side of the situation, he is well ahead of his peers, which is where the kindergarten curriculum comes in to play. At the end of the last term, he was the ONLY child in his room who could read (at any level other than their name). I think that most of the children could recognize their name, although I’m not sure because most of the times they had to try the teacher had included a picture of the child next to the written name, so I could never decide if they actually knew it, or were just picking out their photo. Less than five of them could actually spell their name. I don’t say this to look down on any child, because they all did a wonderful job and were probably at exactly the level three-year old’s should be at, but my high-functioning child’s abilities sometimes causes me to take for granted that not all children are on the same level. Following the scope & sequence for our state, some of the work he can do is at a first grade level. However, since it is not all at that level, we decided to stick with kindergarten this year. God has shown us this is where we need to be; I am happy with our decision; Dad is happy with our decision. It is going to be an exciting year!!!
So what will we actually be studying? Our curriculum & subject choices include (but of course are not limited to) the following:
Bible Study: The Beginner’s Bible Kid-Sized Devotions
Math: Right Start Math Level A
Reading: Progressive Phonics
Writing/Spelling: We use a variety of methods to keep this lively, including many worksheets/ideas from Homeschool Creations
Geography: We will be taking some notes from The Five J’s combined with library books and other online resources
Foreign Language: Spanish with Rosetta Stone Homeschool
Music: Music & Movement In the Classroom for Pre-K and K
Art: Drawing basic shapes, turning basic shapes into pictures, coloring in the lines, using imagination to create art from a variety of mediums, tools, and every day items