We use a combination of different curriculum resources for the children, and we do more than sit down daily and do book work.
Our primary preschool teaching guide is Answers for Preschoolers.
I love it because it’s designed for a preschool environment, but has resources for homeschooling. There is a Bible story (God created light), a weekly Bible verse (And God said, “Let there be light.” Genesis 1:3), science (light makes shadows – play with shadows and shadow drawings), art, letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. There are also songs, poetry, and teaching about interpersonal skills and taking care of the world around us.
The resource packet has everything from simple wall hangings you can use to resources for a specific lesson.
There is a workbook for each student.
We also use “Explode the Code” – a curriculum designed to teach children to read. We’ve just started it, and the changes in Scott’s writing and courage to try to write has been wonderful. Johnathan is even picking up on how to determine what words start with, even though I’ve been teaching him just by simple reading and playing for almost three years now.
Starting this summer, we’ll begin sight reading. We do it now to some extent, but not with such focus. I’m looking forward to seeing what the boys (specifically Scott who will be the focus for now) will learn.
Beyond her daily public school life, Kaylee works on critical thinking and logic. She loves working logic problems.
As a family, we focus on these areas:
God. Doing more for others than you do for yourself, giving more to others than you give to yourself, DOING everything that you can to show people the love that Christ showed us, not judging people, loving everyone, forgiving people. This is the code for our family.
Currently, Kaylee is reading Crazy Love. If you haven’t read it, read it. It will change the way you look at life and what is important.
Self sufficiency – how to plant a garden, build a building, preserve food you grew yourself, bake bread, etc. And, Do-It-Yourself – everything from building a raised garden bed to cleaning a toilet and everything in between.
Living without debt – paying cash for needs and wants, tithing, giving, saving money, investing wisely.
The 5 Love Languages. This is important in our household. Everyone has a different love language, and we’re teaching our children how to discover what their’s is, and how to love each member of their family in a way that speaks directly to that member.
I don’t have as much time to educate Kaylee as I’d like. I toss up the idea of homeschooling her on a regular basis, but her school is her mission field, and she is so affective there that we don’t feel that the right thing to do is pull her out. Instead, we just use what time we have to cover what we can. Thankfully, she loves to learn and loves to read, so we have few limits there.
What curriculum do you use? Have you had any success with any of the ones listed here?
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This encourages me to expand one what we are teaching our kids. Kieran is doing a Kindy workbook but he is ready for more. I had forgotten about Explore the code and think I need to look at that again more closely. I might end up doing what i dreaded so much – pull from this and that to get his curriculum base.
Eann is doing School of Tomorrow/Accelerated Christian Education, and while it is good It is incredibly “Christian” and I think he is old enough that we need to start looking at a “world viewpoint” and developing a wider picture with our beliefs incorporated into it. We will probably be doing PA cyber school with him in the fall-public education with our oversight.
I need to check out that “do it yourself” book. It looks AWESOME!!
What a beautiful blog! I am edified by your faith and devotion, your kids are blessed by you! I am following your blog now and looking forward to seeing more of you!
Thanks so much for posting these wonderful resources! I am trying to weed through all the possible pre school items out there for my girls, but haven’t heard of the one you mentioned. I’m going to see if I can find it to look more indepth!
We will be using Abeka because that’s what DH used growing up and my school used when I was in K and 1st and we really like it. I’ll be getting, it’s either pre-k for 4 yr olds or k for 4 yr olds, for Xavier and I have to look and see what I want for Aria. I figure I can get her some pre-k since she can already count to 8. I also use some things I find online, we have “ice cream cones” that are colors and numbers and I have been using letter books I found online for both arts/crafts and letter recognition and sound.
I like those workbooks that you are using, especially the writing ones. For reading, I skipped straight to teaching Ben sight-words, because that is how I was taught to read (using Dick & Jane…I have my original primers). I am amazed at the progress he has made in the last 3 months of focused learning. I bought him some new reading books last week and he can read all of them with minimal assistance. /mom brag.
I think that my next personal education will be to read Ramsey. I understand his basic principles from reading online, but now seems like a good time to revamp my personal finance structure for the future.
Your blog is great, as always Hallee. You and Gregg should be proud.