This is the first post detailing the curriculum we have used this year in our schooling. The next two posts to follow will detail what we have used for Kindy and First Grade.
Each morning we start of together as a group in some learning activities. This time is called “Circle Time”. For those of you not familiar with the concept you can find more information on the Preschoolers and Peace site. The ebook they sell is only $4.99 and is a great help to get your Circle time planned and provides lots of ideas for what to cover.
Here is our normal Circle time structure:
This character curriculum has lots of wonderful ideas and activities to introduce the concepts of each character quality simply for young children to understand. It’s designed to be used each day for 5 days and covers the definition, a memory verse, the ‘I wills’, a simple prayer, and activities and lessons to reinforce the application in real life.
Here are some sample pages:
You can purchase the ebook here. I printed mine out and spiral bound it at Officeworks which makes it easier to use.
CALENDAR & WEATHER
SCRAPBOOK JOURNAL (THURSDAYS)
On a Thursday the boys draw a picture in their scrapbook journal and then dictate a sentence on what they’ve drawn. Eventually they will copy the sentence and then we will progress to them writing it all by themselves.
NATURE JOURNAL (FRIDAYS)
On Friday we will normally read a chapter from the Wonderland of Nature book, get outside to explore and complete a page from the notebooking journal that goes with it. It really is a beautiful book with each chapter detailing an aspect of nature to study but is written in a way that draws you into a story about Nuri and her son, Chris and daughter, Tess exploring and learning about nature together. It contains lots of facts and diagrams but introduces it in a gentle manner. Very easy to understand for young children. (Recommended by Charlotte Mason followers)
BEFORE FIVE IN A ROW
Some weeks we will stray from this plan and just focussing on rowing a book from our Before Five in a Row manual but that is for another post. 😊
AMBLESIDE ONLINE/CHARLOTTE MASON BOOKS
I neglected to mention I also read some of the books/poetry recommended by Ambleside Online Year 1 while the kids are completing their work. I might also cover this in another post as this one is getting long. 😳
Next up we will talk about the curriculum we use for our Kindy boy.