Planning – that one word can either send you into homeschool joy or homeschool misery. Right now, I think I have moved from misery to joy. I wasn’t completely miserable but I was a bit anxiety ridden as I poured over the various choices that are available and tried to keep in mind the homeschooling laws for my state. While dd is only entering Kindergarten, we have been doing ‘homeschool’ for almost 2 years now in some capacity and as a result, the recommendations of just continuing to teach reading/phonics and work on writing is not applicable as those topics are already being covered so I do need to develop a more inclusive curriculum that includes history, science, and the arts.
My state regulations indicate that you must teach what is being taught in the school system and even after having downloaded the curriculum framework used, I realize that there are some things that will be taught and others that may not be covered this year. So, where does that leave me….this week is our state curriculum fair so I am looking forward to my first attendance at such an event keeping in mind my list of needs and my list of wants if they are in the used curriculum area.
I have made some decisions:
Math – we will begin Alpha from Math-U-See (see link on sidebar for more details)
Language Arts – Continue Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and begin First Language Lessons and add in more copywork, memorization and other items
For History and Science, my plan is to develop 4 unit studies that roughly match the time periods from The Well-Trained Mind to give an overview prior to beginning the Ancients in 1st grade. I am working on a creation unit study which will be our first unit and then I will work on the others with a goal of having them outlined and ready to go by the end of June. Depending on the end product I am thinking of putting them on Lulu for free as I have been so blessed by so many others freebies.
I have a tendency to over-research so I am trying to keep in mind that this is Kindergarten and if need be we can revisit these unit studies later and delve more deeply. 🙂
Art and music appreciation is a pretty easy one for us as there are several venues nearby to take advantage of the arts plus there will be crafts in the unit study. Physical education is important so between our big backyard, bikes/scooters, community park and city park..I think we will be okay in that area as well. There is also an inside facility that I heard is nice and has an open gym time so we may have to check that out during the winter months. We will continue our library visits and will reassess storytime in the fall.
I think I have made progress into the joy of planning and now the key is to continue fleshing it out and have it as close to final as possible in June.