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This summer has been so much fun for our family! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the break, and time spent with our family and friends. Most of our local friends started back at school earlier this month. Our official first day (although we’ve been working up to it with a “soft start”) is Monday, Aug. 20, following our last summer hurrah—a trip to Gulf Shores with our bests this upcoming weekend. I’ve spent countless hours planning and prepping for our year (Kindergarten!), and we’re just about set. I still need to bind these, but I thought I’d share what curricula we’re using this year, along with our supply and planning set up. This year we’re using a mostly Charlotte Mason-inspired curricula, but I’m still considering us to be eclectic as we’re also using unit studies and a bit of unschooling.
As most of you know, we’ve been dabbling in homeschooling for the last few years. I’ve shared some of our Tot School adventures, Preschool, and Pre-K. This year Benjamin turns 6 and we’re looking forward to incorporating a little more structure to our days. We are using the Charlotte Mason-inspired Kindergarten Curriculum from A Humble Place for History, Literature, Art History, and Music. To be specific, we’re reading through most of Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin for history. You can download it on Kindle for free, here. For literature, we’re reading through the entire Winnie-the-Pooh and Beatrix Potter series’, as well as books for the Wild + Free book club we joined. For art history we’re using these Charlotte Mason Picture Study Aids. As per the curriculum we’re using, Benjamin will be doing one page of Copywork each day. I’ve selected one simple Bible verse or literature quote for him to copy.
For Reading – In addition to the literature I’ll be reading aloud, Benjamin will be working his way through Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers, and various easy readers we have on hand.
In addition to the poetry anthologies we’ll be reading each day for Morning Time, we are making Poetry Teatime a weekly activity. I purchased the Winnie-the-Pooh Cookbook so that Benjamin and I can bake our own treats prior.
We’ll be using the Elementary Geography Book 1 from The Ambleside Series Geography Book by Charlotte Mason for Geography.
Benjamin is continuing with the Sound of Nature School once a week for ukulele lessons, a group music class, and naturalist class. In addition to that nature class, we’re using the Exploring Nature with Children Curriculum by Raising Little Shoots for Nature Study. We’re doing our own combination of unit studies, per his interests, in Science, as well as continuing to pursue badges through Wild Explorers Club.
We’ll be using resources from Spanish Mama, IXL, Spanish Town, etc. for our Spanish lessons.
Bible will be a part of our Morning Time, through prayer, the singing of hymns, practicing his memory verse and big question answer, which is supplied by our church each Sunday. At bedtime, my husband has started reading one story from the I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook, and one Proverb each night. We’re going in chronological order and will repeat the readings throughout the year.
Math is the only subject that I don’t have a concise plan for at this time. Last year, he worked his way through several Usborne books and is pretty proficient in most Kindergarten math concepts already. I imagine we’ll review what he knows and then continue on to learn more about concepts such as money and time. I’d love to get him started with The Charlotte Mason Elementary Math, Book 1 Bundle by Simply Charlotte Mason, before next year.
Here is our current homeschool supply space. Everything we need is stored here, with the exception of our current reads. Benjamin has a vintage school desk that he works on, which I just move up to be right next to wherever I’m sitting. We also rescued an easel from the dumpster this weekend, that’s in pretty good condition! I cleaned it up and he’ll be able to work on the chalkboard side for writing and drawing. The other side is a whiteboard, that has been drawn on with permanent marker. I covered it with white contact paper I had on hand. I’m going to hot glue wooden clips to the top, to display our current art history picture studies! Super happy with that find. Here are some closer peeks at this space.
Not pictured: The bottom 3 drawers on the left contain geography books (picture atlas, etc.), history biographies, and brain games/activity books.
For a glimpse into how I’m physically planning our year, check out how I’m using a pocket traveler’s notebook as my homeschool planner!