Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pre-K Curriculum 2013-2014

In a previous post, I detailed my curriculum choices for my first grader for the 2013-2014 school year.  Today's post is an outline of the curriculum and supplemental materials I plan to use with my little pre-K man.  He will participate in many of the same activities as big brother, but will also have certain topics catered to him.

Daily Notebook

I use several of the pages from the Confessions of a Homeschooler blog.  In addition, there is a hundreds chart, some skip counting pages, a weather chart, and a simple blob map from the Half-Hundred Acre Wood blog.  


Math

Singapore Math (US Edition)--I am really impressed with the Singapore Math program and it seems to be a great fit for my son; therefore, we will stick with it.  That being said, I am not very pleased with the Kindergarten Singapore Math.  I decided to start my 4 year-old in the 1st Grade book and take it slow.  So far it has worked out fine.  For kids who already know how to count and recognize numbers to 50 and understand the basic concepts of addition and subtraction, starting with book 1A should be no problem.  For my full review of the Singapore Math program, click here.

Reading
I don't use any particular reading program, but rather create my own activities as we go.  My basic methodology is:

1.  Teach the alphabet and all the letter sounds
2.  Begin sounding out CVC words
3.  Introduce th, sh, ch, wh, ph digraphs
4.  Introduce basic sight words
5.  Start reading basic readers such as Bob Books
6.  Introduce silent "e" and long vowel sounds
7.  Continue reading basic readers and stories
8.  Teach word families/patterns using word sorts and games
9.  Tackle longer books (ex. Dr. Seuss) by taking turns reading each page
10. Practice, practice, practice

Hagamos Caminos: Partimos--A gentle introduction to reading in Spanish.  We are taking this slow as I prefer for my son to be a strong reader in English before we add reading in Spanish.





Writing

Handwriting Without Tears in Spanish--We don't follow the entire program, but just use the workbooks.



History

Story of the World--We read aloud or listen to a section per day.  I ask comprehension questions after each section.  Sometimes we get our maps and study where the history is taking place.  We use the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History and the Historia del mundo books to dig further into the piece of history we read about.




Supplemental Materials
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
Historia del mundo
Everest enciclopedia visual: Historia del mundo
Classical Conversations Timeline
Classical Conversations History Sentences
Create our own timeline


Bible

Kids of Integrity Character Studies--Wonderful online resource with complete character lesson plans based on Scripture.


Gotta Have God: Cool Devotions for Boys--We try to do one devotional per day 1st thing in the morning.






La nueva Biblia en cuadros para niños--I read a story aloud and ask questions
afterwards.  


Science

Little Labs: Intro to Engineering--This kit has everything you need for the projects included in the box.  My boys love the simple projects.

Little Labs: Stars and Planets--A simple introduction to astronomy in an all-inclusive kit.

Classical Conversations Science Projects and Science Memory Work--Each week at CC we perform a science project, emphasizing the Scientific Method.  Students also study a new science topic each week.


Art

Discovering Great Artists--Wonderful resource which can be used for students of all ages.  It features a short biography of famous artists and a project to go along with each one.

Classical Conversations Art--Students perform art projects for 12 of the 24 weeks of CC.

Music

Piano Lessons--We will begin piano lessons after my son turns 5.

Classical Conversations Music--Students study orchestra and learn the basics of music theory through the tin whistle for 12 of the 24 weeks of CC.

Spanish

Songschool Spanish--Simple songs provide kids with catchy tunes to remember Spanish.


Salsa TV--My kids love Salsa.  Produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting, these 15-minute episodes are easy for kids to follow.  Each episode builds on the vocabulary of the previous one.

Educazion.net--Right now my son is enrolled in Preescolar 2.  For a full review of my experience with Educazion, click here.

Homemade Curriculum--I post all my lesson plans to share with all.