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post #41 of 69
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Originally Posted by A Mom's Love View Post
I'm thinking of using Alpha Omega Horizons or Lifepac for 1st gr. next year. Are they heavily religious? I'm not wanting something that's going to impose their religious beliefs on dd. How much religion is in their math curriculum? Thoughts?
I'm sitting looking at my Horizon K math books to answer your questions...

Flipping through Book 1 and Book 2, I see absolutely nothing Biblical. I would never have known these math books were from a Christian publisher except for the fact that I personally know they are. I don't know about the teacher's manual though.

I DO know that the Horizons Phonics K has little pictures of Bibles in it and such - just sprinkled throughout. But the math had nothing. And IF by chance I missed something, it's probably just in one lesson (I flipped through!).

So I would imagine the 1st grade books are the same.

HTH!
post #42 of 69
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I'm sitting looking at my Horizon K math books to answer your questions...

Flipping through Book 1 and Book 2, I see absolutely nothing Biblical. I would never have known these math books were from a Christian publisher except for the fact that I personally know they are. I don't know about the teacher's manual though.

I DO know that the Horizons Phonics K has little pictures of Bibles in it and such - just sprinkled throughout. But the math had nothing. And IF by chance I missed something, it's probably just in one lesson (I flipped through!).

So I would imagine the 1st grade books are the same.

HTH!
thanks, kgianforti
post #43 of 69
My kindergartener is doing

Sonlight's Core K, Science K, LA K and Readers 1
ETC 1.5
Artistic Pursuits 1
MUS Alpha (just finished Primer)
post #44 of 69
Subbing...

We just pulled our newly 6 yo out of public K and are just doing a little of this and that until I order Enki- which I am hoping we'll love.

post #45 of 69
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thanks, kgianforti
Yikes, I just looked at the online samples of the Horizons 1st grade math and there ARE Biblical references. I'm a bit surprised since the K books have nothing.

Check it out for yourself:

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/horizons/grade-1/math/

Sorry...I'm surprised myself.
post #46 of 69
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Originally Posted by kgianforti View Post
Yikes, I just looked at the online samples of the Horizons 1st grade math and there ARE Biblical references. I'm a bit surprised since the K books have nothing.

Check it out for yourself:

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/horizons/grade-1/math/

Sorry...I'm surprised myself.
That's nice of you to let me know. Hmmm, not sure what to do. We believe in God but hold some different religious beliefs from AOP, as LDS/Mormons. Little things like the creation referenced in the sample wouldn't bother me, as it is part of our belief system. It would bother me if they were trying to "save" my child or had lots of crosses in the workbook.

For K math we are largely using Houghton Mifflin worksheets as well as games like from Games for Math by Peggy Kaye, Family Math for Young Children & http://www.homeschoolmath.net.

Here's the link for the math worksheets we use: http://www.eduplace.com/math/hmm/. I think we found it through mdc, actually. I'm trying to decide if I want to keep using it or if I should buy something for first grade math. I feel qualified to explain first grade math on my own. Maybe I should stick with the free stuff. Money is tight for us. i was just really interested in Horizons math because of the spiral approach and the great reviews it's gotten. Any thoughts? Anyone else used this resource?
post #47 of 69
We are starting either this week or next with the Learn At Home Kindergarten book.
post #48 of 69
My home kindergarten is a non-academic waldorf-inspired program so we are currently practicing some winter fingerplays and verses, enjoying circle time and learning about weather and the days of the week - we are baking once per week, watercolor painting, using our crayons, playing with modeling beeswax - but most of all playing - a real lot - we are outside for at least two hours in the mornings regardless of weather (unless its under 20 degrees due to regulations). We try to follow a weekly theme and let the day unfold as we see fit.
post #49 of 69
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Maybe I should stick with the free stuff. Money is tight for us. i was just really interested in Horizons math because of the spiral approach and the great reviews it's gotten. Any thoughts? Anyone else used this resource?
Saxon math also spirals and you can order free samples from the company to look at. I don't think it's as "advanced" as Horizons. And I have also heard that Saxon 1 is more like K work and Saxon 2 is more like 1st grade work. So you will want to check out Saxon 2. If money is tight, there is a very active "for sale" board on the Well Trained Mind forum:

http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forum...splay.php?f=15

Good luck!
post #50 of 69
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Originally Posted by kgianforti View Post
Saxon math also spirals and you can order free samples from the company to look at. I don't think it's as "advanced" as Horizons. And I have also heard that Saxon 1 is more like K work and Saxon 2 is more like 1st grade work. So you will want to check out Saxon 2. If money is tight, there is a very active "for sale" board on the Well Trained Mind forum:

http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forum...splay.php?f=15

Good luck!
Thanks!
post #51 of 69
I don't know why I'm already thinking about 1st grade curriculum. There's a used curriculum fair in our area about 2 1/2 months from now so I think I'm going to use that as an opportunity to actually be able to flip through books and hopefully find a nice abacus for sale.
post #52 of 69
Mind if I join in your discussion. My girls are 6.5 and 5 and both have been doing kindy work this year. My 6.5 year old is moving into 1st grade work now. But I'd say we're mostly on more of a K level here. We've been using Sonlight LA K, 6.5 year old will be moving onto LA 1 in about 2 weeks and my 5 year old is moving through is slowly, she just turned 5 in November. We're about 16 weeks in, but she doesn't read all the readers yet. She's enjoying sounding out and spelling simple words (such as cat, mom, dad, dog, etc.) on her own now though, rather recently. We're also doing MUS, my 6.5 year old just started Alpha a few weeks ago and my 5 yr old just started Primer. We're going to be starting Sonlight Core K in another week or two. I tried to start it last spring, but it was a little above them at that time, so I held off. And we're also using HWT, Artistic Pursuits 1, and Sonlight Science 1. Although I've become rather disenchanted with the science curriculum and really need to find something better. What's everyone enjoying for science with your K age children?
post #53 of 69
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What's everyone enjoying for science with your K age children?
My 5yo ds really loves the Let's Read and Find Out Science series. We also have a collection of DS, Usborne and Kingfisher science books that round out the science reading. If there is a topic of special interest, our children's librarian always seems to find the best picture books or juvenile non-fiction for us.

To this we add some experiments/labs/demonstrations from 101 Great Science Experiments. And of course, lots of bird watching, insect keeping, fish tending, plant growing, weather observing, star gazing, cooking, measuring, going outside, etc. It helps that I have a science-y husband who is always luring the kids outside and telling them stories about their immune doing epic battle with viruses . He's a nature-geek doctor, so he's got the earth, space and life sciences covered. Actually, he's pretty darn good with the physical and chemical stuff too. Mostly, I just read.
post #54 of 69
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I feel qualified to explain first grade math on my own. Maybe I should stick with the free stuff. Money is tight for us. i was just really interested in Horizons math because of the spiral approach and the great reviews it's gotten. Any thoughts? Anyone else used this resource?
Have you considered using MEP? It's free, and is quite well-regarded. You might start by taking a look at the "Scheme of Work" to see the main things that are covered each year. The lesson plans and worksheets (Practice Books) are both needed to do the program, but there are many things in the lesson plans that are not in the worksheets -- this is definitely a program requiring a lot of hands-on teaching.

We've only been using it since mid-December, but I'm impressed so far.
post #55 of 69
Not much time to read all the replies yet, but I'm so glad to have found this thread! We are soooo enjoying homeschooling, especially since we found an amazing group of relaxed/eclectic/attached home schooling mama's and their lovely kids. We aren't following a 'curriculum' but we have workbooks (from last years HSing convention, dollar store, and book store) that she will do most everyday, she loves them (much to my chagrin!) and we READ READ READ. We were gifted FIAR 1 & 2, all the books and teachers manuals, so we read those books as well, but we aren't doing all the activities. We are an eclectic/child-led/CM/unit study homeschooling family. We love being outside and nature. What I did a year ago, when Abby turned 4 was make a list of Kindergarten goals, and gave us 2 years (from age 4-6) to meet those goals. That way it was low key, no stress, ect. She has met these goals (and more!) just by living and playing. I love Rebecca Rupps Home Learning Year by Year for this, and I also pulled from the internet and What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know. Looking forward to reading what others are doing!
post #56 of 69
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Have you considered using MEP? It's free, and is quite well-regarded. You might start by taking a look at the "Scheme of Work" to see the main things that are covered each year. The lesson plans and worksheets (Practice Books) are both needed to do the program, but there are many things in the lesson plans that are not in the worksheets -- this is definitely a program requiring a lot of hands-on teaching.

We've only been using it since mid-December, but I'm impressed so far.
Interesting...thanks for the link.
post #57 of 69
We use hooked on phonics for reading. I have used the hop workbooks for math as well. I love Charlotte Mason Method, and incorporapte her methods into our teaching. We have enrichment days with a homeschool group in a neighboring town. Right now I am working on the basics, counting forward and backward to 100 and recognizing #'s. ABC's writing and sounds. Some spelling. We are starting addition on Monday. Reading at the kindergarten level with hop. Devotion and scripture memorization. Art, Nature Study, Piano and German. A friend and I co teach. I teach Art and NAture Study, she teaches German (she is from Germany) and her husband teaches piano. Love to be apart of the support on this forum.
post #58 of 69
Originally Posted by scheelimama
What's everyone enjoying for science with your K age children?


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My 5yo ds really loves the Let's Read and Find Out Science series.


same here! we LOVE this series, and we also enjoy books by gail gibbons. additionally, we tivo magic school bus, and i'll pair up books with corresponding epsiodes. for nature study, we use "fun with nature" and "more fun with nature". in the spring we'll hatch chickens again, and in the fall we just hatched quail. we love the local 4H branch. i also plan to get another butterfly kit and ant farm. those were so much fun & homeschoolshare.com had great go-along lapbooks for free.
post #59 of 69
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What's everyone enjoying for science with your K age children?
We are going to use Rod & Staff Patterns of Nature when we start K this fall. It's for 2nd grade but I think I can easily tailor it to K. For example, there is a lesson on birds that you will see during the winter, I figured we could pick some of the birds they list and make crafts or read books about them. Rod & Staff is pretty cheap too.
post #60 of 69
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same here! we LOVE this series, and we also enjoy books by gail gibbons. additionally, we tivo magic school bus, and i'll pair up books with corresponding epsiodes. for nature study, we use "fun with nature" and "more fun with nature". in the spring we'll hatch chickens again, and in the fall we just hatched quail. we love the local 4H branch. i also plan to get another butterfly kit and ant farm. those were so much fun & homeschoolshare.com had great go-along lapbooks for free.
Where's the green with envy smilie? We've had plans for years to build a coop and raise chickens and hatch eggs. Best we can do now is hang out at our neighbor's place and watch her chickens and quail.

What does 4H do again? I'm an urban transplant, so I have vague notions about animal husbandry , but I don't actually know what 4H is about. I imagine though that my little ones would really like anything to do with animals.

And thanks for mentioning the other titles. We love Gail Gibbons too, but I need to go check out the "Fun with Nature" books that you mentioned.
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