I'm running a year round schedule Jan-Jan so still doing K and will move into 1st grade mid-year. I started K at age six intentionally. I felt academics were better delayed and even at this point I pick things that are high quality but don't take inordinate amounts of time so most of their day is play and listening to stories.
I'm happy to share what we're doing. I love to plan. But I figured out quickly that my discipline to do it day in and out was lacking. So for me planned is working better for most areas.Phonics/reading/spelling/language arts:
I wish I had a do-over on phonics! We started with Headsprout. My kids loved it. I wouldn't do it again if I had another child. It wasn't worth the expense and it's not as solid of a phonics basis as I want for them. If I had a do over I would possibly do Explode the Code
for beginning Phonics.I See Sam
readers K and will continue. We love them!! I've got McGuffey
readers as well for practice and I've used and will continue to use Progressive Phonics
free books.Recipe for Reading
type lessons for phonograms along with story/song/DVD materials from http://funwithphonograms.com/ Fun With Phonograms
to make learning the phonograms and spelling rules fun.How to Spell
workbooks 1 and 2.
I feel we're getting a really good phonics basis now. So I'll continue this through 1st grade.
Eventually I plan to move into Phonics Road
as our complete language arts but I'm not sure financially if I'll hit that in 1st grade or not. I think for now I'm doing the equivalent for less money though having the program would be nice!Math: RightStart
A for K moving into B for 1st grade. It's the math instruction I wish I had received growing up. My kids are learning how to think about math. I'm adding in MEP math
because it's free and high quality and gives a different (also good) take on things.Handwriting: Handwriting without Tears
and when we finish the K book we're in we'll move into copywork from McGuffey's
readers I think. I don't think think we need the 1st grade and I need to save money so this is going to switch to do it ourselves.Literature/History/Bible/Science/etc.: Heart of Dakota and Liberty Kids
videos for history as well.Also bible
: I'm doing Karen Henley
stuff (fun) and and we're starting Grapevine
studies at some point.
I have How to Teach Art to Children
and Science Excursion
if I ever get my act together to consistently do them. I'm also planning on a Spanish curriculum but, again, I've got to get it going consistently.