dd1 turned 5 in december 2010, but here that means she starts kindy in sept 2011. so, she is pretty well where she should be, but now we have to report.
there are 8 sections we need to follow for the state of MD:
language arts: we are going to use the writing program from the WTM people. BOB books for phonics. also, she is just starting reading to herself so we will keep a list of those books and for all books that i read to her she will need to draw a picture and write a sentence describing something out of the book (we're calling it a reading journal, we usually read a book every week or two)
math: starting singapore early bird
science: using Nebel's building foundations
social studies: i am a geographer and geologist, so i am nuts about spatial relationships. we are doing 3 things for this section: using Open the Door let's Explore more we will make maps of different buildings and local areas to understand how things are set up in our community and to build spatial skills. we are also going to get a big map of MD. using the website Markeroni we are going to research different historical markers and take trips to go find them. then we are going to write in our journal what it was, why its important. later we will mark it on our map at home, list it on a timeline, and research it at the library. the third piece is going to be letterboxing. that is also to build spatial relationships and understand proper map and compass use. i imagine we will be doing 2 activities (markeroni, letterboxing, mapmaking) once a week.
PE: we are going to start rock climbing at a local climbing gym. also continue swimming, possibly a dance class, also just running around and yoga at home
health: this has me stuck. i don't know really what to do. i am thinking i will make a little journal and everyday she writes an entry about a health related thing we did (discuss eating a rainbow, brush teeth, lapbooks about your body?)
music: found a solfa teacher locally. and we are learning to play the ukulele together
art: i have some great art books by mary kohl, as well as some kids sewing books
i haven't chosen these topics, the state requires them and reviews w/parents once a year, 2x in the first year of hsing. if it were up to me i would skip the health and not really think about the PE, just have her in classes and teams, swimming and climbing. written out it seems like a lot, but we are already doing the language arts stuff, it doesnt take long at all, and most of the reading is our relaxing time anyway. also, the Social studies stuff will take us out of the house, and it will only be 2x a week.