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post #21 of 41
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thanks everyone i love to see the other 'plans out there' to see what others have found ... so much to steal LOL

post #22 of 41

We're officially starting kindy with DD1 in the fall (well, mid-August, as that's when schools start around here).


She's doing K/1st level reading and math already, at her initiative. We'll continue with what we're already doing for that - Math Mammoth (and possibly MEP) for math; Hooked on Phonics, Starfall, Progressive Phonics, and Explode The Code for reading (she goes through phases of preferring one over the others).


Copywork for handwriting. 


I'm also planning on doing basic US history/symbols/government/geography along with DS, who will be in 3rd grade. I hope to do things from http://weefolkart.com/content/homeschool-companion-guides for a more project-y type thing, which I never really did with DS. I also plan to include her in science with DS, but haven't quite decided what we're doing for that.

post #23 of 41
Well the school year runs Feb - Dec here BUT since DD just turned 5 on the weekend, a few weeks before the cut-off she could have started in Feb or waited until next Feb. We will need to apply for registration from her 6th birthday (actual birthday, not the start of the school year) so I feel like we are just beginning kindy now she is 5.
Tankgirl our "school" sounds a lot like yours:
School consists of a choice of math (we're about 1/4 way through RightStart A) or music practice or reading practice or handwriting (using A Beka 4 Cursive) or sometimes something else. I've got a bunch of K-2 Teachers Book Bag pdf's, a bunch of Intellego K-2 units, I've got one of the "Before 5 in a Row" books, we've got "Meet the Masters" art curriculum (which she LOVES)... Basically we're not going to do anything in particular in terms of CHANGE when we "start kindy"... I don't think of it that way... we're just going to keep doing what we're doing, gradually adding in more and more stuff as she's interested and ready for it.

She seems to be gifted and enjoys a certain amount of bookwork, so although I believe in delayed academics I don't believe in *artificially* delayed academics, if you see the difference. So I'm not 'pure' Waldorf in that sense. But my readings on Waldorf help keep me grounded, ensuring that we don't overdo the academics and that there's a good emphasis on story, song, creative play, painting, crafting, knitting... and the Montessori influence keeps me mindful of her practical skills, in that her helping in the kitchen is JUST as important to her education as any 'bookwork'. If not MORE important, really.
We identify as unschoolers but at the start of the year when all her schooled friends were starting K, DD and I came up with "3 things". Each day, usually around lunchtime I give her three suggested activities and she chooses one. We use different materials to Tankgirl (Singapore Maths, Song School Latin, ETC, Miquon, Reading Eggs, Mathletics, BFSU, et al) but the concept is the same - we have a bunch of materials based on her interests and she chooses what she does each day. Music practice isn't ever included in the 3 things - I don't want to send the message one could choose not to do it wink1.gif TBH I often use her 3 things to get her to do something non-academic like play outside or paint a picture.

I also agree with Tankgirl's stance on not artificially delaying academics. If we weren't unschooling we'd be much closer to pure Waldorf but I can't force DD to fit that mold.
ETA she usually also does a few "academic" things by her own volition, our "3 things" was mostly just to satisfy her need to be doing something formal as "school" since people kept asking her about it. Now when they ask what she did for school she usually answers with whatever her 3 things choice was.
post #24 of 41

I will officially have another kindergartner in the fall! :) We don't have to report in OR until they are 7 by sept 5th. We keep track of school work with binders. Each kid has a binder for school work, and another for art work. Plus I take pictures of the stuff too big to put in binders before the time comes that I dispose of it.


My K plans are tentatively like this:


math: We use a combination of Rod & Staff, a misc. workbook, and homemade worksheets. He excells at math. It's crazy.


phonics: Besides the misc. phonics workbooks we have, I'm just not sure about this subject yet! I love Rod & Staff but the spaces provided for writing in their workbooks are so tiny! My son still needs BiG writing space. So I'm on a phonics curriculum hunt.


science: Read alouds.


handwriting: Copywork & letters to grandma & grandpa.


character training: I also have some read alouds I love (such as Wee Lambs, also from Rod & Staff :)  ).


Also, I have FIAR (Five in a Row) that I'm going to try for the 1st time. I just don't have any opinion on this curriculum yet. I think it looks..... wierd. But I'm going to dive into it anyway, based on the amazing reviews it gets. What, me a trend follower?  :p


We do tons of crafts.


I'm not going to do any official history or geography 'til 1st grade, besides what I utilize from FIAR.


I don't have any sense of how I'll organize it all yet. We spend 60 minutes a day for preschool, in addition to crafts. I'm thinking I'll double that for K-  9:30-11:30am.  ?


That's what I've got so far! :)



post #25 of 41
Originally Posted by LuxPerpetua View Post

We're doing a non-academic kindy, so we're using LIttle Acorn Learning along with logic puzzles, living books, and kitchen science experiments.  I have everything purchased but haven't even begun to look at it yet.  I really need to do that.  We don't report until age 8, so no paperwork to go through here, thankfully!

I like the sound of your plans!  Would you be willing to list your materials more specifically?


post #26 of 41

It's funny how things change.  When I was making our plans I had no idea there was a Waldorf school in our area much less one that is a co-op for homeschoolers!!!!  For our curriculum I'm going to use the co-op and will simply unschool with fun crafts other than that.  I'm pretty excited about this.  No. More than that.  Jumping up and down with glee!!! Really, it gives me the bravery to simply unschool.  I'm still working on "deschooling" myself.  I will feel like they are getting some structure/routine from the Waldorf co-op and will transfer the Waldorf activities to group ones rather than me leading them. 

post #27 of 41

We're not going to officially start in the fall, but rather next March. With our seasonal rhythms I feel like we will have more opportunity to get out of the house in the nice weather and go to parks, lakes, farms, etc. and have more of a hands on approach, so we chose to start in the spring. DD will be 5 in April and starting in March (when we can register with the state) will give DH the reassurance of seeing how hs will work for us (and in his mind-if it doesn't we can still send her to K at the PS that neither of us like nut.gif). He's only just agreed on hsing about six weeks ago, so he's still extremely nervous. I've been assuming we'd hs all along. We're leaning towards a secular Charlotte Mason approach because I like how she emphasizes being outside, short lessons, and good literature. It also gives structure for DH to feel comfortable with. I've been looking at MEP mathmatics as well, starting with Reception. Science is still undecided here, but I'm sure we'll be doing some experiments along with nature study. We'll use Story of the World for our history spine and find books covering the discovery of America and the colonies. We've just begun reading our first chapter book recently, and I have a whole list to download from LibriVox, for our read alouds. DD has been playing on Starfall.com, but I'm still undecided if we need more of a phonics program. We own plenty of poetry books too that we will use for reading and copywork, but I'm not sure when we will start that. DD is not really interested in writing yet and I'm not interested in pushing her since she's still so young. I am planning to purchase HWOT as well. Then we'll have picture/composer study as a component of art/music, and DD takes a dance class that will count for PE. Habit training will cover some health topics, but we'll fill in the rest. I think that's all for now. I still have a while to think about it and to see where DD is at that point in time, but I will probably start purchasing materials here and there and we're attempting to add more of a focused routine for the mornings. Anyhow, I hope it's ok if I join in since we're starting K at an odd time of year.

post #28 of 41
Originally Posted by SparklingGemini View Post

I like the sound of your plans!  Would you be willing to list your materials more specifically?


Little Acorn Learning is primarily for stories and crafts. We also have some Enki kindy stories that I'd like to work in some way, but I haven't figured out how yet. I have the Waldorf songbook http://www.amazon.com/Waldorf-Song-Book-Brien-Masters/dp/0863150594/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305562213&sr=1-1, and the Singing Year http://www.amazon.com/Singing-Year-Festivals-Hawthorn-Press/dp/1903458390/ref=pd_sim_b_13. to work on for building up a good repertiore of simple but beautiful songs.  For read-alouds we have a Raggedy Ann and Andy treasury, Frog and Toad, Little Bear, and I'm thinking of adding in A Bear Called Paddington.  (We already do all the Winne the Pooh stories and Beatrix Potter, but we'll continue reading these).  We also have the Charles Fadiman literature anthology recommended by Ambleside online, which is good, and we periodically pull it out for a good story.  For math, we will focus mainly on building logic skills.  We have the game Set, tangrams (Shape By Shape), and dd gets puzzle books in the mail every other month (have you ever heard of PuzzleBuzz?  If not, it's through Highlights and it has some great logic puzzles for this age).  For science, we take daily nature walks, grow a garden each year, raise caterpillars.  We also will do kitchen "science" experiments, but this will probably be sporadic, though I've contemplated doing it each Friday.  We'll see.  We're Waldorf-inspired so we will use the above resources for a short circle time each day followed by "handwork" of some sort.  Monday we'll do clay/playdough modeling (I'm thinking of saving beeswax until grade 1), Tuesday, logic games and puzzles, Wednesday, coloring (I plan on getting out a good picture book and having dd and I copy a picture and then do some drawing of our own), Thursday, painting, and Friday, bread-baking.  Dd is very advance academically and with gross motor skills so my main goal this year is to get us into a rhythm of doing a lesson each day so that we're in a good place for grade 1.  To me, kindergarten is about setting the stage for academic learning but not really sitting to "do" lesson work.  Wishing you the best!

post #29 of 41
Lux in the description of the Waldorf songbook I read it says
This book is designed for classroom and home use with children from age 8 to 12 onwards.
Do you think there is any reason not use it earlier? Not questioning your choice, just asking your opinion as you have actually seen the book and I haven't.
post #30 of 41
Originally Posted by Greenmama2 View Post

Lux in the description of the Waldorf songbook I read it says

This book is designed for classroom and home use with children from age 8 to 12 onwards.

Do you think there is any reason not use it earlier? Not questioning your choice, just asking your opinion as you have actually seen the book and I haven't.

The only reason I can think of is that some of the songs contain harmony and rounds, which would be inappropriate for a young child, but you could easily leave those out.  Most of the songs are very simple melodies.  I think many times Waldorf overdoes the "protection" factor.  My plan is not to use every song in the book for kindy but keep this as a resource for years to come--if that helps clarify a bit.  I think overall it's a good resource for simple but lovely songs, and I think kindy and grade 1 level children should have no difficulty with many of the songs, especially since they will be imitating anyway.  I would list some of the songs, but most I've never heard of.  The Ash Grove is the only one that I recognize, just flipping through it. 

post #31 of 41
Thanks, that was really helpful. It's out of stock on Amazon but I just happen to be in the middle of doing a big order from a local Waldorfy retailer who does have it in stock. I might add it in, especially if it will be useful for quite a few years smile.gif
post #32 of 41

My DS will be "official" in the fall as well!  We have been somewhat structured but not school at home type structure.  Lots of hands-on and reading.  We have been very lax since my DS#2 was born in December.  I decided to go with a curriculum since my little guy will be 9 months or so and my hubby is getting laid off at the end of the month.  We are hoping he finds something soon but I have taken on more online courses to supplement which gives me less time for planning this summer.  I go the curriculum used for very cheap so I wasn't opposed to the expense.  I am very excited to have an official Kindergartener in the fall.  He would definitely be advanced if we were sending him to PS.  Despite being lax, he has picked up reading on his own.  We did phonics and sight words and he picked up the rest.  We will still work on blends/digraphs to help there and continue working on the sight words he doesn't know. Such a fun time to be a homeschooler!

post #33 of 41

Yay! I enjoy reading what everyone is planning.


DD is officially kindy age this fall, although our state doesn't require school yet at this age.


We received all our stuff in the mail last week. We are doing SOTW for history, Horizons K, Reason for Handwriting Manuscript 1, and Science A and Core A Readalouds/Readers from Sonlight. (ETA- I was able to find some of the Sonlight books on ebay at a steep discount, almost new... woo-hoo!)

We've been using BOB books up to this point, and we'll probably continue to drag those out sometimes. DD is reading simple 3-letter words, and doing simple adding and subtracting.


I'm super excited and have been organizing our record/planner book. DD saw the box of books, and wanted to go ahead and start math a few days ago. I'm glad she's so into the math. We're just kind of working on it whenever she asks, rather than doing any kind of schedule yet.


I think we'll do year-round schooling (with some breaks here and there, of course), since I work PT and thus will only be able to do maybe 4 normal homeschool days with her each week. I already started recording what we do, even though it's not officially required yet. I just want to go ahead and get in the habit. I take pictures of some of her drawing/writing, but I suppose I need to get a file going for storing some hard copies of her work too.


I'm really excited. biggrinbounce.gif

post #34 of 41

Side note- What kind of activities are everyone's kids doing, if any?


Our budget is pretty limited, but I plan to sign DD up for once-a-week karate this fall. She does a (free) kids' church program once a week for most of the year. That's all for now. We're kinda rural, so the gas costs alone would eat us alive if she were in a lot of activities each week. (Although I do want to get involved with the local homeschool coop this fall too- I've heard that they do HS gym and HS skate).

post #35 of 41
Originally Posted by major_mama11 View Post

Side note- What kind of activities are everyone's kids doing, if any?

I took DS skiing a few times toward the end of the winter, and he liked it, so I'll probably get a pass for him this winter and try to take him about once a week, like I've been doing with his big sister.  We'll probably go ice skating pretty often, too.  The ice rink near us usually has a homeschool skating time once or twice a week.  He'll probably want to do soccer in the fall.  I'm hoping I can get him to take swimming lessons, but so far he hasn't wanted to.


post #36 of 41

Thanks for the welcome. :)


Major_Mama- My DD takes dance classes once a week and we're hoping to be involved with a homeschooling group as well. It just needs to get off the ground first. There's also a preschool (3-5) nature group that happens at a nature center near us that I'd like to start bringing her to when it starts again this fall.  

post #37 of 41

major_mama11 - we'll be using sonlight K (a very nice person is letting me use their old set) with the K science too (now it's called Core A and has a few different books).  I'm interested in the Reason for Handwriting too, but haven't bought it yet.  Want to see it.  I'm still figuring out what to buy. :)


DD is in dance and will probably do it again next year.  There is a dance/nutcracker thing in the fall that she'll probably do.  Also, I'm thinking of starting music lessons - suzuki violin if it isn't too crazy expensive.  Then she and DS (2 years younger) could both do it.



post #38 of 41

our K plan:

Sonlight K with Readers 1 (already did readers/LA K this year in preschool), Explode the code (currently on book 1), Hooked on Phonics (he may be beyond this already, not sure, but I bought it used from someone and I'm going to see if it will work for us), Math U See (Alpha), Horizons Math 1 (yes, 2 math programs, I couldnt decide, and since we are planning to school year-round, there is plenty of time to do both and see which we like better for 1st grade), Ordinary Parents Guide to teaching reading (currently on lesson 83), Draw Write Now for art, handwriting without tears.  Not sure about PE, but I did buy Homeschool Family Fitness, so I'll see if we can use that....if not, we have a Wii...not sure if there are any other options since I am due with #4 this fall (and all of my kids are under 6), and I dont drive in the winter here.  He will attend sunday school, AWANA at church, a homeschool co-op on Friday afternoons for 6 weeks, and my MOPS group on Tuesdays has a special room/class for homeschoolers since there is so many of them in our group.

post #39 of 41

Hi everyone! We're kindy this fall too, and I've finally made up my mind that we're homeschooling. So I'm brand new to this and haven't had time to figure it all out yet.  Thanks to everyone here for such great ideas - it's helping me figure out how to do this whole thing.
I've filed my intent to homeschool because I'm entering him in a fall enrichment program with the district.  My son really has his heart set on public school, and he did preschool this past year, so it's a good compromise to start with. Once a week, 7 hours. offers spanish infused curriculum which I'm super excited about (him too), and it offers science, communications, p.e., music, art, all that fun stuff.  lunch, recess. So he gets a taste of school without it taking over both of our lives. And it starts an hour later than the regular school. :) Hoping we'll find like-minded people there. But if not, there's LOTS of groups we could join otherwise.

I'm starting my schooling now, and that is my intention - year round - with breaks whenever we need them.  I don't want him to feel like I'm cramming stuff down his throat and I don't want it to feel so unnatural - the learning, but I also want to keep him on par with what he *should* be learning in terms of public school. So it will be tricky because after preschool he's become pretty resistant to any intentional schooling. And he doesn't like to work on it for very long.

So anyway, at the moment, I'm making use of all the free online resources - namely, flash cards, calenders, worksheets, letter books, etc.  Scissor skills, glue. He's really into making up a story and having me write it down, or writing a song.  I'm going to start working on high frequency word flash cards.  He really wants to read, and I'm trying to get him there. He knows most of his sounds, but still doesn't have it down perfectly, nor does he recognize all of the lower case alphabet perfectly.  He does write his letters pretty well though.

The main subjects I think I'll be working on this summer are reading and writing, calender, telling time, and nature study.  I'm going to get a big folder and start keeping track of our daily learnings, not because I have to, but because I think it would be a good thing to do. I intend to get story books from the library to teach him history, mythology, religion, etc., but that's not my main focus right now.  He also gets lots of lessons in gardening and plant medicine. Even though I intend to develop an intentional nature study, he already interacts with it and learns about it on a daily basis.

I want to provide him an outlet for using tools and building things (for real). Haven't figured that out yet. But it would be really important to my boy. I'd like his grandfather to help with this... but it looks like I'm going to have to be the one. I'd like to have one project a week, ideally.

We have one of those little kids pianos that teaches how to play by letter and color. He works on this at least once or twice a day all on his own. He's really taken to it.  :)  Also I want to teach him how to read and play music for the harmonica as well.

He's in karate and tumbling for now.  

One thing I love about homeschooling, is that he gets to participate in all the life skills. Buying food, cooking, cleaning, laundry, watering plants, yardwork, taking care of animals, etc. This teaches real self-sufficiency and the love of it, and I think it's equally important to brainwork.

Still need to organize my curriculum more, get a nature journal and some identification books... but this is where I'm at now.

Nice to meet you all :)

post #40 of 41

So DH and I just decided that we're going to go on a week long camping trip this September. It's a joint birthday present for us, but part of it is sort of the thrill of taking a trip when ds "should" be in school. He is very into hiking, climbing and guide books so that's where we'll focus his learning. Everything from creating packing lists, keeping track of animals, tracks, plants and rocks, family trip journals, maps, and outdoor skills. As well as what ever else gets thrown our way!!

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