Originally Posted by Periwinkle
not sure I belong here but want to sub b/c I've been looking at Enki as a way to supplement my kids' public school education (no, not keeping them studing for hours on end, lol, just realizing recently that the homework they're getting is doing nothing for them and I'd love to find ways to help them learn in a way more in line with our values but also more in tune with their interests). They're in 1st grade and I LOVE the Grade 1 curriculum I have read on the Enki website. Talk about speaking to me on 50 different levels. Anyway, is it legal for a public school mom to post to this thread?
Of course you belong!
I haven't done Enki GR1 yet, but I've heard it is a ton of work compared to Kindy. In your situation I might get just the Guides and stories. But I'll warn you, the Guides will suck up a lot of time.
Before buying the Enki Guides, I'd suggest Oak Meadow's Heart of Learning
manual ($30). Then, if after reading The Heart of Learning you wanted to delve much deeper into the philosophy and have a lot of time to spend reading, the Enki Guides would be a good next step.
If you have specific concerns about movement or sensory processing issues, getting the Enki Guides and either the Kindy or First Grade Movement binders would be worthwhile, but otherwise Christopherus' Joyful Movement
($25) would probably be fine.
Then you might add either the Enki Kindergarten Fairy/Folk Tales
($50) or the Enki GR1 Fairy Tales
($125). The Enki K stories are not too young for 1st graders, and they really are wonderful, so they wouldn't be a waste of money.
If you aren't buying a complete package, I'd suggest skipping Enki Crafts. You wouldn't need that amount of material as a supplement, and you can find much of the information online for free or from library books (ask if you need specific suggestions!). You might want the Community and Festival Songs
If you want to bring in a story approach to math, I don't think you really need Enki's Math. Instead check out Gnomes and Gnumbers
(scroll down to bottom for beginning) (free!). Or for another fun approach, try Noble Knights of Knowledge
. The website Living Math
is also full of wonderful resources, and I really like the Family Math books
If you want to teach recorder, Donna Simmons of Christopherus suggests the inexpensive Oak Meadow instruction manuals ($10 each) (Beginning
for 1st Grade, Intermediate
for 2nd Grade, and Advanced
for 3rd Grade). Personally I'd choose a different recorder: either a Yamaha Soprano 300 series (~$15) or the Gill Maple Soprano sold by Music for Little People (~$30).
If you want to teach knitting, Kids Knitting
by Melanie Falick is a favorite.