I have been following this thread, but I was afraid to post because of the heat I got on another thread for calling myself a homeschooler when my oldest is 31 months. Here I go...
We are using www.letteroftheweek.com
. We started the 26 week long prep curriculum, which essentially introduces colors, shapes, letters, numbers, etc. The letters and numbers part of this specific 26 weeks is letter and number recognition (i.e. when Hayden looks at a letter "Aa", he knows it is a letter and not a drawing) and nothing more at this point. Then next series of 26 weeks is letter recognition with sound association (i.e. Hayden looks at a letter, knows it is a letter and not a drawing, and recognizes that the letter is a symbol for the sound).
Hayden has no idea we are doing school. He thinks we are just doing cool stuff while his brother is sleeping. He is right! We are playing with a purpose!
We started last week, and the theme was cows. The vocab word was calf, letter a, number 1 and shape square. We collected a ton of cow, calf, letter a, etc. books at the library. We sang "Hey Diddle Diddle" and "Old McDonald" over and over all week. We did a ton of reading (books and poems), coloring, painting, singing, etc. all week.
Our week wrapped up with a visit to a friend's farm where some of her fall cows were calving early. I was so very proud of being a homeschooler when ds turned to me and said, "Look mama...a calf!" Calf was our vocabulary word, and it was so gratifying for him to make the connection from our classroom (also the living room floor!) and the real world.
Our theme this week is Jungles, vocab word is vines, letter b, number 2, color green. We read The Jungle Book
and Jungle Drums
(amazing illustrations) this morning, and ran around the house acting like jungle animals swinging from vine to vine.
Looking forward to k and the grades, we will probably lean toward a more holistic style and curriculum (really liking enki right now). For the time being, we are just doing the things that Hayden's playmates are doing when they go to preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.