My son will be Kindergarden age next year. I would like to do something relaxed with him. He's a very hands-on and visual learner. It's hard for him to sit still for very long. (My daughter was the opposite at that age and loved to read and work on papers, craft projcts, etc.) I was thinking Oak Meadow or something Montessori based. Does anyone have input on what would be good for a wild and crazy boy? Free resources are always appreciated too. Thanks!
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I have a 4.5 year old daughter and she also learns in a different way than my older one. For now, I do not follow any specific curriculum. I got the reading list printed from 'five in a row' website, and try to get the books from the library. I read to her and let her read small words or sentences. I also use "Math Start" series books (again from the library). They have story based math concepts and additional hands-on activities at the end of the book (more activities are also available from their website http://mathstart.net/). We also do some backyard activities like gardening and bird-watching, and visit science museums, zoo and other places to learn. Hope this gives you some ideas.
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I agree that Oak Meadow would be a good fit. Being hands-on, I'd avoid any literature-heavy approaches at this age. We have had great success in kindy by using Little Acorn Learning's monthly guides combined with our own stuff. Our kindy is very movement, song, story, and craft-oriented--no overt academics. And it has worked beautifully. Dd taught herself to read, does lots of mental math, is way ahead musically and artistically, and her logic and spatial skills are awesome (one handwork we do each week is a logic game--like the ThinkFun games, Set, or origami).
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