Originally Posted by Mariposa
We will be using Rocket Phonics and Starfall for reading, Handwriting without tears, Math U See Primer and Singapore math, What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know and Story of the World. We also are using Rebecca Rupp's Homelearning Year by Year as a guide/checklist and a lot of the resources listed. ......
Hi Mariposa (and everyone else),
These past six months I've had a real change of heart regarding homeschooling philosophies. I've gone from thinking we should be radical unschoolers to now understanding that a structured, classical education (with LOTS of science thrown in) works MUCH better for our family.
I've gone over and over Core Knowledge and the WTM, as well as looking at the Accelerated Achievement documents. I really like what I see.
So, here's the plan...we already do 75% of this every day right now (dd1 craves struture and is very bright...she'll be Kindy age in December).
Each of these activities run from 10-15 minutes daily.
I read to her (Ambleside Year O readings and/or Core Knowledge suggestions...they often overlap).
She reads to me (she's at a third grade level now) from McGuffey's readers.
Handwriting Without Tears (this takes 5 minutes usually)
Chemistry (Real Science 4 Kids Pre-Level 1)
Young Scientist Club activity OR CK science suggestions
Spanish (20 minutes daily, songs, bingo, activities)
ASL (10 minutes daily, using ASL Pro online)
MTuW Chinese (30 minute Mei Mei or Jade DVD...my kids LOVE these!)
Th F Sa French (15-20 minutes Rosetta Stone)
art (appreciation -- 5 minutes, creation -- as much time as they want)
music (singing songs -- as much time as they want, usually 15 minutes or so. Appreciation -- 15 minutes of my playing something specific while we're in the car)
handicrafts (wood working, learning how to tie shoes, helping me fix plumbing, dust, cook, whatever else comes in handy on a practical basis)
copywork using common phrases and saying -- 5 minutes every other day
This seems like a lot written down, but again, we're doing most of that right now and it feels relaxed and enjoyable. All of it should take 3 and a half hours each day, spread out throughout the day. I'm making sure at least 3-4 hours are scheduled in each day for outdoor time, preferably in nature (ocean, farm, hiking, etc.)
Dd1 is also starting Suzuki violin, continuing soccer and swim lessons, and joining a Mandarin-speaking playgroup. Then there's meeting up with friends 2 or three times a week (including weekends). And fitting a few things for dd2 in as well.
We'll see how doing all that feels, and we'll cut back where (if) necessary.
ETA: I plan on doing three weeks on, one week off, year-round.