G is reading right at a Kindergarten level and loves the Hooked on Phonics program. She is a Math whiz and Singapore Math works well for her. She enjoys seat work that "feels like school".
J disagrees. He's very active but has just recently taken an interest in his sister's seat work. He plays well on his own, which is good because sister likes to have absolute silence when working on seat work, but unfortunately brother's independent play time does not always coordinate with her desire for silence. Handwriting has also been a challenge so we took some time off and will be returning to letter formation this year.
In an effort to address both their needs and integrate programs I am working on a Scope and Sequence for our activities and lessons. It also helps should I ever have to present our curriculum to the state. Brother wants to do anything that sister does, but sometimes that interferes with both of their learning. I plan to use a Quiet Box to keep him learning in a separate space from his sister when she needs to focus.
We are using:
- A Year of Playing Skillfully (The Homegrown Preschooler)
- Hooked on Phonics
- Hooked on Spelling
- Singapore Math
- Handwriting Without Tears
- My Bible Story Sketch book
I split the organization into three pages:
- First Grade (items only G completes; J joins for Shared Reading)
- Preschool (items only J completes, G joins for Literacy at her choice)
A few things to note - since we live in Texas certain activities are earlier/later than may be usual in other parts of the nation. For example, we have to pick apples early, but our foliage won't change until very late.
Very shortly I will also post a weekly outline similar to what we used last semester: Week at a Glance