Kindergarten

Kindergarten Plans

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I have gone back and forth between wanting to wait to see what we actually accomplish this year to share our kindergarten plans, and to wanting to share as we are working through them.  I first began this post just after we had started our  year, and now it's been about four months (with breaks interspersed) since the beginning.  I thought it would be fun to go ahead and share as I check in with myself, so to speak-----and also comment on what we've done and what might change.

Our youngest was definitely ready for more than completely learning "by the way" (as things just came up), and I wanted to use a framework for her year that would introduce her to subjects and methods we will continue to use throughout her schooling.  Even though Charlotte Mason did not (seemingly?) begin formal lessons for children under 6, I think she implies (or outright says) that we can follow the lead of our children in various areas----she definitely outlines how to start reading lessons for the child who is ready before 6. 

AND GUESS WHAT?   

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From "A Liberal Education for All" found here:  https://archive.org/details/BoxPNEU23Filepneu161 (I just read this a week or so ago!)

Although this was published after the death of Charlotte Mason, it seems the PNEU at least eventually did support the start of work with children under six.  I'm not sure what this means about what Charlotte Mason herself would say, but I think this may have been an outgrowth of taking the child's lead as it says they "might do a good deal of work in Form 1B".  Because this document is seemingly a handbook for the PNEU, I also wonder if it would have been stated this way in years prior to Charlotte Mason's death.  One day, maybe I shall find out!  Of course,  I about fell out of my chair when I read this.  Truly, I was shocked.    However, as more and more things are put online for all of us to access, we do see more into the workings of the PNEU---which we are free to take or leave, and apply as we will to our home school.  I'm very curious to know how this developed, however, and will be keeping my eyes out for it.

Of course, in some states now, kindergarten is required; and those homeschooling parents have fewer choices about when they begin a certain course of study.  Interestingly, of all the PNEU programmes I have been able to review so far, a 1B year is "lighter" than I had previously realized.  (Thanks to Wildwood for the discussion on this and their Form 1 work!  I may have first seen "A Liberal Education for All" mentioned in their Facebook group or elsewhere by one of their creators too.  I wish I had more time to read much more of the original PNEU documents....)  It makes sense that some five year olds would be ready to join in without narrations being required (or at least not much----again, what was I reading?!?!?) and with a book or two altered.  I'm hoping to put together a post of a "typical" 1B program of study.  For now, let me say---my example is NOT it.  Our year has been based on interests of my daughter as well as the introduction of certain subjects we will continue to study.

So without further ado.....what I'd planned, what we've accomplished or are currently working on, and where we'll head/revisions. (It's long---many picture books, and I've listed them out... I've inserted some pictures from Instagram to break it up a bit.)

 

Sunshine and CM's Kindergarten Course of Study

 

Arts

  • Picture Study (Bierstadt, Cassatt, Matisse, Audubon, B. West) - We've been working on Bierstadt, and the others may change as I'm trying to decide our future studies.
  • Drawing (selected lessons from Art Projects for Kids and drawing books) We have been working on drawing, but it's not been planned out.  Just as we'd like or as she does on her own.
  • Art Lessons or Free Art Exploration Time utilizing the following resources:
    • Primary Art: It’s the Process, Not the Product by Mary Ann Kohl
    • Deep Space Sparkle website
    • Art Projects for Kids website
    • That Artist Woman website

 

Christian Studies

  • Bible Reading
    • Selections from Egermeier’s Bible Story Book
  • Devotional/Faith Based Reading
    • Catechism: A Catechism for Boys and Girls (Carey Publications)
    • Big Thoughts for Little People: ABCs to Help You Grow by K. Taylor (finished)
    • Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers: The Scripture by J. Allen (finished)
    • A Picture of God: 3 in 1 by J. Marxhausen
    • Children in the Bible by A. Zobel-Nolan
    • God’s Troubadour, The Story of St. Francis of Assisi by S. Jewett
    • First Steps: 75 Devotions for Families with Young Children by P. Loth, Jr.

 

Citizenship

  • The Children’s Book of Virtues by William Bennett (Selections)- We've finished this one.  I left out a few selections.  She did not want it to be over!
  • The Children’s Book of Home and Family by William Bennett (Selections)

 

Geography-Read Around the World

 

  • Introduction to Maps

            *As the Crow Flies:  A First Book of Maps by Gail Hartman

            *Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

  • For Use Throughout the Year

            *Little Kids First Big Book of the World by Elizabeth Carney

            *Peoples of the World (Usborne)

  • North America- We've finished reading each of these.

            *Welcome to North America! by April Sayre

            *The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose  (Tribes of North America)

            *Arctic Son by Jean Craighead George (Alaska)

            *Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis (Mexico)

            *Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Madrigal (Mexico)

            *The Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews (Canada)

            *How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman (USA)

            *Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (USA)

            *Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (USA)

  • South America- We've finished reading these.

            *South America, Surprise!  by April Sayre

            *Biblioburro:  A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winter (Columbia)

            *My Name is Gabriela:  The Life of Gabriela Mistral by Monica Brown (Columbia)

            *The Great Kapok Tree:  A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

            *Rain Forest Secrets by Arthur Dorros

            *Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen

  • Europe- We're working on reading these now! We've read the highlighted ones so far.  :-)

            *Hello Europe! by April Sayre

            *The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Spain)

            *Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney (England)

            *Mirette on the High Wire by Emily McCully (France)

            *Starring Mirette and Bellini by Emily McCully

            *Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (France)

            *Strega Nona:  Her Story as Told to Tomie dePaola by Tomie dePaola (Italy)

            *The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by A. and M. Provensen
           (France/England)

           *The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

  • Asia

*Greetings, Asia! By April Sayre

*The Empty Pot by Demi (China)

*Once a Mouse… by Marcia Brown (India)

*Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (Thailand)

*Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel (China)

*Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park (Korea)

*How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman (Japan)

*A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsumo (Japan)

  • Africa

            *Good Morning, Africa! by April Sayre

            *A is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu

            *The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Heide and Judith Gilliland (Egypt)

            *Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema (Kenya)

            *Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier (Uganda)

            *Galimoto by Karen Williams (Malawi)

            *Emmanuel’s Dream:  The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie
                       Thompson (Ghana)

  • Australia

            *G’Day, Australia! by April Sayre

            *Colors of Australia by Lynn Olawsky

            *Over in Australia:  Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes

  • Antarctica

*Hooray for Antarctica! By April Sayre

 

History:  Before the year started, I thought I'd like to read a picture book biography every week or so.  But so far, we've only read a few of these and I'm not sure how many we will finish by year's end vs. saving them for another year.   These are great books though, so I'm leaving them up in case anyone is looking for good picture book biographies/historical stories.

  • Picture book biographies/true stories
    • A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by D. Adler
    • A Picture Book of George Washington by D. Adler
    • The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West by B. Brenner
    • A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by D. Adler
    • The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki (John Chapman)
    • Ordinary Extraordinary Jane Austen by D. Hopkinson
    • The Boy Who Drew Wild Birds: A Story of John J. Audubon by J. Davies
    • Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by C. Bardoe
    • Emily and Carlo by M. Figley (Emily Dickinson)
    • Emily by M. Bedard (Emily Dickinson)
    • Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt by J. Sweeney
    • A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison by D. Adler
    • Lily: The Girl Who Could See S Oxley and T. Ladwig (Lilias Trotter)
    • Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by S. Slade
    • The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever (Kate Sessions) by H. J. Hopkins
    • The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by T. Stone
    • George Washington Carver by L. Bowdish
    • Snowflake Bentley by J. Martin (Wilson Bentley)
    • The True Story of Peter Rabbit: How a Letter from Beatrix Potter Became a Children’s Classic by J. Johnson
    • Matisse: The King of Color by L. Anholt
    • Papa is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost by N. Bober
    • Young Helen Keller: Woman of Courage by A. Benjamin
    • Young Amelia Earhart: A Dream to Fly by S. Alcott
    • Duke Ellington by A. Pinkney
    • Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by J. Marzollo
    • You Should Meet Mae Jemison by L. Calkhoven
    • Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by L. Mattick
    • The Story of Ruby Bridges by R. Coles

 

Language Arts

  • Copywork
    • Letter, number, word formation on lined paper
  • Beginning Reading....well, my daughter started reading completely on her own.  Like reading just about anything elementary level or so.  We've not done formal reading lessons, and although I fret about her missing something for not having done them, I keep saying----she's *reading* so stop the fretting.  So we haven't exactly used the books I thought we might as she hasn't been as interested in them.  In all my years of teaching the young children of others (10+) and even with my oldest, I've never experienced this kind of progression first hand.  Just mentioning it by way of explaining why we aren't using any beginning reading things (I even purchased The Good and the Beautiful K at some point though it's not listed here as I had put it aside)---certainly, not typical at all.  It's been a bit surreal---in a good way!  :-)
    • Free and Treadwell Primer, First Reader
    • Other beginning readers/series
  • Literature
    • The Complete Brambly Hedge by J. Barklem
    • Dooryard Stories by C. Pierson (night time reading)
    • Beatrix Potter Collection of Stories by B. Potter (in progress)
    • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (finished)
    • The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne (in progress)
    • Seasonal picture books and additional picture books and/or short chapter books
  • Poetry
    • Lavender’s Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes by K. Lines (selections)- In progress.  We will likely stick with this and poetry collections vs. starting any of a certain poet.
    • A Child’s Own Book of Verse Book One (selections)
    • Selections from Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson
    • Climb Into My Lap: First Poems to Read Together selections by L. Hopkins
  • Recitation
    • Pledge of Allegiance (Memorized)
    • Short Bible Passages (ongoing)
    • Prayers from Classic Treasury Collections
    • Poems (ongoing:  We started using IEW's Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization.  She's memorized the first few, but we keep this very light and not regularly scheduled.  Note:  recitation does not have to be memorized.  There seem to be two types in Mason's volumes.  And when she's older, I'll likely turn over some of the choice of recitation selections to her. )

 

Math

  • RightStart LevelA  We've used some of RS Level A.....I tried it with my oldest some 10+ years ago....I was a drop out then, and I'm probably a drop out now.....I put it aside and have been thinking about looking at it again sometime soon.  Meanwhile, we've been using some Math Mammoth 1 and some Horizons K (which I already had).
  • Math Application (Every day activities: games, puzzles, cooking, play dough, slime, etc.)

 

Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)

  • Songs in Spanish: Use Boca Beth, De Colores
  • 1000 Words in Spanish
  • Picture Books in Spanish: La Oruga Muy Hambrienta, Biscuit books (need to purchase 1-2), Mi Amor Por Ti
  • Videos on Amazon Streaming, Boca Beth
  • Listen in on ULAT lessons if desired
  • SALSA Spanish online stories

I'm just going to do a general update on Spanish, because we are using a variety of the things listed above, but they are not our focus.  Our focus has ended up being some things I found after I made up these plans:

WhistleFritz DVD and CDs

Calico Spanish

Reading A to Z Spanish books

We LOVE WhistleFritz and Calico Spanish.  We've used some Reading A to Z books, but I mostly got those for a bit further down the line and am still working on printing them out.   I was able to purchase the WhistleFritz program and the Reading A to Z subscription at a discount through Homeschool Buyer's Co-Op.  We've not used the lesson book from WhistleFritz at all yet....some of she already knows and Calico Spanish has been our "main" lesson source.  If you're not familiar with it....instead of me writing it all out---just hop on over to their site and look around.  Watch free videos on YouTube.  Sign up for their free trial---you'll get access to everything they offer!  And if you decide to subscribe, email them for a discount for homeschoolers.   

 

 

 

Music

  • Music Appreciation- We've started using some of these resources, but it's been by the way.  I really do want to be more intentional with this!
    • SQUILT: Meet the Instruments (collection of selections for listening based on instrument families and accompanying instrument cards)
    • M is for Melody: A Musical Alphabet by K. Wargin
    • Meet the Orchestra by A. Hayes
    • The Story of the Orchestra by R. Levine
  • Songs- We are using these resouces....but I fizzled out after the first two songs in each category.  Need to get back on it!  :-)
    • Children’s/Folk Songs
      • Selections from Raffi Singable Songs for the Very Young and Raffi on Broadway
    • Bible/Faith Songs
      • Selections from Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Volume 2
    • Patriotic/Americana Songs
      • Selections from Wee Sing America

Science

  • Nature Lore
    • Seed Babies- (started)
    • Outdoor Visits by E. Patch (selections) ** I may save this for next year....not sure.
    • Among the Meadow People by C. Pierson
  • Science/Nature Study: Backyard observations
    • Science Experiments for Young Learners (Evan Moor)- Selections from Life Science Section (Seed and Plant Observations, Meal Worm/Beetle Life Cycle, etc.)
    • Plants (Term 1)
      • Sprout bean seeds and watch grow (We tried this multiple times, but after ours sprouted they all got moldy no matter where we tried to set them up.  It was disappointing and I may try again in cooler temperatures because I've done this more than once in the past and it's so cool to watch!)
      • Grow different varieties of sunflowers
      • Fruits and Vegetables (seeds and how they grow)
      • Books—Select from: The Fruits We Eat, The Carrot Seed, Berries, Nuts and Seeds (Take Along Guide), How Do Apples Grow, A Seed is Sleepy, A Reason for a Flower, The Vegetables We Eat, The Tiny Seed
    • Worms (Term 1)
      • Learn about earthworms and their importance to the soil/plants
      • Books: Wiggling Worms at Work, Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt
    • Butterflies, Dragonflies, other insects (Term 2)
      • Observe backyard insects
      • If possible, collect (or order) caterpillars to observe and learn about the life cycle of butterflies (or moths)
      • If desired, select one other insect to closely observe through a habitat kit such as ladybugs or ants
      • Books---Select from: Are You A Ladybug?, From Caterpillar to Butterfly, Ant Cities, What About Ladybugs, The Honey Makers (maybe), Bugs A to Z, A Butterfly is Patient
    • Spiders (Term 2)
      • Observe backyard spiders and webs
      • Learn about the differences between spiders and insects
      • Books (need to select)
  • Birds (Term 3)
    • Observe backyard birds, begin to learn their call and learn names of birds that visit the yard
    • Learn about the life cycle of birds (observe nests/eggs if any found in yard during the spring)
    • Books---Select from: A Nest Full of Eggs, An Egg is Quiet (not just birds), A Nest is Noisy (not just birds), Birds, Nest and Eggs (Take Along Guide), Counting is For the Birds, The Robins in Your Backyard, How Do Birds Find Their Way?, Flute’s Journey, Beaks

So "Science" has its own update too.....My daughter was asking for more Spanish...check!  And she was taking out one of our kits and trying to make her own "experiments" daily....so I got right on that too.  :-)  In the form of purchasing Elemental Science's Intro to Science year.  (Not that her water play and pouring and measuring isn't great...but I though she would delight in doing more; and she has.) The Intro to Science program is based on the book More Mudpies to Magnets for experiments and schedules things out nicely. Notebook pages and lapbook templates are also available.  She has LOVED every thing in this program. The lapbook, the notebook pages, the experiments---and the suggested nonfiction picture books that we've read that go along with topics.   Some of my original planned topics are parts of the Intro to Science year, but I'm using that as my main guide/focus now.  We are moving at our own pace through it, though and I'm not sure if we'll use the whole program this year or not. 

She also gravitates towards science books in her own free reading time.  I'll have to update at the end of the year with some of her favorites.  She's really enjoyed the entire Backyard Books series (Are You a Ladybug?  Are You a Spider?....etc.) and several from the Let's Read and Find Out Science series, along with some Magic School Bus books and others we have on the shelf.  Anything dinosaur is a hit too!

 

If you view click through to view this on Instagram, you can see a second picture of some of her notebook pages. 

 

Work/Life Skills

  • Habit Training
    • Neatness in work, cleaning up after play, clearing table
  • Hand Work
    • Lacing cards, beginning sewing kits
    • Finger crochet (making chains)
    • Playdough and/or clay sculpture work
  • Cooking: Pouring, measuring, chopping

 

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So that's much of what we've been up to for Kindergarten so far this year.  There is still much by the way reading and discovery going on.  Our whole schedule is sort of by the way even though I have these plans as a goal.  We do not have set start and stop times or set days of the week for work even as it's turned out.  Our life right now just does not work that way.  We work about 3-4 days a week, and if I'm doing everything together we are finished in about an hour unless we add science experiments on to a "regular" day.   Usually those are done on their own day with maybe a little reading done too.  We rotate subjects and books within subjects in a typical CM schedule way (i.e. spread out the chapter books and longer picture books). 

I'm the slowest blogger in the world, I think.   My posts take me forever to write---even the short ones.  So this one was a doozy for me.   I'd really like to do a general post about how I plan in case it would be helpful to others (even if it's just helpful to my own girls one day).   And another post about what a "typical" Form 1B looks like in the available programmes online because I find it fascinating.  Hopefully sooner than not.  I'll just echo again---what I've done is not a typical year based on a PNEU programme at all. 

And if I were to sum up how I plan---it would be by basically following Simply Charlotte Mason's Planning Your Charlotte Mason Education.  I have the old version.  It's WONDERFUL.  I hadn't taken it out in years, but I've been enjoying go through it again recently.   There are many great free articles/blog posts on the site about planning too.  Sonya Shafer is a treasure!  She has always been a voice of encouragement in the CM community and she has a way of explaining things so practically that is very helpful.  She also focuses on helping people apply CM philosophy and methods to their individual situation, family and needs/goals.  The whole Simply Charlotte Mason team is fabulous!

And if I were going to suggest something I've listened to recently that has added much value to my inner thoughts about our individual home school and how I would like to proceed in plans and future years----it would be Karen Glass's Principles at the Helm seminar.  Even if I've read something similar, had a similar thought, or have even heard/read Karen say something similar somewhere else----I always enjoy listening to her and learning from her---and this was no exception.  Great food for thought and guidance---especially for those brand new to CM; but encouraging too for those not so new such as myself.

 

 

 

 

To those reading----I hope you and your family/students are having a wonderful year so far!


Read Around the World

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As a part of my daughter's kindergarten year we will be "reading around the world".  She loves maps and globes and learning about people, and I've been collecting books that are set in or about various parts of the world for years.  So we have an abundance!  I've narrowed it down to the following as part of our scheduled plans (it was hard!).   While I think these books are great for a target age range from 5 to 7 years old,  I think most of them could be used for any elementary age in various ways. (Bee Bim Bop is definitely for younger students, as an example of one you might leave off for older children.  And My Name is Gabriela:  The Life of Gabriela Mistral by Monica Brown is written in both English and Spanish and could be used with even older students, especially those learning Spanish.)  But overall, these could be read and enjoyed with many ages.

We will likely simply read and enjoy the books, find places on the map and such; because we will be reading in other "subjects" as well this year.  However, this study could definitely make for a full stand alone year/spine/springboard for lots of fun learning!  I imagine that I will try to tie in some art projects, types of music and cooking certain dishes as we go.  If/when I do that----I'll update this post and add more information and links I use.  

For now---here's the booklist we will focus on as we learn about different places and people.  I'll be posting our History Tales books for this year at some point soon too---and they are all picture book biographies.  So if you'd like even more ideas for books that you could use----stay tuned.  Most of the picture book biographies are based on Europeans or North Americans, but I'm excited about those choices too.

As always, PLEASE preview for suitability for your own family or classroom. 

Download all of the information below as a PDF. (Without the photos.)

Book List and Resources                       

Notes:  The books by April Sayres are non-fiction and they have large print text which could be read as is with the youngest children if so desired, and smaller text which adds more information. The Little Kids First Big Book of the World was selected for the amazing photography and to supplement with additional non-fiction content.  In this book each continent has a page with a map, the countries (where applicable) the weather, the people (where applicable), and the animals. There is also a “Let’s Go” page with each continent to suggest an activity or project.

Most books are in fictional/story form with some exceptions being:  A is for Africa, Colors of Australia, The Very First Americans, and Rain Forest Secrets which are more informational (non-fiction) text.  There are also several biographies included in the list.

 

I hope you will find books that you and your students or family enjoy on this list.  I’d love to hear if there are other favorites that you recommend!

  Maps

 

Introduction to Maps

            *As the Crow Flies:  A First Book of Maps by Gail Hartman

            *Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

For Use Throughout the Year (reference pictures, factual information, maps, etc.)

            *Little Kids First Big Book of the World by Elizabeth Carney

            *Maps by A. Mizielinska and D. Mizielinska

            *A Child’s Introduction to the World by H. Alexander

            *The Usborne Peoples of the World by G. Doherty and A. Claybourne

Optional Resources

            Globe, Map(s), Atlas

            Internet (for pictures, Google Earth, etc.)

            Music from around the world

            A Children’s World Cookbook

 

NABooks

North America

            *Welcome to North America! by April Sayre

            *The Very First Americans by Cara Ashrose  (Tribes of North America)

            *Arctic Son by Jean Craighead George (Alaska)

            *Hill of Fire by Thomas P. Lewis (Mexico)

            *Erandi’s Braids by Antonio Madrigal (Mexico)

            *The Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews (Canada)

            *How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA by Marjorie Priceman (USA)

            *Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (USA)

            *Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (USA)

 

SABooks

South America

            *South America, Surprise!  by April Sayre

            *Biblioburro:  A True Story from Columbia by Jeanette Winter (Columbia)

            *My Name is Gabriela:  The Life of Gabriela Mistral by Monica Brown (Columbia)

            *The Great Kapok Tree:  A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

            *Rain Forest Secrets by Arthur Dorros

            *Welcome to the Green House by Jane Yolen

EuropeBooks

Europe

            *Hello Europe! by April Sayre

            *The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Spain)

            *Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney (England)

            *Mirette on the High Wire by Emily McCully (France)

            *Starring Mirette and Bellini by Emily McCully

(Note:  The story takes place while Mirette and Bellini are on a European tour and Bellini is actually arrested.  A major part of the story focuses in/on, St. Petersburg, Russia.  St. Petersburg is considered European Russia, but Russia is geographically on the continent of Asia.  Source: https://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/eurlarge.htm )

            *Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (France)

            *Strega Nona:  Her Story as Told to Tomie dePaola by Tomie dePaola (Italy)

    *The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by A. and M. Provensen
           (France/England)

    *The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

AsiaBooks

 

Asia

*Greetings, Asia! By April Sayre

*The Empty Pot by Demi (China)

*Once a Mouse… by Marcia Brown (India)

*Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho (Thailand)

*Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel (China)

*Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park (Korea)

*How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman (Japan)

*A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsumo (Japan)

AfricaBooks

Africa

            *Good Morning, Africa! by April Sayre

            *A is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu

            *The Day of Ahmed’s Secret by Florence Heide and Judith Gilliland (Egypt)

            *Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema (Kenya)

            *Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier (Uganda)

            *Galimoto by Karen Williams (Malawi)

            *Emmanuel’s Dream:  The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie
                       Thompson (Ghana)

AustraliaBooks

Australia  (I'd love any recommendations for Australia especially!)

            *G’Day, Australia! by April Sayre

            *Colors of Australia by Lynn Olawsky

            *Over in Australia:  Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes

AntarcticaBooks

Antarctica 

            *Hooray for Antarctica! By April Sayre

Other Possibilities:  Books on penguins

 

Optional Reading: 
Tales from Around the World

(Please preview for your student(s).  I have not read every selection in this section to be able to add any notes/cautions.)

--The Eskimo Twins, The Dutch Twins, The Japanese Twins (and others in series) by
            Lucy Perkins

--Nursery Tales Around the World selected and retold by Judy Sierra

--Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta

--The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales retold by J. Arkhurst

Since I am developing this study for my child in the upcoming school year (2018-2019) I do not have any print resources to share.  Though we will likely just read, discuss, find places on maps and such---I am toying around with the idea of a continent collage as a tie in and a passport of sorts with book covers as “stamps” or country flag stickers.  

Helpful Online Resources:

Outline Maps:  https://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/ (I use this site for map drills with my
                          oldest)

Passport:  If I make one geared toward this study, I will update the PDF and announce it on my blog.  This pdf file may give you an idea of how to structure one for yourself.  http://www.startwithabook.org/content/pdfs/Passport.pdf

 

 

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And now for my standard Charlotte Mason/Kindergarten disclaimer:  CM did not suggest formal lessons for children before age 6.  This is just what we are doing in our family.  We will not begin narrations until next year. 


More For the First Day or Week

I was able to finish up revisions for one of my oldest's first day of school traditions---filling out a page of favorites/all about me type of pages (11 years and counting)! I also made some updates to intermediate pages that we use once we pass the Memory Book phase.

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Feel free to download them to use with your family/students if you would like to.

Primary-3 page "All About Me"  Download PDF

Upper Elementary-2 page "All About Me"  Download PDF

Older Students- 1 page "Fast Facts" black/white with Bible verse  Download PDF

Older Students- 1 page "Fast Facts" black/white without Bible verse  Download PDF

Older Students- 1 page "Fast Facts" Color (blue/pink/purple/green) with Bible verse  Download PDF

Older Students- 1 page "Fast Facts" Color (blue/pink/purple/green) without Bible verse  Download PDF

 


Memory Book for Younger Students

One of our back to school traditions is to complete a memory book or page of some sort.  In the first few years, we make a booklet and which is then shortened to a couple of pages and finally to one page as a to kick off the year.  (My high schooler still enjoys this tradition of recording favorites and taking a first day of school picture.)  

I finished making a revised copy of our booklet for the youngest who will start kindergarten this year.   

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The booklet includes:

  • a cover where a first day of school picture can go
  • a page to write (or dictate) favorite things (with space to write others)
  • a page to make a hand print and measure it 
  • a page to make a foot print and measure it
  • a page for the student to write his/her age and draw a picture of himself/herself (My first and third grade teachers had us draw pictures of ourselves for a class year book and it was so much fun to see how my drawing changed in those few short years!)
  • a page to glue an envelope and insert a string of how tall the student is---and record a measurement of the string
  • a page to paste other photographs from the first day or week of school (or family photos, etc.) (not pictured)

There is a place to write the date on each page because that's one of the skills I try to teach right away---how to copy the date from the white board independently.  We will complete a page or two a day in the first week.  In the first year or so, we use non-standard units of measurement for any measuring we do for the booklet----usually cubes----but you could pick any object that you have plenty of or go ahead and use a standard unit of measurement.

I print the pages on card stock for more durability, and I paint hands and feet with washable watercolor paint in whatever color my little one requests to make the prints.  If your child likes stickers or drawing,  embellishments to the pages could easily be added.  We have a great time looking back on these booklets at the end of the year and beyond!  (I plan to compile all the pages my oldest has made throughout K-12 for her at the end of her home school years.)

If you'd like to download some or all of the booklet to use with your children, please feel free to.  (I'll upload versions for older students soon.)

DOWNLOAD Beginning of the Year Memory Booklet (PDF)


Happy New Year (Of Sorts)!

Well, I just renewed the domain name for another year....I guess that means I should start writing more than a few times in the coming year!  So here's to it!

And here's to the start of the new school year for us, which is quickly approaching.  Ever since my oldest (who will be a high school junior this year) finished her kindergarten year, we've schooled year round.  She was so excited to be a "first grader" that she wanted to start almost as soon as we wrapped up kindergarten.  So we did.  It works out very well for us because it is so hot in the summer here, and we like to take off all of December (at least for the most part).  Schooling year round also affords us the ability to take spontaneous breaks when the weather is perfect for being outside.

After a  year or two of schooling for many weeks in a row, I noticed that more frequent breaks were helpful----for me, if not for both of us.  I started scheduling breaks about every six weeks so that I could catch up on chores and other things around the house and prepare for the next weeks of schooling.  Though I'd never heard of it when we started, it is currently a popular way that many homeschoolers schedule weeks on and off of school.

Here's a glimpse of the way I've planned for this year----though it will not turn out exactly this way, I'm sure.  It never does.  I schedule regular work for three terms---each split into two six week sessions.  We have a holiday "mini term" scheduled, which is a way for me to be intentional about planning for Advent and Christmas.  Of all our regular work, math might be carried into the holiday mini term sometimes, but mostly we enjoy purely seasonal activities together and enjoy the longer break.

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If you'd like to download a calendar that you can personalize, or see what I used to make our calendar, please head here---as I did a short write up from receiving questions on Instagram.

Over next few weeks I will be finalizing book choices, scheduling and prepping for the start of the new year.  I'll be back soon to share what we are planning to use.