Monday, August 05, 2013

We're Back to School

Goodbye wonderful Summer!
Hello School Year!

Free Back to School printables including the ones we used are found here.

Last year we did grade 1 kit from Christian Liberty Press and were happy with it. The science and history were our favorite subjects. The kit comes with everything including teacher material and tests. It was very affordable. 

We had already started working through the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons so we continued through that book. It lays a good foundation and isn't too overwhelming for the student and is great for a first time teacher since it even tells the teacher what to say right there in the book alongside what the student is to read. It does get a little boring after a while but it was a good start.

We would have continued with Christian Liberty Press this year too but a friend generously gave us her used set of Sonlight  curriculum so we are using Sonlight this year. I'm really excited about it because we already love to read together and Sonlight is literature based so there will be a lot of reading of classics and other good books. And Ethan will enjoy listening to some of the books along with Elijah so hopefully it will help to keep Ethan entertained during school time.

Over the summer the boys started using ABCmouse.com and they're loving it. I'll let Ethan do that sometimes while i'm working with Elijah. We don't have a official curriculum for Ethan but i don't feel like we need to. I've even seen some fun little workbooks for PreK at WalMart that I may pick up.


Mrs.Rabe said...

You're right that you don't need a curriculum for preschool. Just include him in what your doing with Elijah, without worrying about him doing the grade level work. You'll be surprised at how much he picks up and learns! He'll be way ahead of Elijah at his age, because he gets to listen to big brother learning!

Also let them both do hands on stuff while you are reading to them. It helps kids to engage their brains - especially busy boys. Sometimes it will seem like they are not listening but they are!

Oh and also, feel free to pick and choose what you use out of your curriculum. Just because it may say "Have child write a report" doesn't mean you have to have your child do that. You can decide what and how much you want to do of that kind of thing because YOU are the teacher. Also feel free to chase rabbit trails in their learning to take advantage of their interests!

Have a great year!

Aunt Deanna

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

Sounds like you're off to a great start! Love the printables!