Alex is in Kindergarten! We have been doing stuff on and off all summer, but started a more structured schedule of the end of August. It is going alright. The kids still want to play outside a lot, so I am hoping the cooler weather that is on the way will help everyone settle into a good routine. I need to figure out what to do with girls when I am working with Alex so they aren't climbing all over me. Telling them to "go play" doesn't work, and they return after 5 minutes and want my attention. I am hoping that participating in a busy bag exchange in a few weeks will give me lots of fun new things for them to do!
We are trying to do a full schedule 3 mornings a week. Co-op is on Tuesdays, and Fridays will just be a few subjects, religion and reading, and maybe some fun stuff, like science or art. I also want to try to make it to Mass or Adoration on Fridays.
Here is our plan for the year:
Religion: We are following the Mother of Divine Grace suggestion, plus some extra stuff. We read a Bible story, and then he does a short narration and I write it down. He then illustrates the story. He will have his own little Bible at the end of the year! We are doing a virtue program called Virtues in Practice, and trying to live liturgically by celebrating all the important feast days.
Reading: We are a little more than half way through "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons". Not sure what we will do after this, but there are lots of options I am looking into.
Writing: Various activities to help with penmanship. I am considering starting cursive halfway through the year.
Math: Alex is finishing up a computer program called Funnix. We are also practicing telling time, using money and using various manipulatives to practice addition and subtraction.
Memory Work: Classically Catholic Memory (in co-op and practice at home). This program will also be the base of our History and Geography.
Science: I am going to try and do nature study with the kids, since botany is the focus in co-op for the first semester.
Art: I still have to purchase "Child-size masterpieces" for art appreciation, if I decide to use that program. He has art at co-op, and we will be working on drawing and painting at home.
Music: We will be learning a list of hymns that MODG recommends, and using the song lists from "Making Music, Praying Twice", He will also have music class 2nd semester at co-op.
I am also trying to keep logs of what we do so I can use the stuff that works in a couple years for Mary. Hoping for a fun, fruitful year!