I ended up writing a program of my own with a lot of help from The Three R's by Ruth Beechick. We'll be doing much of what you can read on my Writing page.
For reading, we'll keep going at his pace with easy readers. We're also going to use the Victory Drill Book, for practicing phonics, spelling, and word-building. Just for fun, I'm getting DICEcapades Word Pirates for game days. I am a believer in practicing skills with games rather than flash cards. It's more fitting for young children and doesn't zap the life out of school.
We did Right Start Math, Level A last year and loved it, so this year we'll be doing level B. It is a very hands-on math program with learning strategies that make SENSE, and make learning fun (or as fun as Math can possibly be!). (Read more about it in my Right Start review!) I can tell that my son is getting a great foundation as we work through this program together. I just hope I can keep up w/ the one-on-one time it requires, with a new baby in the house! (That's one thing that would make a regular "go sit down and do your math workbook all by yourself" program handy. But as long as I can swing it, we'll stick with Right Start.)
Social Studies (Bible, History, Geography)
I'd like to teach the little guy some constellations when we have clear nights. For that we'll reference a book we already own and love... The Stars: A New Way to See Them, by H.A. Rey. If you or your children are interested in learning to find the constellations, this is THE BEST book to use. I promise.
Since science is only scheduled two days per week, I'd like to also read a couple books the Simply Charlotte Mason book list of Living Science Books for young children. We've already started our first one and are enjoying it.
We're reading aloud classic children's literature together. I'm using the recommendations from Simply Charlotte Mason, Book Group 1 for Younger Students. Here are our books for the year:
We're using I Can Do All Things, by Barry Stebbing which is a beginning book of drawing and painting. Depending how much we do it this year, we may continue using it slowly next year as well.
Remember the co-op I mentioned before? I'm teaching the history portion, a friend is teaching the science portion, and another friend is teaching a character building class. We're using the book recommendations from Simply Charlotte Mason, which are:
A day or so a week we'll be doing an Enrichment class. Our first trimester will be poetry (reading "A Child's Garden of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson, our second trimester will be a music study about Beethoven and the last trimester will be a Van Gogh picture study (using this picture portfolio from Simply Charlotte Mason).
Our Daily PlanWe don't do every subject every day; several of them rotate. Here's our approximate daily plan:
- Social Studies (Bible/History/Geography)
- Science, Literature, Art, OR Enrichment
Well, that's my plan for the year, what's yours?