So far, I have primarily been focusing on Year 0. It is not really a year of curriculum, but rather a guide for the first 6 years before formal schooling begins. It works very well for the preschool years. We focused on quality children's picture books, nature study, music, poetry, forming good habits, and informal learning through puzzles and games. It is such a gentle introduction into education and I am so glad I found it in the beginning.
impromptu nature study with dad
After doing about a year of Year 0, Iron Man was ready for a little "more" during his Kindergarten year. I have referred to this as Year 0.5 before, which is an unofficial year, sort of a bridge into formal learning. We added a reading and math curriculum. To enhance his nature studies he started a nature journal. We've dabbled in a little Art and Spanish. We had the occasional history study through holidays. It has been a year of transition for us - formal schooling, moving and adding a sibling - but we're plugging along, and gearing up for next year.
drawing the Mayflower
Next school year, however, he will be almost 7 years old. We will be required to notify, and I'll be using Year 1 as our primary curriculum. We will have an actual schedule, but I love that it is flexible. It is more of an outline than a checklist, which suits my needs perfectly. There are weekly history, geography, science, and literature readings, but I choose when we do them. Bible, poetry, math, copywork, and reading instruction are added daily by me. Then our goal is to have music, art, nature study and handicrafts weekly. I also want to be more consistent with Spanish. In no way am I ready to have a first grader, but at the same time I am excited to offer him a rigorous education and I really hope to instill a love of learning in him.
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