Friday, May 18, 2012

Curriculum 2012

NOTE:  This original list was almost doable, until I got pregnant and suffered severed morning sickness, we moved, I had to travel for appointments and then the baby was born.  We reduced our Kindergarten year to the basics

Singapore Math:  Kindergarten Essentials Book B, followed by Math U See Alpha
Language Arts:  Primary Arts of Language, Handwriting Without Tears
Literature:  various books 
Art:  Artistic Pursuits
Nature Study

Tag-along with brother in poetry, literature, nature study and occasional art
puzzles, learning toys
living math as age appropriate

Elliott - Kindergarten - Year 0.5
I know this looks ambitious.  It is almost overwhelming for me to see it in writing, but I have to remember that a Charlotte Mason education is both rich and rigorous.  It looks like a lot of subjects, but again, I remind myself that we are not doing every subject every day, nor will we be using all of the supplies at one time.  Anyway, this is my attempt at a Year 0.5 for our Kindergarten year.  I will update as necessary.

Fall Semester:  Art, Science, Latin and Five in a Row

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.

Singapore Math
Life of Fred by Stanley Schmidt
Family Math for Young Children and Family Math by Jean Kerr Stenmark
Living Math  Fantastic resource for math readers and games!

Dynamic Phonics Learning Book by Brian Davis
Various early readers/primers

Language Arts
Oral Narration will assess comprehension and help develop speaking skills
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris
Treasury of Stories from Around the World compiled by Linda Jennings
Various living books

Something Big Has Been Here by Jack Prelutsky
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children compiled by Jack Prelutsky

Although we will use living books to explore different topics (which I'll try to post about as we cover them), Nature Study will still be our primary focus.  I'll discuss it later, as it is a family activity.  We also have a few science magazines we enjoy.
Big Backyard by National Wildlife Federation
National Geographic Kids by National Geographic

Stories Of Great Americans For Little Americans by Edward Eggleston
Little Hands Celebrate America! by Jill Frankel Hauser
Living Books to cover holidays, culture, geography, etc

Artistic Expression
Storybook Artist Curriculum by Jill @ EHM (art based around children's literature)
Artist to Artist by Eric Carle (the spine of Jill's free curriculum)
Sketching and Drawing for Children by Genevieve Vaughn-Jackson
Various art supplies are available upon request

The museum also offers free weekly children's art classes.  I have recently found out that one hour is art, but the second hour is led by instructors from the local performing arts center, so I am intrigued to at least try this out.

Art Appreciation
Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with Children by Gladys S. Blizzard
Linnea in Monet's Garden by Cristina Bjrok

At this age we are only working on exposure, not mastery.
Kids Learn Spanish Twin Sisters Productions
Salsa by Georgia Public Broadcasting
My Very Own Big Spanish Dictionary/ Mi gran diccionario de espanol
Teach Them Spanish! Grade K by Winnie Waltzer-Hackett (the lessons include several read-aloud books)

The Curious Boy's Book of Adventure by Sam Martin
Kid's Workshop at Home Depot (We haven't tried these yet, but I believe he will like them; the Lowe's program would be an alternative option)

Emory - Preschool - Year 0
We certainly will not be doing lessons at 3 years old, but he does enjoy tagging along during many of big brother's activities.  We will be following the guidelines in Ambleside Year 0 by keeping it light and very informal, but  he will have a few special "school" books that are his own.

Art, TDB and Pre-K

The Preschool Calendar by Sherrill B. Flora
My Book Set of 4 (Shapes, Words, Numbers, Colors) Southwestern Company
These are NOT workbooks.  They are just colorful books that explore various topics with questions for parents to ask, or activities to suggest like "Can you trace the curved line with your finger?"

The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright (free online)
A Classic Treasury of Nursery Songs & Rhymes with CD, illustrated by Tracey Moroney

I Spy Colors in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Various art supplies are available upon request

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?

He also has shoe box totes with various manipulatives and learning toys to explore.

Family Activities

Egermeier's Bible Story Book by Elsie E. Egermeier
Character/Habit Training
The Children's Book of Virtues edited by William J. Bennett
A Child's Book of Character Building by Ron and Rebekah Coriell
God's Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim and Elizabeth George
A Little Boy After God's Own Heart by Jim and Elizabeth George

Bernstein Favorites: Children's Classics
Not sure what will follow, but we also listen to various genres, just using Pandora.

Primer of Industry by Austin Craig
This is not a typical reading primer.  It was published in the early 1900s and is a very hands-on approach to teaching language and early math skills.  This is right up our alley.  I included it under Handicrafts because it works up to activities like sewing and weaving.  I happened to come across a temporary free download, but it is also free on Google Books here.

Nature Study
This is a major part of a Charlotte Mason education, because it helps children develop their observation skills and a sense of the world where they belong.  However, it is also undoubtedly my weakest area.  In What is Preschool Science? I discussed how we approached Nature Study over the last year, and we will probably do it much the same way this year, although I will try to make it more intentional.

Physical Education
I don't have a "plan" for PE, but the boys spend a great deal of time outside running, jumping on the trampoline, taking nature walks and playing with basic equipment like kickballs and jump ropes.  We are also looking into organized sports again for this fall.

My goal is to expose the children to great literature and these are my go-to lists when I need suggestions.  Obviously each family will need to use their discretion for what is right for their own family.
Ambleside Online Year 0
The Advisory Favorites have more suggestions for this age group.
Simply Charlotte Mason Early Years Read-Alouds
Five in a Row Book List
Sonlight Read Alouds
Twaddle Free Literature by Grade Level
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
Librivox  This is not an actual list, but is a great resource for free audio versions of books in the public domain.  I use it more for short stories, fairy tales, folk tales and poetry, because shorter works are good for long car rides.


  1. Ooh I didn't know Jim and Elizabeth George wrote books for little boys. I love their books. Off to Amazon...

    1. My boys received these books for Easter, and each section is short enough that we can still read a picture book afterwards before bed. They enjoy them!

  2. I hope your family enjoys using my Storybook Artists curriculum this coming school year!

    1. I think we will. We took a little break over the last several weeks, but we're getting ready to pick back up and start Kindergarten. Thank you again for offering it for free!

  3. So many great resources! I'm going to take a closer look. I'm exploring Charlotte Mason and I like her ideas. Are you familiar with My Father's World kindergarten curriculum? I haven't used it (yet). It supposedly blends CM with unit studies and draws from classical style as well. I recognize some of the books on your list from some of their grades.

    Just wanted to mention MFW in case you hadn't already checked 'em out.

    1. I looked at MFW for a very long time, but ultimately I decided I didn't want a detailed teacher's manual. I know that sounds like the opposite of most beginning homeschoolers, but I'm NOT a detailed, check-the-box person, and I feel stifled when I look through lesson plan samples. I like Ambleside Online because it gives a weekly schedule, but I can decide which day and order I want to do each activity. Of course, that's just me. Most people like more structure than I do! :-)

  4. Ok - looking through your plan is inspiring me to get busy with my son's plan for next year! He was going to school at a private Christian School, but is coming back home to be home schooled again! 11th grade - I am so excited! Blessings to you!