Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Kindergarten in Review

This year was my third round through Kindergarten! My plan is always to keep it light and informal, and to follow their lead, while slowly introducing academics in an appropriate way.  Eleanor is precocious and enjoys "school," so anything we've done has been at her insistence.

She has used Essential Math Skills for Kindergarten from Mathseeds.  (Review)  We let the online subscription expire--it was okay--but she really enjoyed the workbook. It's colorful and the activities varied, and she asked to do it frequently.

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Language Arts
We are using and loving Logic of English Foundations!  We've taken it slow, just because she was only in Kindergarten and I was spending a lot of time ping-ponging between the boys.  She does like it though, because it has the workbook that makes her feel like she's doing big-kid school (while still being very age-appropriate with minimal writing), and it is full of the hands-on activities that she enjoys.  I like it because it has just enough guidance for me as the parent, it is not twaddly, and the lessons can be CM-friendly!

The plan is to really get back into it the week the boys go to camp, work through the summer while I'm not as focused on them, and then just work as far as needed until she's reading fluently and confidently.  (Emory only did Levels A and B before his reading exploded, so we'll see how it goes from there.)

Literature/Five in a Row
Essentially, we spent most of the year just reading quality literature.  As she wanted her own notebook and to do more like her brothers, around the time she turned six, we started doing the occasional "row" from Five in a Row.  I found this a good solution because I already own and love the curriculum, and it's just enough for an eager child to see the fruit of their work without being overwhelming for either of us. She could do drawings and paste things into a simple sketchbook, and she has enjoyed that!

Here are a few of the books we've read and enjoyed this year.  If I blogged a row or related activity, I've included a link to that as well.

The Giraffe that Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton   (Literature Fair)
Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack and Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor  (Combined row)
Henry Explores the Jungle by Mark Taylor
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley  (row)
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (row)
Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour (row)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Tom Thumb retold by Richard Jesse Watson
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
The Gingerbread Man by Gail Yerrill
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Beatrix Potter stories
Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales

All The Other Stuff

Master Kits The Starry Night (review)

She's helped raise chickens, a potbellied pig, and caterpillars into butterflies.  She loves arts and crafts, keeping a nature journal, and using Draw Write Now.

She has been active in our church, including Sunday School, Junior Church, Junior Choir, AWANA, the Christmas play, and related activities.


Apparently she loves to race!

She had a great year at co-op as well!  She was "Kindergarten" where they did a Letter of the Week theme through the year.  They had show-and-tell, crafts, activities and snacks all centered around the letter(s) of the week.  She also had Gym, which she liked a lot better this year than last!  They did a Kindergarten graduation ceremony, which was just too sweet!

Final Thoughts
For Kindergarten, I think this has been a successful "unofficial" year.  She's spent a lot of time outdoors and in nature, she's made progress in math and phonics, and she's really grown in her confidence in regards to her outside classes.  All the other stuff is just icing on the cake!

Oh, and without a doubt, her favorite "field trip" has been Great Wolf Lodge!

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