Our Curriculum: 2015 – 2016

Dear Homeschooler,

Have you made your curriculum choices for the upcoming 2015 – 2016 school year? I am waiting on one more box of readers (We accidentally got the wrong readers for our Literacy curriculum). There are so many choices out there, and the beauty of homeschooling is each one of us can pick what works best for our students. Here is what we are going to do this year:

ZooKid: Grade 1

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Literacy

Math

  • Singapore Math, 2A and 2B
  • Singapore Intensive Practice, 2A and 2B
  • Supplemental math games, including Zoologic, Robbin’ Eggs!, etc.

Science

History and Geography

Extra Curricular

  • Art: Ed Emberley Drawing books, crafts, Come Look With Me: Art in Early America, Disney Looking At Paintings.
  • PE: peplus.com, swimming lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Library classes
  • Museum Memberships: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, Morrison Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Ridge
  • SQUILT: Baroque Era
  • Interest-led projects

Princess Super Kitty: Pre-K

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Literacy

  • All About Reading, Pre-Reading Program
  • Hot Dots, Jr: Learning on the Go, Phonics
  • Confession of a Homeschooler: Letter of the Week
  • Read-Alouds, leveled readers, Alphabet and word puzzles, etc.

Math

  • Confession of a Homeschooler: Letter of the Week
  • Logic Games, including Three Little Piggies, Castle Logix, 
  • Hot Dots, Jr: Learning on the Go, Shapes and Patterns
  • Pattern blocks and other math games

Science, History, and Geography

  • Animal Science Books, Animal Coloring Book, project book
  • Join in on ZooKid’s science, when appropriate
  • Join in on ZooKid’s History and Geography, when appropriate
  • Builder Buckets: Legos, building straws, Zoobs, blocks, tinker toys, etc.

Extra Curricular

  • Art: Ed Emberley Drawing books, crafts
  • PE: peplus.com, swimming lessons
  • Dance lessons
  • Library classes
  • Museum Memberships: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, Morrison Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Ridge
  • SQUILT: Baroque Era
  • Interest-led projects

 

I like using multiple methodologies (classic AND living science) and incorporating interest-based subjects (Lego robotics, Zoology). We switched our reading curriculum this year, and so to ensure ZooKid has a strong foundation, we are doing both All About Spelling 1 and 2, although much may be review. 

Have you chosen your curriculum for the upcoming academic year 2015-2016? I’d love to hear your choices.

Till Next Time,

Jennifer

 

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