Brody is thrilled to be starting kindergarten, and at just fourteen months behind him, Hallee is officially a pre-k-er this year! After watching Brody and Hallee interact, observe and participate in the homeschooling we've done to this point, I've decided to begin teaching both of them the same material this year.
I'm primarily focusing on reading, writing, and math with them (I've heard this referred to as "reading, writing, & 'rithmetic, which is kind of cute), for their specialized kindergarten work.
For reading lessons/phonics, we are using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading (and Bob books eventually); for handwriting we are using Letters and Numbers for Me, by Handwriting Without Tears, and for math we are starting with Math-u-See Primer. It's pretty basic, but I like that they enjoy it and are breezing through it. I'm hoping that make math seem super fun for them and not a burden.
The fun thing about having an older student in the family is that B & H get exposed to a lot of what Gigi is learning. So even though I'm not "requiring" in-depth history work for them (Susan Wise Bauer recommends starting Story of the World in first grade), they are learning right along side us and joining in with lessons activities whenever they can. They love getting their own copy of the mapwork and trying to follow along for example.
On regular homeschool days, they are also taking part in a lot of what Gigi does-- in memory work and other morning time activities, enjoying our family read-alouds, games, and also learning some Spanish and a bit of Latin (but that one I'm gearing towards Gigi primarily).
At our charter school's learning center Brody has language arts and a bit of math enrichment, drama, chess, Spanish and health/wellness (basically a P.E. class).
Hallee gets the special blessing of having her own little "school day" outside of the home, too -- a dear friend of ours who used to be a preschool teacher and has a daughter the same age as Hallee decided to invite a few friends to join them for a little preschool morning on an almost-weekly basis. Hallee had her first class last week and loved it!
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