Cammie will be doing school for the first time this year. She has sat in the school room with us her whole life. Her “school” before has been playing with play dough or manipulatives, coloring pictures, helping us with projects and experiments, and of course going on field trips with us. This is the first year she will have curriculum and lessons. She is really excited. We will keep it short and simple. She will probably just be in the room for an hour or less. If she wants to be with us longer, there is a big crate full of picture books for her to look at. She also will continue to play games and be involved in as much as she possibly can. She likes to be right in the middle watching and copying what her big sisters are doing.
Here is the curriculum choices we will be using with her:
Pre-K (Cammie – 4yrs old)
I used this curriculum with Breeley and liked it. I had already purchased that kit with all the teacher’s books, resources, and CDs, so all I needed to order was the 2 student workbooks. There is a lot of coloring and activities in this curriculum, which I like. When they are 3-4 I really do think that play is the best thing for them to learn. So coloring, crafts, and things that help with fine motor skills are really what we focus on. There is also a lot of music with this curriculum. Playing more music while we are in the school room is a goal of mine. This is a great way to get some listening and movement in as well as making it fun.
Note on Abeka: I honestly have gone back and forth about Abeka and use to down talk it. Then I realized that it honestly is such a great foundation for students. We actually use a lot of it. I have called it dated (which it can be), but it also is teaching timeless methods. Sometimes you don’t have to be fancy and fix something that is working and tried and true. I would probably not use just Abeka, but I do think it is a great base curriculum.
This is our first time using Abeka at this level. Looking through the books I think it is going to be great. I like the books that she eventually will be reading, but I am not going to stress if she isn’t reading at 4 years old! It is considered a Kindergarten curriculum, but for Cammie I really just want her to be doing school every day. She will still be doing K5 next year. This is just all an introduction and starting to get her confident and ready for Kindergarten next year.
We have used this curriculum for awhile, but again, I have not used the preschool level before. They are expensive, but I really like the story cards. My girls hear Bible Stories a lot but this year I think I am going to use these as a devotional to start our morning. There are 3 cards a lesson so we will take turns reading the cards. They are labeled for example lesson 4a, 4b, 4c. So I am going to have Alyse read the A cards, Breeley the B cards, and then I will read the C cards for Cammie. Then she will do the workbook page (which is a lot of coloring, cutting and pasting.) It is 20 lessons of Old Testament and 20 of New Testament. We are going to do Old Testament Aug-Dec and New Testament after Christmas Jan-May.
I really like this book for weekly themes to cover. Apples, pumpkins, holidays, community helps, the zoo… There are lots of activities, crafts, songs, and ideas to use. I like using it to get some creative ideas to celebrate and learn about lots of different topics.
We really like Fun School Journals. They are a great supplement that we use. They are perfect when the girls are done working on something and are waiting for me to help them. They also like to take them to my parents house, in the car, when we are waiting on someone at a class or doctor’s appointment. Alyse and Breeley have a number of them, so I got Cammie these. She will be doing 2 pages a week in each of them.
We use a lot of flip charts. These are some basic ones for calendar time, ABC songs, and Nursery Rhymes. They all come with a CD so again it is a fun way to add in music and memory. They are also easy to write on with a dry erase marker, so we can circle the letter of the day, or find rhyming words, or write sight words that go along with our calendar time.
I will also be using some units from Moffat Girls and other fun things I find on Pinterst, I am sure.
Cammie really loves to just be involved. My goal for this year is simply that she will know her ABCs, numbers, and that she will have lots of fun.
(All Curriculum is linked.)