We’re halfway through the school year, so maybe a post about what curriculum we are using is a bit overdue! I’m going to start with the easiest one…preschool! Ladybug is four this year.
Preschool: For the first time I’m using an actual preschool curriculum! Ladybug loves fingerplays, songs, and crafts. I knew she’d love having something just for her, so I am using Heart of Dakota’s Little Hands to Heaven with her. She’s 4.5, and parts of LHTH are just right for her while other parts are a bit on the easy side. I’d like to do a more thorough review, so I’ll share more information in a future post. I don’t think you need a set curriculum like this for all four year olds. It’s something she enjoys and I needed something ready to go or it wouldn’t get done. It has a set of activities laid out for each day. We don’t do them all everyday, we make it work for us. I add some letter activities to LHTH because she likes them. Letter searches, letter mazes, a letter notebook, etc.
Handwriting: For handwriting she’s working through the My First School book from Handwriting Without Tears. She’s already completed this book once but I decided to have her go through it again before starting the Kindergarten (Prep) level book next year. She also practices on the Handwriting Without Tears app and the Letter School app.
Science: We’re slowly making our way through Introduction to Science from Elemental Science. This is something I already had, I used a bit of it with Skeeterbug when he was younger. It’s just right for her. Jitterbug likes to join in even though the activities are aimed at a preschool to kindergarten age. We aren’t doing the nature study portion, I’ll be using an Australian nature study book for that with all the kids later this year.
Read-Alouds: I’m reading and re-reading the Sonlight preschool and pre-kindergarten cores with Ladybug. We’re not following their schedule, and these aren’t the only books we read. Having this list just gives me a goal to work toward.
Math: I’m not doing any formal math with Ladybug right now. I’ll start RightStart A with her at some point, but for now we don’t follow any sort of curriculum. This really isn’t as much as it looks like. Ladybug spends most of her day playing, as she should at age four! I’ll be back soon with more curriculum updates!
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