We're starting school tomorrow, so I thought I'd go ahead and share what we will be studying this year. Later this week, I'll post pictures of our school room.
Sadie is three and a half and wants to "do cool, too". I didn't do any preschool with Sam, but this year it makes sense to do it with Sadie. I bought a few preschool workbooks for her which focus on the basics- learning the alphabet (she only knows a couple letters), colors (she knows these), shapes (she's got circle down pat), etc. Then, I totally lucked out and won a giveaway over at BOOKS and BAIRNS. Thank you, Mary Grace! The giveaway was for three months of Itty Bitty Bookworm, a sweet, sweet literature-based curriculum for preschoolers. When it came in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was an entire year's worth! I know Sadie will love it.
Sam is six and a half years old and is doing second grade this year. He's a little young for second because we started kindergarten early- he was already reading chapter books at four and a half (Don't look at me. He was ready and The Ordinary Teacher's Guide to Teaching Reading was a perfect match for him). We are continuing with My Father's World. This year is called Adventures in My Father's World and focuses on early American history and geography. We will also be doing the Bible and handwriting portions of MFW, too.
For Sam's math, we are continuing with Saxon Math, 2nd grade. For spelling, Spelling Workout B. For language/grammar, First Language Lessons. For science, we are starting the series Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. I printed out the notebook pages from their website, too. It looks really good and we are all excited about science.
For art, we are doing artist studies from the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series. I had them ordered when I read Kate's post about them over at Small Scribbles.
We're aiming for a four-day school week and I am going to try to start school by 9 am (That is, if we have Miriam's blessing). Two out of the four days a week, we will have some afternoon studies, the other two days, I am hoping to be done by lunch.
Off we go!
In the spirit of back-to-school, here is a little quiz. Who can tell me what kind of flower this is? No prize, just some brain exercise for your Monday morning:-).
The ANSWER: Those of you who guessed Morning Glory were on the right track, as it's a relative of this flower- a sweet potato blossom! They both belong to the Convolvulaceae family.
No matter what form school takes on at your house, I hope you and your family have a wonderful, wonderful school year.