Home Schooling

Here you’ll find the curriculum we’ve used.

Kindergarden
We are basically using the guidelines from Ambleside Online which is another free resource.

One of the main things we are doing is Nature Study for which I purchased The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock along with the yearly subscription from Handbook of Nature Study Outdoor Hour Challenge by Barbara McCoy. While the actual book by Anna Comstock is a complete resource, I like the added benefits of Barbara McCoy’s subscription service.

We are reading from Treasury of Virtue, Old-Time Fairy Tales, A Child’s Book of Poems, Aesop’s Fables, The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter, and Fairy Tales and Fables. From the readings we also do copywork and retelling / questions and answers from what we’ve read.

Our math is incorporated into our everyday living – while cooking, playing, cleaning, driving, whenever! We count everything, add things, subtract things, and are attempting to understand fractions thru cooking and baking.

We also focus a lot on “life skills” instead of typical kiddie crafts. Right now we are bouncing between hand embroidery, hand sewing, using the sewing machine, making a quilt, cooking, baking, crocheting and vegetable gardening. I try to make them fun and incorporate them with other things. For example, we’re working on a bunting right now for fall. During our Nature Study we collected various leaves (which we also incorporated math), made painted leaf transfers onto fabric (which we also learned about color mixing and math while practicing our fine motor skills), and are going to be sewing them onto the background fabric and stringing them up (some more math along with life skills and fine motor skills).

 

Preschool
Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool which is free but we purchased the workbook for less than $10.
ABC Mouse – we love this app!