For the past week, it has been like Christmas at our home. At least, you would think so from the excitement that Little Miss has shown. We ended up placing the orders with Heart of Dakota and Keepers of the Faith as planned. Both gave fast service, though HOD did arrive first. I realised as I looked over the curriculum that as of this year, we will only need to purchase the consumable materials for Pookie as he becomes ready for each level of advancement. Little Miss will get new materials each year, as she is older. We will be able to store the course materials for each year until Pookie is ready to advance to each level. This will make it really easy in the future. I plan to buy the consumables for reading & grammar that Pookie will need ahead of time. Math will be bought just before he is ready for it. At this point, his math is still taught completely hands-on so I have no idea what he will be doing 2 years from now.
With each delivery, Little Miss became excited. It doesn’t help that Momma has discovered the joys of buying everything online. LOL Whenever the delivery van arrives, she is very animated. Pookie looks on with his usual nonplussed expression, but was curious about his readers. He loves books, so was looking at the covers with great interest.
One of the purchases that I had made was books 3 & 4 in the McGuffey’s Reading (Phonics) and Writing (Grammar) workbook series for 1st grade. It turned out to be the perfect starting point for Little Miss’ studies. She will be using the McGuffey Curriculum in reading and writing each year from now through 8th grade. I wanted her to have a strong foundation in the program so am starting 2nd semester books to finish out 1st grade.
I am very impressed with this McGuffey curriculum. As one would expect, it is based upon the McGuffey readers. Little Miss loves it and she is doing very well with it. The lessons start of gradually, yet build upon each other at a steady pace. She reads lessons from the McGuffey Primer & Pictorial Primer as a part of the reading & writing lessons. Some of the words right now are more review than anything, but it is solidifying the foundations. She reads level 1 & 2 books on her own each day also.
As I looked through the materials, I see where I will have to take it much slower with Pookie when he is ready to use them. It is very adaptable though. I may end up writing a portion of the lesson out on paper for him if the full lesson is too much for him to do at a time.
After calling Keepers of the Faith to let them know the curriculum arrived & thanks for the great service, I spoke to them about Pookie. They gave me some sound ideas on how to take his hands-on lessons to the next level. I will share those when we begin implementing them. In the process, I found out about their penmanship curriculum. I ended up ordering that for Pookie also. It amazes me that I am actually buying Kindergarten materials for him. It has to be taken slowly, but I truly believe that he will be ready for it. He is showing that he is able to catch on to some things rather quickly. The biggest obstacle being his level of ability to express what he knows. By and by, he is getting there though.
Now comes the work for me to get everything organized and purchase all the extras. (Can we say Amazon shopping time? LOL) Little Miss will be doing a lot more notebooking for her school work next term. I decided to buy her a separate binder for each subject. At the end of the school year, I will transfer all the notebooking pages into 1 larger binder. This will provide a record of her work if it should ever be needed. There is also a year’s supply of paper, pencils, and other basic school supplies that I will be buying ahead of time. The goal is that by late August, all school related supplies will have been purchased for both children. I already have most of the supplies. It feels so good to be ahead of the game with this.
I am going to make new workbox tags for each child. The tags will be better paired with the subjects that they will be doing. I am also getting the lesson planner book printed and bound this week. I realize that HOD curriculum has it’s lesson planner already, but I am wanting to combine the HOD lesson plans with the Reading and Writing curriculum from Keepers of the Faith.
Another thing that I am doing differently this next term is having both kids’ lessons planned out on the same page. On one page is a grid for lessons worked independently for both children. On the back is a grid for all the subjects worked on together. Of all the adaptations that I am making for next term, this one will be the most helpful to me.
Next term, the workboxes will be much easier to implement. Little Miss will have either a workbook or a notebooking page to do for each subject. That will be easy to organize in her work files. The completed notebook page will be added to the binders after she completes the page.
Pookie’s workboxes will be equally as easy to use. He will have a little more writing to do. I plan to continue doing a lot of hands-on lessons with him as well. The way his lessons are set up, he will have enough workbox activities to allow him to become more accustomed to the workbox system.