I am working on catching up with my Preschool/Sonlight curriculum series.
Here is a breakdown of what we are using this year for the lady; she was 4 in September. We ended up starting in the summer before baby Ila was born, and are still trucking through. This is Sonlight P4/5 materials with some supplements in Math, Bible, and Language Arts (we are not using SL LA because she is too far passed it developmentally, but not ready for the next level up). My 2 year old son joins us for all the read alouds, and then he colors/plays while we school.
Preschool Choices Part III
- 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible– Sonlight
- The Beginner’s Bible (the original out of print version, read 2 stories each night)
- Memory verses from Sonlight
- Character lessons (really discussions) using different online resources, based on Sonlight memory verses; I am also incorporating our We Choose Virtues cards.
Reading/Language Arts and Readiness Skills
- All About Reading
- Developing the Early Learner Books 1-4
- Singapore Math early bird
- Saxon Math K (we will go at whatever pace she needs, doing a lesson or two a day) *edit* we are probably going to save this for 2015/2016 school year)
- A Treasury of Mother Goose
- The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book
- Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book
- Usborne Stories from Around the World
- The Children’s Book of Virtues
- Eric Carle’s Animals Animals
- A Child’s Book of Art
- American Tall Tales audio CD
- The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit
- The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook
- The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
- The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature (Dover Children’s Science Books)
- Ox-Cart Man
- What’s Under the Sea
- Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
- How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
- What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?
- Why Do Tigers Have Stripes? (Usborne Starting Point Science)
- How Do You Lift a Lion?
World Cultures/History and Geography
In addition to each of these books, we will expand on topics as the kids are interested. We just began a new science book, “What’s Under the Sea,” and they LOVE it. So we have been watching some youtube clips of octopi, coral reefs, whales/dolphins, and sunken ships. We go at our own pace. =)
I know, it looks like a lot for a barely 4 year old and a 2 year old. Keep in mind this is spanned out over 36+ weeks. And I am under no illusion that we will complete every single thing, or that what we do complete will be on “schedule.” This is they first year I am not piecing a bunch of different things together, printing everything, and that I won’t be making our schedule myself *yay*
Our days are filled with lots of fun- playing outside, dancing, music, playing pretend, singing songs, building forts, etc. We are just adding more great books, and conversations to our days! Fun!
Our learning routine looks like this:
- 4yo, 2yo, and I snuggle into the big chair to read SL books together
- memory verse
- AAR, sight word ring (10-30 mins)
- Developing Early Learner pages (she loves these)
- Handwriting Without Tears pages (this program has built her confidence drastically in writing and coloring!)
- Math pages, math concepts with manipulatives
I alternate the days we do math and HWT, so Lexie isn’t sitting for long periods of time.
Even if you don’t choose to go with Sonlight, keep in mind they are known for their great book lists- and you can get most of them on Amazon or in used book stores.
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