So I’ve started to compile the items for the curriculum I didn’t use much of last year and all the art supplies to go with them.   I’ve spent an OBSCENE amount of money so we have to do it right this year (i.e. you know, DO it).

Our resources:

Religion

Who Am I? – Catholic Heritage Curricula – Ages 3 & 4

God’s Love Story – Catholic Heritage Curricula

 

Reading

I Can Find Letter Sounds – Catholic Heritage Curricula

Little Folks Letter Practice – Catholic Heritage Curricula

Little Stories for Little Folks – Catholic Heritage Curricula

Catholic Heritage Handwriting: Level K – Catholic Heritage Curricula

 

The handwriting is going to be very loosely done.  I’m not sure if she’s ready but we are going to periodically give it a try.  I’m sure she will pick up on reading pretty quickly.

 

Math

I Can Find Numbers & Shapes – Catholic Heritage Curricula

Little Folks Number Practice – Catholic Heritage Curricula

MCP Math: Level K – Catholic Heritage Curricula

 

Ditto for the “formal” math.  I think she will be able to do it, but it’s going to be very loosely planned — 2-3 lessons per week.  IF it seems to go well.   Since she is really only 4, I’m not going to push it but want to try it and see how she likes it.

 

Fine Arts

–  Last year’s art & music plan

–  Making Music, Praying Twice

I also got a super-cute looking book about teaching children about different instruments to review (keep your eye open for that) and got a set of Musical Instrument flashcards in the $1 section at Target, so I might make and post a plan for those resources, too.

 

Nature Study

Our city has a really neat preschool program called peepers that meets every Tuesday at 10 am and has a little lesson inside and then goes outside to experience it.  Every week.  Rain or snow.   It will make sure that I get Lil’ Bit out of the house at least a time or two a week :).

 

Misc.

Little Saints:  A Catholic Preschool Program

  • Famous Poems Old and New
  • Sing-Song
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses

Plus art supplies out the nose.

Montessori on a Shoestring – Catholic Heritage Curricula

 

Any tips for a newbie about scheduling, corralling all the STUFF that you need to make it fun for preschoolers, organizing it all, etc?  I’d love to hear it!

 

7 Comments on Curriculum 2011-2012 (Preschool/Kindergarten)

  1. Maria S
    14 October 2012 at 4:27 AM (5 years ago)

    I just started to do a more structured type of instruction for my 4 year old daughter. Like you, we’ve spent a lot on possible curriculum for her to use. I’ve settled on using CHC mostly with a mix of Seton books. I was wondering how you found CHC’s math curriculum? I only got the core materials and I’m wondering if I should get the supplementary resource you had listed in your article above. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    jen Reply:

    Do you mean the “I can find shapes & numbers” book? I probably wouldn’t get that one. Check out this post for things that didn’t work for us – http://www.happylittlehomemaker.com/2012/08/curriculum-that-didnt-work-for-us-preschool/

    Hope this helps! Let me know if I misunderstood the question :).

    Jen

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  2. Rhonda S
    30 July 2011 at 4:05 PM (6 years ago)

    This is our 3rd year of home educating. For first and second grade I put our twin’s curricula together myself and I found it felt haphazard. It could have been newbie-itis too… I wanted to do everything! I wanted to be classical, I wanted to be Charlotte Mason, oh yeah and Thomas Jefferson sounded interesting too! But the freedom of interest led and creativity of Montesori seemed right up my alley. Now only to get my faith in there somewhere…

    This year, 3rd grade, we are using all Catholic Heritage Curricula. So far, I am very pleased. I am in love with the language in the readers. I love the memorization that is so gently required. When I looked at the math syllabus I thought that it blew Saxon out of the water!

    Good luck to you. This program seems to be such a gentle way to not only educate but to strengthen our faith in our little ones. Our faith is touched on in every single subject except math, that I have seen so far. So much so that I am meeting with our RE director next week to discuss not having to enroll my kids in CCD. This curriculum provides more RE than the kids get at our local school.

    Blessings!

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  3. Mary
    26 July 2011 at 7:24 AM (6 years ago)

    My biggest recommendation for you is to ENJOY YOUR DAUGHTER & the time you spend together…I’ve just finished my 13th year of homeschooling & will have approx. 13 more before my youngest is out of high school (here at home). The time goes SO quickly so don’t get bogged down with the “stuff” just yet…she is still so very young and before you know it, you will be working on junior high research reports & stress like that. Now is not the time for that…I’m very excited to be starting K w/my youngest this year (also my only girl) and I plan on treasuring the moments we have snuggling on the couch reading…in between the 7th & 8th grade work that will also be demanding my help & attention. God bless your family!!!

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