Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's Been Ages...

...since I updated. For the past month, we have been busy planning out the kindergarten year. The days of regular posting must go to the wayside as our family busies with school, but I intend to post as often as I can about what we're up to and thoughts on homeschooling in general. Because of our new time demands, the purpose of the blog needs to change from a catch-all of activity reports to a casual musing on homeschooling.

After a couple years of curricula searching and debating over whether I need to write my own, I finally settled on a literature-rich curriculum that is flexible enough to make it our own. We have joined the Five in a Row community, and we've been collecting the books at markedly discounted rates (from free to a dollar!). The literature itself does not all need to be purchased, however, and we intend on borrowing heavily from the library. Along with the books, we have the option of adding supplemental books. For instance, when we row The Story About Ping, we can add in books on Chinese customs, clothing, the geography of China, etc. Additionally, I can whip up Chinese dishes, and we can take field trips to Chinatown or Chinese American museums. The structure, flexibility, and freedom this curriculum allows is the prefect fit for this family.

Along with FIAR, we are focusing on a year-long theme, the ocean, which we will explore in various ways all year. For example, we will:
  • read books, fiction and non-fiction, about the ocean
  • watch educational videos about the ocean
  • learn about plant life, animal life, and human use of the oceans
  • visit aquariums
  • visit the ocean during different seasons, times of day, and locations
  • go whale-watching
  • go on boat rides

We're also supplementing FIAR with:
  • math lessons (mainly using math manipulatives, toys, games, and practical application)
  • the Draw Write Now series
  • regular outdoor hikes
  • a hobby or sport of Aidyn's choosing
  • regular park days
  • regular family field trips
We're excited to begin the kindergarten year and look forward to the joy that FIAR will surely bring!

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