At the age of 2 1/2, The Boy knew all the letters in the alphabet, could count to 10, and knew a few shapes and colors, so I encouraged his learning with short, fun “Tot School” activities.
In the 2 years since I first started “homeschooling”, I have watched him flourish. Now at 4 1/2, The Boy is reading at a Kindergarten level; does simple addition and subtraction; counts to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s; can talk anyone’s ear off; and shows great imagination in storytelling.
We have school 4 days a week and will be finishing up his preschool curriculum at the end of February and moving on to a Kindergarten curriculum in March (I’ll post again about that when we actually start), but here’s what we are currently doing:
We use only the Bible portion of Heart of Dakota’s Little Hands to Heaven preschool curriculum — to include the songs and fingerplays. When we move on to Kindergarten in March, we will be starting the next book in this series Little Hearts for His Glory going at half speed (but again, I’ll post more on that when we actually start).
Part 1 is the McGuffy Primer. Each lesson introduces 5-10 (fewer early on) new words for the child to read by sight. The parent or teacher practices the words with them and then they say the words themselves. That is followed by a short story containing only words that have already been introduced. Every 5th lesson is a Review (no new words taught).
Part 2 is McGuffy’s First Eclectic Reader, which continues on in a similar fashion.
Part 3 introduces phonics as a tool to help the student sound out words they haven’t already learned. For more info on Easy Peasy’s reading philosophy read here.
The Boy started Part 2 a couple of weeks ago, and that is listed on Easy Peasy’s website as being part of the Kindergarten level. We will continue on with this even after we make the switch to Kindergarten for his other subjects.
Math and Handwriting
For both of these subjects, we are using the K4 curriculum created by Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Following the above activities, The Boy spends 25 minutes on Imagine Learning. For information on that, read here.