Jul 10, 2012

Getting prepared for Kindergarten!

Well the time has come and what a ride it has been...my first born is 5 and with such a number comes bigger milestones....KINDERGARTEN!

We have given it much thought and prayer and have decided to home school...yes, you heard me right..HOME SCHOOL!

With my degree in education I am super excited to put it into use even though it is truly not what I anticipated I would be doing once I graduated, I am even more excited about getting to teach my own children and see them through all the wonderful works of school.

So needless to say I have been spending most of the summer pinning and doing resource research for anything home school. From classroom designs to printables. I have looked at countless curriculum and have decided to create our own. I am really nervous about making sure Jackson knows everything needed to move on to first grade but seeing how in North Carolina you don't have to have your child registered until he or she is seven I have some time to play around and if for some reason it does pan out there is always public school.

I have been able to get somewhat of a curriculum put together as well as a preliminary schedule. I am getting ready to start working on monthly units and materials for teaching. With all the wonderful home school blogs and websites out in the www  I know I will have tons of inspiration.

For starters here is what I have accomplished so far....

Our Kindergarten CUrriculum
Language Arts:
  • Phonics
  • Choral reading
  • Listening to literature, music, poetry
  • Nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables
  • Social listening
  • Constructing visual images while listening
  • Oral communication skills
  • Role play
  • Following and giving directions
  • Paraphrasing and summarizing
  • Organizing ideas
  • Experience stories
  • Relating events and experiences using complete sentences
  • Listening for correct speech habits and word usage
  • Beginning writing process
Social Studies:
  • Observation of everyday, familiar things
  • Common animals and plants
  • Interrelationships of animals and plants
  • Classification of living things
  • Care of pets
  • Like and unlike plants
  • Indoor plants
  • The sun: our principal source of energy
  • Weather and Seasons
  • Temperature
  • Light
  • Senses
  • Earth, moon, stars, planets
  • Simple measurement
  • Beginning experimentation
Health and Safety:

Lesson times (Morning)
8:30- 8:45 Prayer/Pledge/Circle Time
8:45-9:00 Bible
9:00-9:15 Science/Social Studies (sss)
9:15-9:30 SSS Journal
9:30-9:45 Math (Computer Games)
9:45- 10:15 Hands on Math Lesson
10:15-10:30 Math Journal
Lesson times (afternoon)
2:00-2:15 Read Aloud
2:15-2:30 Reading journal

*No school on Fridays! Only M, T, W, Th
*Real life experience on Fridays
*Fridays-recap to dad what we learned

Our Morning Prayer:

Dear God,
We are about to begin our school day.
Please protect us and direct us to do your will and way.
Help mom as she teaches, and us, where were concerned
Guide her lessons and our ears to hear what must be learned.
Even if things need said twice,
help us to grow,
in hopes to show,
we believe in Jesus Christ! 

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