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In our homeschool
I honestly feel sorry for the people that had to counsel me during my curriculum research. My personality type tends to be more towards the "let's jump on the first train riding by" rather than "let's wait awhile and make sure it's the right train first." As soon as I was certain homeschooling was for our family, I wanted everything done; the books bought, the schoolroom put together, the lesson plan in order. It took a lot of prayer and a lot of guidance from some experienced homeschooling mommies to calm me down and rethink the train our family would be boarding. I definitely rode a few on the way though...the Seton train, the Well-Trained Mind train, the Mother of Divine Grace train, the Catholic Heritage Curricula train, the Mater Amabilis train.
And here is where these trains finally dropped us off..
*This is only for Zep, who will be entering first grade. Bright Eyes will be in 4K, so he will mostly be just hanging out with us and/or Sunshine.
- Literature (Tales/Fables/Classics/Poetry) - We'll be following the Mater Amabilis lesson plan.
- Writing - Writing With Ease Level 1
- Grammar - First Language Lessons Level 1 & Language of God Level A
- Phonics - Little Angel Readers B,C, & D
- Handwriting - Handwriting 1 for Young Catholics
- Read aloud and silent reading - First Grade Faith and Freedom Readers & Scholastic Level 1 & & 2 books.
- We'll be following the Mater Amabilis lesson plan for religion.
- Hubby is going to teach the kids an extra amount of catechism in the evening after dinner from The New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism.
- Piano lessons given by the famous pianist, ME! Yeah right, I'm just hoping I can teach him to read music!!
- 36 Traditional Catholic Hymns and several other classical pieces that we'll listen to before bed each night.
And that's it folks!!! After months and months of struggling with what to do next year...this is it! Am I expecting it to go as wonderfully as my mind is dreaming it...absolutely not!! I'm pretty sure we'll be doing a lot of shifting as the year goes on. I'm not a teacher, but I love my children. And maybe, just maybe we'll learn to love to learn together!!!