to practice decoding skills. I might also add Hooked on Phonics (First and Second Grade levels) sometime this year to reinforce some of the concepts.
The girls (especially L) enjoy the Daily Reading Comprehension, Grade 1 worksheets, also from Evan-Moor. They read the passages themselves, as well as all the questions and multiple-choice answers.
We're going to continue informally with RightStart Math A (we got about half way through the book last year). I've also been throwing in Saxon Math 1 worksheets - they seem to be around Kindergarten level and have the repetition we need.
I'm most excited about the Life of Fred math series. The girls absolutely love read-alouds, and enjoy hearing about Fred's adventures. We review the end-of-chapter exercises orally as I'm reading. This is more for the fun exposure to math concepts and puzzles. Next year, I'll probably have the girls go through the elementary books again, this time reading them on their own and answering the questions on paper. Right now, we're just having fun with it.
History and Geography
I found a workbook called Beginning Geography, Grades K-2 (Evan-Moor publishing), which introduces maps and geography concepts with fun hands-on activities for kids. I'll be putting some of these worksheets in the girls' folders weekly.
Last year I tried to do Story of the World: Ancient Times with the kids, but they were just too young. This year they're starting to get it, and we're adding a lot of fun projects along the way. This will probably be something we repeat again next year when they can gain an even better understanding of the topics.
I don't have a set curriculum for Science. The plan at the moment is just to do a lot of experiments and get the girls to write the results in their lab journals. We'll cover topics like state of matter, magnetism, light and colors, simple machines, space, the earth, plants, animals, the human body, and whatever else I can fit in..
Art & Music
That's what we have planned right now, and so far it has been a lot of fun and just the right balance of work and play. Looking back at the last year, my girls have grown and developed by leaps and bounds and I just can't wait to see what this year holds in store for us.
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