My virtual friend Shannon at Teaching My Little Bookworm has asked to share curriculums and plans for 2009-2010 school year. I definitely gave a lot of thoughts to our plans.
We are not really homeschooling. I work full time, and Anna will attend a new preschool starting in late August for three mornings a week. On the other two days she has playdates, so mornings are taken care of. Her preschool has theme-based curriculum, and I really like that. I haven’t decided yet whether I will extend whatever preschool theme of the week is or I will use my own theme schedule for afternoon activities and weekend field trips. For now I plan to use my own and adjust it during the year based on Anna’s interests. I would really like for her curriculum at home to be as child-led as possible, and I would also like to give her more time for a free play. So I want to change a few things and actually reduce formal preschool activities that we do every day. I think our week schedule is going to look somewhat like this:
|5:00 pm||Gymboree||Playground||Play w mom||Art||Playground|
|6:00 pm||Gymboree||Phonics||Art||Phonics||Free Play|
|6:30 pm||Free play||Free play||Library||Free play||Guests|
As you see, the only “allocated preschool” time that I currently have planned during work week is our phonics program. I am eagerly awaiting the “Reading in 100 lessons” book that I won at Our Homeschool Fun, but in the meantime I plan to proceed with Progressive Phonics. There is no math or science during work week, but we will work with manipulatives as part of free play and talk about science facts as we read books and do other things during the day.
In addition, here are the sites that I use most while preparing for our “not quite preschool activities”:
- Making Learning Fun
- DLTK Kids
- No Time For Flash Cards
- Everything Preschool
- Lesson Pathway (I managed to get in as a beta tester)