It is official we are in Kindergarten with Nate. We started unofficially doing Kindergarten work in January. Nate had covered everything that I had planned for him by January and we decided that we should just keep moving forward. So now that we are officially in kinder we are doing more of the same.
Reading and Phonics
McRuffy Kindergarten Phonics is what I used to teach Mickey to read. I still had the teacher’s manual so all I had to order was the workbooks for Nate. I like the readers that come with books because they are fun and Nate looks forward to reading them. We are currently taking a break from the workbooks because it requires more writing than Nate can do right now.
Reading Eggs is an online reading program. Nate has been using this program since January and he loves it. It has reading games that he plays and learns different phonics lessons. A parent can sign up their child for a free trial to see if this is something that will work for them. Nate is also getting computer skills at the same time. When he first started using the mouse was a little difficult. We slowed down the mouse and got him a kids mouse that only has one mouse button and he does well now moving that mouse all over. The program tests his skills and understanding along the way. It also gives the parent a summary of everything that they are learning.
Nate is using Handwriting Without Tears. I used this program with Mickey to learn how to write.
Nate has started using Math-U-See as his math curriculum. This is the only book in the series that is a non mastery curriculum. The focus on Primer is to have fun with numbers. They are teaching concepts of numbers, counting and basic math facts. But this is an introductory math curriculum. Once he moves to Alpha he will learn addition facts.
Science and History
I don’t have a set curriculum for Science or History. My main focus this year is to get the basics down. This does not mean that we are not going to have fun with science and history. He loves science and learning about animals. So he will learn alongside of his big sister as we go through Apologia Science Flying Creatures. He will also join in as she learns about Earth Science. He will also learn about the different states that we will study in his sister’s history program.