Starting new homeschool curriculum for 4 year old/last year of preschool

Today we started a bunch of new curriculum and it turns out I am not using Heart of Dakota Little Hearts For His Glory because I switched out too many things but I am an electric homeschoolers who doesn’t do Common Core. What I didn’t know until later is their editions of Singapore was before Common Core. But what’s done is done. The other reasons I didn’t use it is I am not a fan of reading kids chapter books before they even do sight words/beginning to read and I,personally,believe that Geography and History should be alternated year to year.This year we’re doing some geography. We didn’t finish up all of the Little Hands to heaven but if we need something from it we can go back to the guide.

Just today Vicki did Bible(Horizons Preschool for 4 year olds),Devotions(Preschool level understanding Devotions),Math(LOF/Horizons),Writing(Write Shop Primary A), and Art(Artistic Pursuit).We also did some Art(Artistic Pursuits Preschool) which is really easy so far. We looked at the picture and found whatever was asked. Then I had her draw her reflection of the picture we went over. Her drawing was a vase. Kind of looks like one too. I also made an Artistic Pursuits Group on Facebook for homeschooling families that use it because I have not seen a group for Artistic Pursuits.It is a closed group but all homeschoolers are welcome. Artistic Pursuits Support Group

Here is what V covered/mastered so far:

This year she’s gotten better at





*drawing a bit,

*recognizing her ABC both upper and lowercase,

*able to write her nicknames(Vicki/Alli),

*knows her birthday, c

*can count to 5,

*rote counts to 4,recognizes numbers 1-10,

*able to do up to 4 piece puzzles

*tries to follow with her finger while reading.

*Continues to know her primary/secondary colors though we’ve not touched on gray yet.

Bible,(Horizons),Devotions(Preschool level devotions)Art(Artistic Pursuits Preschool),Geography(GeoMatters),Math(Horizons/LOF unless it becomes too challenging for V)Science(Science Shepherd Introducing Science),Writing/Copywork/Literature(Write Shop and Learning Language Arts Through Literature) Goal is to take it slow for mastery so about two years I think but that’s just an estimate. This is actually going to be her last year of preschool then we’re just going to call it school since we do not go by grade levels. By the time she’s done she’ll be around 5 or 5 going on 6. January will make 3 years of homeschooling v. On her birthday we will also take a walk to her local elementary school and file our letter of intent to homeschool that same day. Exciting!

We also have All About Reading and All About Spelling level 1 for both.

We will do everything in small increments or as long she remains interested. Every day will be different too.Will post a review later as we move through the curriculums.


Turkey Feathers Number Matching 1-20

Recently Vicki has really been into cutting and pasting so to celebrate Thanksgiving we are going to do Thanksgiving Matching 1-20 fun cut and paste activity from
In LOF she is learning numbers up to 20 and we’ve not done a lot of numbers ranging from 1-20 so this should be fun for her.

Next year’s curriculum 2018-2019

As Vicki is almost half way finished with My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train…I have ordered more books for Units 5-12 that will encourage the concepts and character it teaches. Once she is done with All Aboard The Animal Train we will continue on with MFW Voyage of Discovery but I think it may be a little easy for her so to “bulk” it up I’ve ordered Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven. She’s very sharp and if she’s not challenged she shows no interest.

Main Curriculum:Finishing up MFW All Aboard The Animal Train then move on to MFW Voyage of Discovery
Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven ages 2-5
ABCJesusLovesMe 3 year(Finishing it up, not sure we’ll order the 4 year depending how well Heart of Dakota fits)
Reading:All About Reading Pre Reading(Continuing with the rhyming cards and books)
Considering: Queens Homeschool Language Lessons for Little Ones or All About Reading level 1
Spelling:All About Spelling OR Queens Homeschool Spelling(Undecided)
Unsure of when we will start:Handwriting will be Getty Dubay Italic Manuscript Book A(When she’s ready)
Math:Life of Fred continues
I’m trying to keep everything as Christian and biblical as possible so we’ll probably do Queen’s Homeschool first before we continue further with All About Reading or All About Spelling more than likely.

The Birthday Present

Today was the day Vicki’s birthday present from Mommy came. For her birthday which was this past week,I bought her the entire Life of Fred Elementary Series and the entire Life of Fred Eden Series for Beginning Readers(The last 2 sets for the Eden Series) because I know at some point we’ll likely go through the entire Elementary Series and the Eden Series. That’s how much she loves Fred and Kingie! Of course,I have fallen in love with Fred and Kingie too so if I don’t use the entire Elementary series for Vicki and somehow it doesn’t work out as the main curriculum even with supplements as needed I will use it and beyond for myself. I’ve already learned so much from Life of Fred and I am the mom not the student!

She loves Fred and Kingie. In her words “I love Fred Books.” Anytime I try to take away Fred and Kingie for misbehavior she straightens up really fast because she wants me to read Fred and Kingie to her. She also has been trying to take the entire Elementary and Eden Series out of her room because she loves every single Life of Fred book.Honestly,the girl can’t make up her mind which Life of Fred book to bring out because there’s so many of them! But,already she has learned so much. Very recently I have gotten her just by reading Life of Fred to her she is now able to kind of start to count to 20! Yes,20 and she’s just turned 3! But Life of Fred they teach so much in the series it’s hard to imagine why a mom could not see how Life of Fred could be used as a homeschool curriculum on its own. In fact, my mom asked me if I was just going to use Life of Fred as a supplement curriculum…I said “No,I plan to use it as the main curriculum and supplement only as needed” I explained “Just by going through the books there’s so much information, knowledge and wisdom in these books about life in general..Why not use it as a core? I start reading the Life of Fred Books and I’m hooked and just dissolve information.”

An example from Life of Fred Eden Series -It talks about how Fred needs electricity to get the stove,and refrigerator to work. But,it also takes on math such as it’s one mile from their house to Harry’s Hardware,it discusses money, how a child should not play with electricity…That’s some of what is talked about in one of the books.

But yes, so much valuable information is in these books and we’ll probably use the entire Life of Fred curriculum including Language Arts,Financial and so on up until college material.I have heard lots of moms who have used Life of Fred as their main core who supplement as needed and their children have scored really high on SAT,ACT and CLEP exams/tests. I hope for the same and that we will be able to continue that long but ultimately unless Vicki says she doesn’t want to read Life of Fred anymore for whatever reason we’ll keep on. It also discusses many life topics such as choosing a spouse, teaching some about character things like that. I love it! I have no intention in selling Life of Fred in the next 20 years.This being with my daughter likely to be my only living child on Earth.

Did she start preschool yet?

So today my daughter and I went to one of our many cousin’s bridal shower.It was nice.Lots of family we don’t get to see often so when we get together it’s nice to catch up. Well,of course, as any mom will understand when there’s get togethers the question that as always come up is “Did she start preschool yet?” My answer:”No,not yet. She’s going to be homeschooled.We do preschool at home” So,I told V as an example of what she knows already ,what is 2+5…V responds “equals 7”,5+2…V responds “equals 7” 0+7…V responds “equals 7”. You should’ve seen the relatives eyes..It was as if to say “Wow,that’s amazing.And she’s only turning 3” I explained right now we’re doing curriculums with 2 years and 3 year focuses. Sometimes we do it in the morning, afternoon,before bed just whenever we can “squeeze it in” and before bed we read Fred and King. They asked what’s that? I told them it’s a book(e book asked one family member and I responded No,it’s a regular book), a regular book in story form that has math and other topics like science, history all of that in it..She loves it..She’s always bringing it all over the house with her. I asked her “V,what’s your favorite book?” V’s response “Kingyo”(Kingie)

It’s amazing she knows this already because from what I understand here in Hawaii anyways the child is expected to know all his/her ABC’s,how to read, write, and know their numbers and even basic algebra all in Kindergarten! I’m like “really, wow!” That’s a lot of pressure on parents today. Also heard one mom say that her daughter who can’t be more than 7 already has a boyfriend. Me,I am thinking 7 and a boyfriend that’s just way too young and this is why I homeschool to “rid” her of all these temptations. Just another reason to add to my list.

On another note from tomorrow I will be taking my beautiful daughter who already has an amazing life story/testimony to church to really get to know God and who He is. This is a big area for our homeschool is to really get to know God spiritually and instill it in her while she’s young.This is something I don’t recall having in my childhood and I think if I knew God when I was my daughter’s age and had that upbringing I might have made different choices in how I walked my life so based on my upbringing I chose different of course.

We will also be involved in the church homeschool ministry so she will have more socialization.As some knows I’ve blogged about developmentally my daughter is not able to do dance lessons and I am still going to look into creative movement and creative dance to see if we can do a trial class. If we can that would be great because we’d need to see if she will 1)separate from me,2)Give me her paci/cracker bag 3) join the class. If we can’t do a trial class or if we can do a trial class and she won’t do any of the three then we won’t be able to do creative movement, creative dance and pre jazz or pre ballet classes for awhile. All that to say if we had a gym in town closer to us I’d sign her up in a heartbeat so she’d have exercise and socialization but there are none in town. I also can’t sign her up for church sunday school because while she’s days from turning 3 she is not potty trained and to attend sunday school she needs to be potty trained so that’s another off the list for awhile. What’s left? Homeschool ministry provided by our church for socialization. See,just today she actually interacted and played with one girl who was about Kindergarten age.She showed V how to play with something and V copies.The two played nicely. I was there right next to her so since she is just starting to interact with other kids I don’t want to push her to “be on her own” without me being there until I Know she’s comfortable doing so on her own. But,I believe the more we go to these homeschool outings/events for socialization I suspect by the time she’s 4 she may be ready to “play without mom there” and just overseeing her to be sure she’s behaving nicely.

She’s doing great though. No complaints from this Momma! She’s a joy to have and I am thankful I was chosen to be her Mommy!

Addition Math facts that equal to 7

We have been just zipping through LOF Apples. When we first started my daughter only knew 5+2=7 and 4+3=7.Tonight we read a chapter of LOF Apples and asked her all the math facts that equal 7 including
and to every single one she answered 7 without hesitation. I truly can’t believe how much she comprehends and the girl is only turning 3 years old. I am in complete disbelief.Obviously we’re going to go through the elementary books several times to be sure she understands but from a 3 year old? that’s just amazing.We also read the Eden series before she sleeps. So far her favorite Eden Series book is Blue but she will soon have more to choose from and carry around as I’ve ordered the entire elementary series and Eden series sets 2 and 3 for her birthday.I can’t wait for her reaction since she loves Fred and Kingie so much!

Finished ABCJLM 2 year

Yesterday,Vicki finished up the ABCJLM 2 year preschool curriculum. It is amazing how far she has come in knowledge from the first year we started the ABCJLM 1 year curriculum back in January 2015.She went from knowing almost no colors to mastering at least 3 colors, knowing her ABCS(Recognizing as well-not all randomly) and knowing the sounds of it, to tracing, drawing lines, simple math…to name a few.I’ve updated the homeschool album with what she’s done along with the progress.To see what she knows from the 1 year ABCJLM to the 2 year ABCJLM comparison you can go to our HI Homeschool Facebook page.Blogs and posts about homeschooling typically are posted there first.Later it’s uploaded to Flickr.Yesterday was the first day of the ABCJLM 3 year and of course it’s to supplement MFW All Aboard The Animal Train with the several other curriculum we use including All About Reading Pre Reading(Sight word cards and books),and Life of Fred Beginner Readers(Eden Series) and Math series respectively.