Today Vicki’s Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven came in the mail. Of course as soon as she saw that there was a box it had to be opened.For the HOD LTTH we got the Little Hands to Heaven Guide,the A Child’s First Bible for ages 2-3(1st run through) and The New Bible In Pictures for Little Eyes for ages 4-5(2nd run through).What we chose not to get was the Big Thoughts for Little People and that is because it is also included in the MFW Voyage of Discovery Deluxe Package which is what we are waiting on to arrive…For the 2nd round of HOD LTTH we would need 2 additional items but that is still a way off.I have heard of homeschooling moms who use HOD LTTH through a 2 year span but when that time comes I will see if we can do another year of HOD LTTH or go to the next guide for HOD. That will also depend which we use as the main curriculum and which will just be extra.I *think* it will be MFW VOD but I’m not sure until I look over everything.
Just by looking at it briefly the program looks fantastic. It has little boxes that can be done through the day for an estimated amount 30 minutes a day. For V,I always did child led so even when it comes to preschool I encourage her to do at least 5-15 minutes of preschool whether it’s coloring, flash cards, reading and sometimes through games/play time. More often than not she doesn’t realize she’s doing preschool so with every play (games, toys) it’s very educational and beneficial for her.
I like the format because of the boxes it feels more “relaxed” to use vs MFW’s ‘typical’ schedule. Though I never exactly follow the entire curriculum and do everything that’s suggested I pick and choose what might suit her that day or over a span of several days we do on one day if she’s up to it.We don’t always follow a schedule though we do year around homeschooling.What I often end up doing is marking it finished in the manuel with the date, sometimes I will write notes and review notes as well in there.I could adapt to both ways.
It looks very fun and though it is still somewhat repeatitive it is a lot more fun and games than ABCJesusLovesMe.So, we are probably going to ditch ABCJesusLovesMe and not order the 4 year.We barely use it now so no sense in continuing.I think HOD LTTH and MFW VOD will be more than enough but I will look over MFW VOD just to be sure my decisions are accurate from my notes and what I might expect from Vicki this coming year.
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.
Today was one of the first time Vicki has shown kindness since starting My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train.Today we went to the store and on the way checking out the cashier told her how pretty she is so here is my daughter smiling underneath her pacifier. The cashier kept telling her “You’re so pretty.” but Vicki said “You’re so pretty.You’re so pretty.” That was the sweetest thing she has said to another person. Something about MFW clicks with her. Glad to see progress from it.
My dear daughter is almost half way through the All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s preschool curriculum from My Father’s World. While I am on the fence of continuing because they have some curriculum associated with common core companies…I do appreciate that MFW themselves are not common core. The Scholastic company is obviously Common Core but we already have a bunch of Scholastic books we’ve been using before we knew that it was Common Core.I don’t mind continuing with them not until I find something that does not sit well with me being CC aligned.I doubt we will use it beyond 3rd or 4th grade at the latest.I like the ABC,Phonics and Word Tales ,Sight Word tales, and Math tales.
I have been thinking and reviewing MFW forum, the MFW website, browsing their curriculum at least until 1st grade, looking at the books that they recommend and so far up until 1st grade is good except the math which is a Singapore Common Core version.It would be the only thing I’d need to sell and purchase separately. As long as I can find a Common Core version to purchase separately we will continue to buy the packages and sell those that are published before 2009 with outside publishers.We will be ordering it soon so when she finishes All Aboard The Animal Train we can start it right away.
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.
Vicki will be starting it in just a few days and I am very excited to go through another ABCJLM year with her. Of course,it will only be a supplement to MFW All Aboard The Animal Train which we are only on unit 2 but I don’t rush her as long as she’s done some preschool for the day and she almost always does in one way or another I’m happy.She’s starting to really get down the sounds of letters and has almost all the sounds memorized. Yes,she can say 95% of the sounds a-z when prompted already. I’ve been working on this with her fairly lightly for about a year.This isn’t something we do everyday so I’m pleasantly surprised how much she’s picked up on sounds in less than a month’s timeframe.She’s also starting to trace, cuts very well for almost 3(holds scissors properly and straight, rarely tears),her scribbles are starting to look like letters.
Also starting to figure out some things for when she starts K. I already have the homeschool intent form all typed up already and saved. Just need to mail it to the school.Her p.e. will be dance lessons and I am looking to start it up soon. Either towards the end of 2017 or early 2018.Right now, I am looking into potential dance schools one that could be helpful to her towards a professional career if she desired so qualifications will need to meet high standards and reputation.She actually told me she wants to learn how to dance like the people on “So You Think You can Dance?”.Her words were “Wanna dance like that”
Some people question me if I am going to go ahead and homeschool my daughter for the remainder of her education and I will whether it be I do
it all on my own or have the help of online instruction/video instruction.Regardless of the struggles I will likely face due to my own developmental disabilities she will be homeschooled through 12th because it matches my parenting philosophy of attachment parenting and gentle parenting.I have a lot of reasons I am homeschooling but that’s just one of many. Already I can tell you that she is more advanced than some in a typical preschool setting just because I allow “child led parent led type of education’ I look at what kids her age should be learning and more often than not she’s above average in many areas.
Vicki is almost finished with the ABCJesusLovesMe 2 year curriculum and we are getting ready to purchase the 3 year curriculum both teacher’s manual and workbook.We will continue to primarily use it to supplement My Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train 2s and 3s.What we won’t use in the 3 year curriculum ABCJLM is the handwriting curriculum.I will probably be teaching her the italic way of handwriting with the Getty-Dubay. Looking forward to start it this summer with V!Once we’re finished with ABCJLM I’ll post a review of what she’s learned from the 1 and 2 year curriculums.My Father’s World All Aboard the Animal Train 2s and 3s we’re finishing up the 2nd unit and starting the 3rd unit this week. All About Reading Pre Reading we have honestly not done much because she already knows the letters and the sounds it makes so it doesn’t make sense to just do that aside from reading, tracing letters and numbers.Mostly we’ve been reading the books with the pre reading curriculum and look forward to the first level of the program.Not sure when we will start it.Probably once she has the rhyming down is when I’ll order the 1st level of reading.She does meet the criteria for the first reading level though.My goal is not to push her though it’s for mastery of concept/skills