Heart of Dakota Little Hands to Heaven

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.

Books we’ve used with MFW All Aboard The Animal Train

First Virtues
100 Bible Stories and 100 songs
Terrific Trains
The Preschoolers Bible
A Big Treasury of Little Animals
The Margaret Wise Brown Treasury
The Three Bears(Little Golden Books)
The Toddler’s Bible(ABCJLM):However I like The Preschoolers Bible and 100 Bible Stories and 100 songs better as it has more stories of both OT and NT
Richard Scarry’s Best Little Word Book Ever
How do you read to a rabbit? by Andrea Wayne and Von Kongsilow (Teaches different animals)
Peter Cottentail books
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
The Foot Book by Dr Seuss(Rhyming)
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin
We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Mr Brown Can Moo Can You? By Dr Seuss
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapini
Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg(Counting to 10)
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
Just Because You’re Mine by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Baby Bear,Baby Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
Mommies Say Shhhh! by Patricia Polacco
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
Panda Bear,Panda Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr
Spot Books by Eric Hill
Herbert by Robyn Belton
Big Dog Little Dog by PD Eastman
Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? by Iza Trapini
Tiger Trail by Kay Winters
My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor
Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Iza Trapini
1 is One by Tasha Tudor
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Can You Make a Piggy Giggle? by Linda Ashman
If You Give a Pig A Pancake… by Laura Numeroff
Koala by Edna Eckhart

You can see how picky I am when it comes to books.Everything needs to teach something and it can’t have CCS relations before January 2009.I’m sure there’s more I am missing but that’s some of it.

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.

Kindness

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 Father’s World All Aboard The Animal Train update

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.

Common Core

I am very against Common Core standards that the former president has put in place for schools to follow and this is one of the reasons I homeschool my daughter.Recently,I have received a homeschool catalog from CBD. I personally believe that every child should learn at his or her own pace not by standards set by the Board of Education. Just recently well looking at the Homeschool Resource Roadmap
I have found that MFW(My Father’s World) and by going through each grade level on their website as well that they use some CC(Common Core books) by Usborne to name one. I didn’t know this so as long as the curriculum for whatever grade level my daughter will be in at that time does not contain any common core books of any sort we will stick with them. If I see a common core book I’ll likely look for another curriculum unless I can find a relatively to practically no common core related content alternative to replace that specific common core book/subject. I am going through the entire roadmap and all my curriculum choices I have to date because I want my daughter to be free of common core curriculum as much as possible.I truly hope Common Core will be overturned in the near future. I don’t think it’s doing anyone any good at all.

Do you allow your kids to do common core curriculum and readings?I’d love to hear other homeschool parents’ thoughts on the matter!

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.

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