Our whole family has been anxiously anticipating the start of school this year. It is the first year I will be schooling two children at home, and I am so excited—though not nearly as excited as my kiddos!
Sophia is beginning what we are terming “first grade” for simplicity’s sake. In reality it’s a hand-designed curriculum that spans material from late Kindergarten through second grade competency, according to Washington State standards. James will be using the same preschool curriculum I wrote up and used with Sophia two years ago. He will be learning his letters and numerals through 10, as well as exploring many different themes through our Learning Baskets.
Since this is my second time around with the preschool curriculum, I feel ready to share it with y’all and plan to do several posts on this in the coming weeks and months. I may also share tidbits from our First Grade curriculum as I feel ready, but I do like to test drive my methods before recommending them to others! (I wouldn’t share a recipe with y’all before I’d cooked and eaten it, so I definitely won’t be sharing untried parenting or educational advice.)
I will say that our subjects this year include:
- Religion: an overview of the Old Testament
- Reading & Writing: 1-2 Grade standards, using The Elson Reader series
- Mathematics: MCP Mathematics
- History & Geography: Ancient History from Creation through the Fall of Rome
- Science: Life Sciences
- Art & Music Appreciation
And now I will get to it and leave you all with the words our family prays each year at the start of school:
Blessed are you, God our Father,
Maker of the universe:
You have sent Jesus to be our brother
and to save us in Your love.
Bless + us as we begin this year,
and help us in all we do for You.
Let Your Holy Spirit give us light,
and lead us to You
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of students, pray for us!