As I mentioned last week, we’re taking a break from the Montessori room so that we can get ready to homeschool Monkey full time next Wednesday. This week, instead, I’m going to post a little about the goals and planning for this coming year, and in particular, the first semester. Next week, I’ll post pictures of our homeschooling space.
Monkey will be 3 1/2 years old this fall, and we’ll be starting the first year of the 3 year cycle. Here is the curriculum we are going to be using:
Worldwide Montessori’s albums for sensorial, practical life, math, physical science, history, astronomy, geology, geography, ecology, botony, language, and zoology. I also took Karen’s online training class to learn the basics for working with her albums.
The Handbook of Nature Study–both the book by Anna Comstock and the Handbook of Nature Study blog.
Child-Size Masterpieces is an art curriculum for preschoolers and kindergartners where the focus is on postcard sized reproductions of actual fine art pieces.
For the creative art applications, we are primarily using books from Mary F Kohl. We have half a dozen of her art books, and they never disappoint. Her books are less on the final product and more about the process, which is usually very messy and kid friendly!
Alfred’s Basic All in One Course, book 1. I learned to play piano as an adult using Alfred’s adult course, and I will be using the all in one child’s course for Monkey. It’s for children 5 and up, but we’ll be breaking down each lesson into smaller parts for Monkey. We’ve had a piano for 6 years–it’s about time I get around to teaching one of my kids how to play it!
Monkey has been dying to learn as much about Vietnam as she can. I’ve had this Rosetta Stone Vietnamese version for 4 years but haven’t pulled it out recently. Monkey and I are going to use it together so we can both learn, and I’ll also be adding some 3 part cards for Monkey. We have several Vietnamese children’s videos, and Vietnamese Sing and Learn children’s cd that we’re also going to add.
Physical activity: Monkey takes weekly gymnastics lessons and weekly Tang Soo Do lessons, so those will double as phys ed.
It looks like a lot, but we are going to take 3 years to get through everything, when individually, each piece of curriculum would likely take a year. Also, she’ll have access to each thing all day long to do as she wants to do, so it’s not like we’ll be spending 6 hours a day 5 days a week in the homeschool room.
For our weekly presentation schedule, here is how I plan to introduce new presentations (each thing will stay on the shelves for as long as she needs them to be there…)
Monday: Sensorial, Zoology, Creative art, Geology
Tuesday: Practical Life, History
Wednesday: Language, Botany, Cooking or Astronomy
Thursday: Geography, Physical Science, Ecology, Foreign Language
Friday: Math, Piano, Music, Fine art
So, the first week looks like this (I still have a few more spots to fill out)…forgive my shorthand–each shorthand corresponds to the appropriate presentation in the album so I just wrote down abbreviated titles:
|22||23Sensorial 1: Knobbed Cylinders block 1
Sensorial 2: Pink cubes: horizontal & matching cards
Geology: Rock hunting
|24Practical Life 1: Transferring objects w/ hand
Practical Life 2: Dry pouring pitcher-pitcher
Practical Life 3: Spooning
Practical Life 4: Sweeping broom
Practical Life 5: Velcro dressing frame
History: How many rings
|25Language 1: Bead stringing
Language 2: Cubes & cards
Language 3 Sticker pattern card:
Botany: General intro
|26Geography 1: Geography concrete objects
Geography 2: Abstract pictures
Physical Science: Concrete flashlight
Ecology: General intro
Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone
|27Math: Egg carton activity
Piano: Fingers have numbers