I am not really an advocate for beginning school at 4. I am actually a bigger fan of the idea of beginning formal education later rather than earlier, but we need more structure in our day and John really enjoys what little school we do and is asking for more so we are taking the plunge and will officially be homeschoolers soon! I have been so exited all this time, and now I am tremendously nervous.
I plan on a January to November school year with a Sabbath schedule, which means six weeks of school followed by a one week break. Beginning school in January allows you to just have one small break from before Thanksgiving until after New Years, rather than a three month break in the summer and several breaks immediately after the school year starts. It seems that the public schools spend the entire first semester catching up due to poor scheduling, but it is difficult to change a system when it is that big.
Anyway, without further ado, this is our curriculum plan for our 4 year old boy for the year of 2015:
Bible: Beloved Bible Stories, by Rhonda Davies.
Language Arts: Reading Lessons Through Literature will eventually cover Spelling, and Reading for the elementary ages, but for now we are just beginning the phonogram cards and some light writing. I said originally that I was going to use Logic of English, but after spending time with both programs I feel that Spell to Write & Read is a better fit for our family.
Math: I found Education Unboxed while looking for something fun for a child so young. Next year I intend to start Ray’s Arithmetic, possibly paired with RightStart, but for now I do not believe that a twenty minute math program is a great idea for John.
Spanish: We are not really using a curriculum for this yet. We are using flash cards and I am teaching him some basic conversational skills.
Piano: Matt has been teaching John using the Step by Step course which is how he learned. I imagine that they will work their way through the entire program in the next six years or so.
Memory Work: This year we are just concentrating on songs we sing at church and Bible verses. Simply Charlotte Mason has a great free resource for scripture memory.
Read Alouds: So far we have used Ambleside Online Year 0 to select most of our books, and will continue to do so.
I am intentionally trying to keep things light, so that we are not doing everything that caught my attention, but I will recommend a few things for you to check out that I heavily contemplated for us this year. I would not be surprised if they they all make the list next year.