End of the school-year, well it should be… but I guess this is more of a check in. Last year I wrote an end of the school-year wrap up post and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that same date was coming up on the calendar for this year. In the past year I’ve continued on with my eager-to-learn five year old, discovered my attention-span-of-a-butterfly three year doesn’t want to pipe down into school time like her sister, and added a baby brother nearing on ten months old to the mix. Wow. We’ve started a kitchen garden and attempted our first true unit study. We’ve discovered more curricula to love and others to sideline. We aren’t finished. But here’s the deal. When we started this year, what I was calling K5, we had the plan to really do it all over two years, but as we get to. . .
You may know this already. I love Memoria Press. Today I’m beyond blessed to share a review with you on the Memoria Press First Start Reading program.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking… I already reviewed this right? Well, yes and no. I reviewed the entire Memoria Press Kindergarten Curriculum and as a part of it that includes the First Start Reading Program, but I want to tell you more. What can I say? I’m a fan of anything and everything from Memoria Press and I really want to share my opinions with you.
If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day. So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .
In final thoughts, I can tell you as a whole I love what Memoria Press is doing with their curriculum and lesson plans. Almost as it is written it is perfect for my oldest student and I’m becoming eager to watch my next child start to get into the plans as well. I miss the Devotional and Prayer time in the Lesson Plans like we experienced with Junior Kindergarten. Yes there is a weekly Bible story during the Copybook and Memory time, but it is not daily. Nor is there a devotional like we had last year. If it were possible for Memoria Press to include something like a scheduled devotional in the future I would love that. Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans is all you need for one year and evens so we have a few outside resources we add in. Going back to echo what I said before, more. . .
The last portion of the Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten Lesson Plans for One Year and package is my absolute favorite. Even if you are happy with your phonics, math, and copywork elsewhere you cannot beat Memoria Press’ new Enrichment Guide books. In the main Lesson Plans, you are provided with the schedule for a read-aloud book for the week on Monday, music and art for Tuesday, poetry on Wednesday, history and culture (aka social studies and then some!) on Thursday, and science (ala nature study) on Friday. The Kindergarten Enrichment Guide enhances this so much further! As I said in my reviews for Junior Kindergarten, the read-aloud selection from Memoria Press is wonderful. There was hardly a title I did not like and most I was happy to add to our home library. Memoria Press tries very hard to keep their current plans to books currently in-print so there has been. . .
Oh, how I am enjoying remembering our past year in curriculum! Recommend recommend! After math comes… Copybook & Memory and this contains a Bible story from the Golden Children’s Bible and use of the Memoria Press Copybook I. It is laid out to read the story on Monday, Language Lesson and memorization of the relevant scripture on Tuesday. Copy and trace the verse on Wednesday with sometimes some math practice pages thrown into the practice those numbers on Wednesday. Thursday is a proof and correction date with recitation added and Friday ends with time to illustrate and review. The Golden Children’s Bible was chosen because of its slightly simplified, but poetically appealing, King James text, along with its beautiful and age-appropriate illustrations. This is important because we believe students should learn to revere the Bible as a sacred book, distinct from modern adventure stories with cartoon heroes. The Golden Children’s Bible was. . .
Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .
The other day I gave you a taste of what is involved in the Memoria Press Kindergarten Lessons Plans for One Year in their Classical Core Curriculum, but today I’d love to share more. Based on years of research, Memoria Press is pleased to offer the second year of our planned Junior K-12 classical curriculum. Now your child can have a Highlands Latin education at home using the very same materials our teachers use in our highly acclaimed programs. By following the daily lesson plans in our full-year Curriculum Guide, you will have every tool you need to give your child the very best education possible. It has been quite a crazy year. My oldest student has a hunger and a thirst for knowledge with a distracting free-willed little sister shadow and now a new baby brother. Yet we held ourselves together this last school year due to the. . .
2013-2014 was our K4 year and our main curriculum has been the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. (I cannot believe we are already halfway through the next year, these memories seem like yesterday!!) These Lesson Plans are written out for one year. At this point we are within a handful of weeks to completetion, possibly days. This year follows our K3 year with the Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten and prior to that Tot School with various preschool printables and Sonlight P3/4. Please head back to read my several part review on the Memoria Press JrK Curriculum if you’re interested. JrK is written as a 2-day week for 33 weeks, recommended for the general 4-5 year old range. Also, for your information and a side note, Memoria Press is in the process of releasing a leveled pre-JrK program designed for special needs. The plan, to my knowledge, is “to unveil. . .
Having just finished drafting my post for the K5 Curriculum (even if it is six months late!) I figured perhaps I should also write a post for our PreK3 Curriculum this year as well. As my second child is entering into the world of academia I am learning some important lessons. While AppleBlossom was ready to jump and run early on and loves workbooks and “doing school” things… her sister is, well… a free spirit. OrangeBlossom should have been called PinkBlossom. If it is not pink, princess, or fairy related she’s not interested. All life must involved things that are pretty, beautiful, in skirts and sparkily is a plus. Sitting to “do school”, so not her thing. She will beg for school for a minute or two, and then flit here and there and yonder. OrangeBlossom is my here, there and yonder child at three years old. Who know what the. . .
So here I was, minding my own business and updating my “Previous Curricula” page. Then I was drafting out a “plan” post for the summer and fall to come this year when I stumbled upon the calendar for the TOS Crew where I had the option to participate in a blog carnival with the theme of sharing my Favorite Curriculum Choices. How appropriate that my mind is already here!? I figure that I could just think back on this last year and share my favorite choices, but that seems unfair especially since I’m considering my earlier and past choices as my younger daughter gets closer to truly starting “school”. So I figure I’ll give you levels and my choices within. Also if you’re curious, you might want to step back and read my Wrapping Up the End of the Homeschool Year (2013-2014) post as well for more details. Link backs:. . .
Can you believe it is already that time of year, to wrap up your school studies? If you are using a standard school year it is that time. Although if you use a calendar year, then it’s the time to pep up as you’re almost halfway there! Or if you school year-round you might be changing topics, taking a hiatus, or re-energizing to keep on trekking. Finally, there is another new-to-me option that your family might use in (the name slips my mind at the moment) schedule of 6-9 weeks on, break, on, break, and so on! Generally for us I think we use a school year start, and then naturally fall a bit into a (whatever that last one is called) schedule. However we let life get in the way as well as speed up and slow down as the material and skills lead us. We started the year with. . .
We’re just finishing up with week two of our Kindergarten (K4) year and we’re using Memoria Press Curriculum this year and so far loving every minute of it. I had plans to add in OPGTR, FLL and MM but we just haven’t needed or wanted to add anything else this year. The only adding on I’ve done is more library books or videos on the themes of the week. Otherwise, Memoria Press Curriculum planners have put it all together for me!
[Old post, stuck in drafts. Enjoy months late.] Calendar Time The Children’s Book of Virtues, p. 38-39 “Boy Wanted” – This is neat and I think has finally cinched it that I’m going to buy a second copy of this one from the local used bookstore that I saw for my nephew. I think it would be a great gift, because we are really enjoying it. The Lion’s Storyteller Bedtime Book, p. 69-70 “The Knee-High Man” – The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature, p. 98-99 Things People Do, p. 16-17 “The Farmer” Music: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad“, and later after literature time “Sing a Song of Seasons” Math: Recitation: What are two types of numbers? Odd and Even (printable packs from Homeschool Creations) Rod & Staff Inside and Outside, p. 44 Handwriting: Alphabet Book #2, p. 50-54 (playing a little catch up) Handwriting Without Tears My First. . .
The Book of Crafts for Jr. K is brand new, it was not available when we first started. In the lesson plans I was queued with something like “Make a gingerbread craft” or “Madeline Craft”, but there was nothing more than that. Previously what I did was searched pinterest for great ideas and went from there. However, now with The Book of Crafts, no searching on my part is necessary as they are all laid out for me. I received a portion of this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. See full disclosure at close of post or read my disclosure policy for more details. *Thanks to Memoria Press for providing material for review.* The creative arts are an essential part of the primary school education. By using the activities in this book, you can reinforce number and letter recognition, strengthen fine motor skills, and foster creativity and. . .
Now we’re in my category that I can boast on a bit as I spent practically a whole day organizing myself on this one to make the most of it. While I know that people would love to have a CD of all the songs chosen for the year in the curriculum plans for Jr. K because of copyright issues that is a hard task to accomplish. However, with the availability of streaming music online, especially through a new software I’m just now getting to know called Spotify it is possible to follow someone’s playlist. I practically spent all day doing it for myself and figured I might share in case it would help anyone. I have a pinterest board and a Spotify play list for all the Junior Kindergarten Music and Poetry. All the songs used in the Lesson Plans for Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten in one place! (Some. . .