I’m sharing our 2021/2022 homeschool curriclum plans for preschool (age 4), kindergarten (age 5/6), first grade (age 7), and third grade (age 9).
For a sample schedule of how I fit everything in, scroll to the bottom of this post!
Pre-K age 4
We keep letter learning playful with games like ABC go-fish and memory match, board games, letter bingo and letter puzzles. I wrote a blog post HERE about how we play letter based games. We also use All About Reading pre-reading, ABC See, Hear, Do, Learning without tears writing workbook, and various alphabet sticker books found on Amazon.
Preschool Math at Home by Kate Snow is our favorite math for this age. We also play games like number go-fish and memory match.
We alternate letters and numbers every other day and they take about 15 minutes or less if he decides he’s done before that. If he chooses to stay at the table a little longer, he’ll oftentimes grab one of his sticker books and an older sibling will help him if I’m busy. Yay for older kids in the house!
He’ll also join in on what his older siblings are doing with our family lessons.
Kinder age 5/6
Just like her younger brother, she’ll join us for many of our family style lessons like beauty loop, nature study, Bible and tea time. Mostly her days will still be full of free play. Even at this age I still don’t push to do school if they would rather play instead.
She plays fun letter based games like her younger brother, but I also started a simple letter/cvc word book with her. This is the how she first started reading! A few times a week, we’ll sit together and name a few letters and say their sounds. I’ll help her write them down and then maybe add a letter or two in order to create a few simple cvc words. We read them together and then she draws a few pictures afterwards.
Lately she’s been asking to work on phonics cards like her older sister. Since she’s eager to read we’ve started using All About Reading level 1 (at a slow pace).
Right Start Math. We started using this over the summer and it’s incredible! On Friday’s we change it up with Charlotte Manson math using Elementary Arithmetic.
Handwriting Without Tears
We’re using the book lists from More Before FIAR, Peaceful Preschool, and Read Aloud Revival. We read through each book several times during our book basket time. If I’m feeling really creative we’ll use the MBFIAR or PP guides for science lessons, baking, and art ideas. I like to save these activities for the weekend.
First Grade age 7
Reading: All About Reading
Math: Right Start Math
For those of you who followed our math journey last year, we used Kindergarten Math with Confidence and really loved it, so the decision to change it up did not come lightly. I even had First Grade Math with Confidence all ready to go.
So why the switch?
Since her older brother started using Right Start over the summer, I was very curious to see how she would do with the program. I can see how Right Start is very similar to what she was using before, but it seems to go at a pace that works even better for her and explains concepts in ways that really resonate with her. I was a little intimidated with all of the manipulatives to organize, but I think I’ve figured out a system that’s not as overwhelming as I feared it would be. After giving it a trial run over the summer, it’s not hard at all for me to grab what we need and go. I rarely need to prep beforehand like I thought I would. A typical lesson takes her about 15 minutes with minimal worksheets. On Friday’s we like to switch it up with the Charlotte Mason math book called Elementary Arithmetic.
Language Arts: A Gentle Feast for copywork passages, composition, drawing prompts, and grammar. We’ll skip the spelling this year and I’ll write down her compositions for her.
Core curriculum: A Gentle Feast form 1 includes: history, geography, natural history, nature study, music, Bible, hymns, artist/composer study, poetry, literature book list, handcraft suggestions, and foreign language.
Over the summer I gave her a simple embroidery kit that I found at the thrift store and she really took to it. I’m also learning how to embroider and it’s been so fun creating alongside her!
For her birthday this year, I bought her an embroidery kit to work on and we also watch Youtube tutorials for different stitching techniques.
Third Grade age 9
He’s working through the suggested literature list from A Gentle Feast.
Math: Right Start Math.
After 3 years of using The Good and the Beautiful, and not really gaining confidence in number sense, I felt like it was time to make the switch. This was by far the biggest financial commitment we’ve made for any curriculum we’ve ever purchased. I was a little nervous about it, but my worries faded after we started using it a few months ago. Math is finally clicking with him.
Language Arts: A Gentle Feast for copywork passages, composition and drawing prompts, grammar, and phonics review and spelling.
Core curriculum: A Gentle Feast form 1(see first grade for a description of what it covers).
Computer Science: His dad is teaching him coding skills using a curriculum called Starting with Scratch
Handcraft: Woodworking and model making.
<A sample schedule>
The start times are never the same everyday, but here’s an example of how our day typically flows. There are some days that we completely throw our schedule out the window and just grab a book and start working, taking breaks when we feel like it. However, most of the time we flow through a pretty consistent rhythm keeping the subjects we’re working on around the same times of day.
If we skip a subject then we simply swing back around to it the next day. If we get really behind then we work a little on the weekends or just let it go.
One of the things I love about a Charlotte Mason education is that the lessons are short and varied, so it’s easier to catch up if we fall a little behind and schooling year round allows for plenty of freedom.
7:00 a.m. Breakfast with memory work (looping through scripture, poetry, hymns, folk songs, and foreign language), then morning chores.
8:00 a.m. Preschool and Kinder book basket, then our history or foreign language loop.
9:00 a.m. Family Table Time: one-on-one time with my preschooler. We do numbers mon/wed and letters tue/thu. My kindergartner works in her writing workbook and my 1st and 3rd graders work on their language arts workbook together. It usually takes about 20 minutes from setting the table up to clearing the table off.
9:30 a.m. Math: one-on-one instruction for kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade.
10:30 a.m. Natural history or geography loop. We’ll usually have a small snack during this time.
12:30 p.m. Lunch with an audiobook (family read aloud list from AGF).
2:00 p.m. Afternoon teatime: Bible/devotion with a small treat.
A few Thoughts:
Handicrafts are no longer scheduled into our day, but the kids do work on them during their leisure time.
We are all in and out of the house throughout the day, getting plenty of sunshine and free play. On really nice days we move afternoon lessons to our backyard and sometimes take a walk to the park for lunch.
We like to keep our Friday’s open for various outings, but also try to carve out a little time for illustrated narrations and nature study. Nature exploring farther from home and fancy poetry teatimes are saved for the weekends so their dad can join us.
Last year we were done by lunch but with so much one-on-one time that’s needed between 4 kiddos, our school days are a little longer right now. It just happens to be the stage of life we’re in right now!