Last year when The Hubs and I made the decision to put our then four-year-old, Blonde Warrior, into kindergarten, we did so with a little trepidation. He had already learned to read simple one-vowel words and looooooved sitting at the school table each day alongside his older sibs soaking up ANY little morsel of knowledge he possibly could.
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Were we pushing him too hard? He had shown such interest and ability. But when when all was said and done, would he be able to keep up with a school routine? Would he develop a disdain for academics and learning by starting too early??
After praying about it, we took the leap and agreed that if our boy showed ANY signs of dislike or frustration, we would put kindergarten on hold for another year. After all, the word "kindergarten" was just a term. We didn't have to let it define WHAT he learned and WHEN. We just determined to continue to feed his vivacious thirst for knowledge. If that meant having to give him a book that was geared for kids a year older than he was, so what?! It's what he wanted and what he was ready for.
As we expected, Blonde Warrior absolutely thrived in kindergarten. HE LOVED IT! He is by nature a very curious kid with a deep-rooted love of learning new things. He was thrilled to be able to seek...and FIND...because we ALLOWED him to. Oh, the beauty of homeschooling! We weren't bound by a September 1st birthday deadline. We were free to allow our child to learn IN SPITE of a trivial date on a calendar.
Fast-forward one year...
In just a couple of weeks, he will be starting first grade.
I can't wait to see what this year will hold for him!
In addition to our group subjects such as Bible, history, science, and art that he will do alongside his older brother and sister, my little first grader will do the following:
- The Hear Me Read Bible- He will continue to read this until Christmas when he will get his gift of Myrrh. (7x a week)
- ABeka Phonics/Reading 1 (4x a week)
- All About Spelling Level 1 (4x a week)
- Write a letter to his penpal. (1x a month)
- At this level, I do not require him to "read for pleasure" like his older sibs. He will, obviously, do the required reading for his ABeka lesson. But, I don't insist upon additional reading since he will still be continuing to LEARN how to read. If he WANTS to read any extra...well, that's a bonus. But, I won't insist upon it.
- ABeka Arithmetic 1 (4x a week)
- Lessons in Responsibility for Boys- He will read this with The Hubs as a special "just me and dad" time. (1x a week...or possibly every-other-week. We shall see...)
- Can You Find Me? Building Thinking Skills (1x a week)
- Join Greased Lightning for some fantastic living literature books for early learners. (I'll be posting that list really soon!)
So, that's what my little guy will be up to in the coming months. Do you have a first grader?
I'd love to hear about your plans!