Aug 8th, 2012 by jacobiwan

I was explaining to Jacobiwan how what you don’t like people doing to you, other people will not like you doing to them, because we’re all people and it’s like we’re all on a team, we’re all the same. He says, “But you’re not Papa, because your head is oval.”

After meeting a new friend at the pool, they bid each other goodbye. Jacobiwan said he could come over to the house to play the Zombie game, so he gave the boy directions: “To get to my house you need to go straight, then turn right, then go straight, turn right, go straight for a little bit, and then turn right again.” Then in the car, he told me that he guess that William will be coming to the house soon because he gave him the directions.

Online Resources
Jul 8th, 2012 by jacobiwan – Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success. – With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. – We are the online teacher resource that is designed to help busy Kindergarten through High School teachers. –  Make full-page custom handwriting worksheets in seconds! – Sumdog’s free games make it fun to practice mathematics. – Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool – Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online.

Book list completed
Jul 8th, 2012 by jacobiwan

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Kindergarten Curriculum
Jul 7th, 2012 by jacobiwan

After much review, I’ve prepared a curriculum that will provide a full and challenging day. The classroom portion of the day will be three and a half hours, and following lunch break we will go to the park for sports. Then there will be time for assorted extra-curricular activities. We will be following a classical education program, and will be using the following books as the core of our studies:

  • Singapore Math Level 1
  • First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1
  • Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2
  • Beginning Geography, Grades K-2
  • The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor
  • Drawing With Children
  • The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons
  • Rosetta Stone, Spanish


The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

This educational bestseller has dominated its field for the last decade, sparking a homeschooling movement that has only continued to grow. It will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Two veteran home educators outline the classical pattern of education—the trivium—which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child’s mind. With this model, you will be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects.

Newly revised and updated, The Well-Trained Mind includes detailed book lists with complete ordering information; up-to-date listings of resources, publications, and Internet links; and useful contact information.


Singapore Math Level 1

Singapore Math is a program that emphasizes concept development, mental techniques, and problem
solving. Math is more than memorizing formulas and fact families. Through this program, students learn
the how’s and why’s of math, not just the operations. By developing a logical way of thinking using a
broad spectrum of manipulatives, students build a strong foundation in mathematical thinking and skills.


First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: Level 1

First Language Lessons(FLL) actually combines Charlotte Mason’s ideas and classical education elements. FLL mimics many elements of resources such as English for the Thoughtful Child and Emma Serl’s Primary Language Arts and Intermediate Language Arts, all of which have been popular among Charlotte Mason advocates. Common to all are the use of art reproductions as prompts for discussion, narration, and writing. Picture studies are intermixed with poems, fables, and other short writings. Also common to all of these resources is the presentation of questions for parents/teachers to use to guide the instruction that covers the broad range of language arts including reading and listening comprehension, grammar, oral expression, and composition.


Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding: A Science Curriculum for K-2

Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding is a newly released collection of 41 thorough, brilliantly organized, and fascinating lesson plans, covering scientific ideas appropriate for grades K-2. Dr. Nebel (who has a long career in teaching college level environmental science) is clearly passionate about his subject – science is his life’s work. He created this approach to introducing children to science because he was disturbed by the lack of scientific preparation that his college level students demonstrated. He decided that the best way to help remedy that problem was to assist children in developing a strong foundation in and enthusiasm for scientific understanding from the beginning. The goal is not just to read a book and pass a test, but to encourage people to become scientists – thinkers who actually use scientific knowledge in their own lives.


Beginning Geography, Grades K-2

From map proficiencies to learning about animals around the world, Beginning Geography will acquaint your kindergartner with the beginning geography skills he will need to understand the cultural and physical world around him. Based on National Geography Standards, the ninety-three reproducible practice pages in Beginning Geography make it super easy to introduce your child to important geography concepts and vocabulary with exercises your child will actually enjoy doing.


Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1

Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises and games in every subject, Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1 reinforces what kids are learning in the classroom. The workbook’s lively layout and easy-to-follow explanations make learning fun, interactive, and concrete. Plus it’s written to help parents follow and explain key concepts. Includes phonics, spelling, vocabulary, find the rhyme, addition, subtraction, skip counting, time, money, maps, science, brain boxes, and much, much more.


The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor

This first book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers’ polls—over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

What terrible secret was buried in Shi Huangdi’s tomb? Did nomads like lizard stew? What happened to Anansi the Spider in the Village of the Plantains? And how did a six-year-old become the last emperor of Rome?

Told in a straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer’s trademark, The Story of the World series covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas—find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. This first revised volume begins with the earliest nomads and ends with the last Roman emperor. Newly revised and updated, The Story of the World, Volume 1 includes maps, a new timeline, more illustrations, and additional parental aids. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children. Enjoy it together and introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world’s civilizations.


Drawing With Children

Mona Brookes’ easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages and beginning adults. Her unique drawing program has created a revolution in the field of education and a sense of delight and pride among the thousands of students who have learned to draw through her “Monart Method.”


The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons

Phonetic concepts are presented in twenty lessons. Rules are kept to a bare minimum. For example, the sound for “ou” is taught as the sound in “ouch.” But the alternate sound as in “would” is not taught; instead “would, could, should” are presented as sight words. A unique marking system of underlining and other supplementary marks such as hollow circles above vowels is used to alert children to phonetic groupings, alternate vowel sounds, and the difference between “b” and “d.” The system is fairly unobtrusive; it does not play a major role as do marking systems in programs such as The Writing Road to Reading.

Letters are taught in groups that allow children to begin reading words immediately; lesson one teaches the letters “c,o,s,a,” and “t,” so children can begin reading words such as “cat” and “sat.” Children are not taught the alphabet in its entirety first, although it won’t hurt if they already know it.


Rosetta Stone, Spanish

Rosetta Stone is a comprehensive language instruction program with epic properties. Put out by Rosetta Stone Ltd., the Rosetta Stone brand has developed a reputation among professionals for its thorough, all-encompassing programs covering 30 languages. Its ease of use and dramatic effectiveness have become legendary, thereby increasing its presence in industry, schools, libraries, and non-profit groups.



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