I am a confessed teacher/educator junkie. The past two years I can say in all honesty that, despite my best efforts, I was quite jealous of Tim on the first days of school. There is so much hope and excitement and anticipation. Who will learn what this year? How will the classroom look? What will each day be like? How will the personalities all mesh together to form one unit by the end of the year? Almost too exciting to blog about!
I am constantly evaluating and reworking my plan (even during the school year) and have been putting things together for fall since we wrapped up in June. My goals for the year personally are:
- To be more organized in my record keeping. This is not ultimately important with such young students, but a good habit to get into.
- To use the Montessori curriculum more accurately and use fewer distracting activities.
- To focus on presenting the entire preschool curriculum to Caleb. As much as he is my baby, he is not a baby and is, in fact, quite capable!
- Increase the faith life of our family through home school and family activities
- Find a homeschooling co-op to get involved with
So, this year, as a big old first grader, Aidan will be working with:
- Handwriting without Tears, our only non-Montessori curriculum, but Tim and I feel it is needed. We are hoping to work through enough to switch to a spelling program towards the end of the school year, but handwriting needs to take priority at this point.
- Golden Bead Materials- Working with all 4 operations, with and without borrowing/changing
- Starting Basic Facts
- Word types and sentence writing (this is a tough one because he is cognitively ready but the writing is so far behind its very challenging for him)
- Reading fluency
- Species classification
- Money & Time (clock & calendar)
- North America Map Study
- Neighborhood/Community Study
- Sandpaper letters and inset tracing
- The beginning counting & number materials such as number rods, cards & counters, the spindle box, and others
- The puzzle maps and continent drawers
- The botany and biology puzzles
And so we shall see! Thanks for those who left comments on my last post. I am still in a bit of a funk, but I will keep putting one foot in front of the other knowing that this too shall pass.
"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." ~Maria Montessori