When I shared our gentle preschool curriculum recently, I described our second youngest daughter as the family clown. That’s true, but our second oldest daughter is equally funny in her own right. Cora is our eccentric child. You know that expression, “One of these things is not like the other”? Well, that describes Cora to a tee. She is her own unique person, marching to her own drum, doing things her way even though it might not be the conventional approach.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to homeschool because Cora’s personality would not be encouraged in a traditional school setting. Besides being an individualist, though, Cora is compassionate, helpful, and forever concerned with justice for all. It should be an interesting year!
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
This year our Cora will start Kindergarten. I’m keeping it simple this year. She will work with me one-on-one in Math, Phonics, and Handwriting. Here’s what she’ll be using:
Saxon Math 1: Last year Cora practically whizzed through the Kindergarten level of math, so I’m eager to see how she does with 1st grade math.
A Reason for Handwriting K: Kate used this same text, and I really like how ARFH uses Bible verses for handwriting practice.
All About Reading Level 1: This is our first year using AAR, and I’m really anxious to see what the hype is all about. If it helps Cora learn to read, then I will be singing its praises too. For now, though, I’m taking a more cautious position. We’ll see.
She will do all the Content-Rich Subjects listed including Bible, History, Geography, Science, Latin, Literature, Nature Study, Read-Aloud Time, and Fine Arts with her sisters.
Some life skills Cora will be working on include the following:
- Learning how to sweep and mop the floors, wash dishes, & set the table
- Learning how to make sandwiches and fix a salad
- Working on paying closer attention to what she’s doing
- Working on being diligent in her work
Kate, Cora, and I are working through Home Economics for Homeschoolers. This is a great book with weekly lessons on home ec for little girls.
Additionally, Cora will continue to serve as Mommy’s Helper 2 days a week.
Bible Verses to Learn
The verses Cora and I will be working on this year include the following:
- Proverbs 10:4 (to learn to be diligent in all things)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (to be grateful)
- Philippians 2:14 (not whining & complaining)
- Proverbs 29:11 (to learn to control her anger)
In addition to our weekly Community Bible Study, Cora participates in gymnastics one afternoon a week and T-ball, which we recently finished.
It’s going to be a fun year with Cora on board!