Friday, February 26, 2016

Our Charlotte Mason First Grade Plans for 2016-2017

We love SIMPLY CHARLOTTE MASON. I seriously can't tell you enough what a blessing this website and team of people has been to our life and homeschool! Most of our plans for Year 1, or First Grade will be coming from SCM, with a little Ambleside Online influence and some of my own ideas as well. 

First off, our starting point are these new curriculum guides/ lesson plans from SCM called Keep It Simple and they certainly will.  SCM aslo has free curriculum guides that you can find here. 

This will take care of our History, Geography, and Bible. We will be starting with Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt  and  Visits to Africa   This will include lots of living books (which you can see by downloading a sample), reading aloud, and narration.

Keep it Simple will guide our Enrichment Studies. We will be using Enrichment Studies, Volume 1 from SCM. 

Keep it Simple will also guide our Individual Studies. Individual Studies, Grade 1

I recommend you read a little more about the Heart of the SCM Curriculum to understand the "why" behind it all.  What makes SCM stand out for me is the intentionality of doing as many subjects together as a family as possible, and also of keeping the Bible as central through the history modules. 

For our Enrichment Studies, these will actually coincide with our Spread the Feast Community Scope and Sequence, so I basically made up our own guide for enrichment, except for literature. 
  • Literature: The Trumpet of the Swan; All-of-a-Kind Family; The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh; Five Little Peppers and How They Grew; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Mr. Popper’s Penguins; Pinocchio
  • Scripture Memory: TBD, but I try to alternate between passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament. We choose to do longer passages as opposed to several shorter verses out of context. I've found it help them make more sense of what they are memorizing and it is also easier to memorize.
  • Hymn Study: How Deep the Father’s Love, There is a Fountain, Joy to the World, What a Friend We Have in Jesus For our complete Hymn Study list, visit my post about Hymn Study We aim for one hymn a month throughout the entire year.
  • Art Study:  da Vinci, Van Gogh + One more TBD     Simply Charlotte Mason: Picture Study Portfolios
  • Composer Study: Bach, Chopin  + One more TBD   Simply Charlotte Mason: Music Study with the Masters
  • Poetry: A.A. Milne, selections from Favorite Poems Old and New, selected International poems
  • Recitation: Charlotte's standards for her 6-8 year olds: Recite a poem (each child may choose a different one), learn two hymns, a Psalm, and two suitable scripture passages of 6 verses each
  • Physical Education: traditional children’s games, folk dancing from around the world
  • Folk Songs: Traditional children’s songs, traditional children’s folk songs, traditional folk songs, International folk songs,  songs to coordinate with Folk Dance  American Folk Songs for Children by Ruth Seeger,  & Wee Sing Around the World will be our main resources each year through Form 1. Likely these songs: Traditional Children’s Songs and Seeger Songs: By’m Bye, Hush Little Baby, She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain, There was a Man and He was Mad, Who’s That Tapping at the Window, Skip to My Lou Songs from Africa: Tue Tue Clapping Game- Ghana, Akwa Nwa Nere Nnwa- Nigeria, Bebe Moke -- Zaire, Kanyoni Kanja-- Kenya
  • Music Learning: Solfa/Solfege Method Singing Lessons for Little Singers
  • Piano: Music for Little Mozarts
  • Ballet
  • Foreign Language: Spanish 
  • Handicrafts/Art Learning:  TBD, basic watercolor & painting instruction (dry brush), possibly crochet???
  • Habits: Lamplighter Theatre

Now for our Individual Studies:
We will attempt to sprinkle in some "extras" for literature and Bible, and some preschool fun, which I will add later. 

Charlotte Mason Kindergarten, Year .5

Here's a little glimpse into a weekly homeschool schedule that we aim for and use as a guide. We rarely stick to it perfectly, but it helps me to stay a little more disciplined and have some sort of a plan. With the Charlotte Mason method kindergarten isn't a formal schooling year, but we still like to have some structure around here or we all go crazy. So here's a little bit of our Year .5, or Charlotte Mason Kindergarten, with a 3 year old and 1 year old in the mix.

To get a basic understanding on the Charlotte Mason method, start here. 

To see what we aimed for last year, read this.

And to read about a typical day last year for "preschool" read this blog.

Homeschool Rhythm 2015-2016

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Morning 8-1

Breakfast & Bible 30
Free Play 30
Breakfast & Bible 30
Free Play 30
Breakfast & Bible 30
Free Play 30
Breakfast & Bible 30
Free Play 30
Free Play 30
B: Read and Write 30m  
Family Circle Time 30
B: Math 20
B: Read and Write 30m  
Family Circle Time 30m
B: Math 20m
(Family Circle Time)
Nature Study 1h
Masterly Inactivity  
Fine Arts Time 1h
Masterly Inactivity  
Nature, handicrafts, games, outings
Lunch, Literature 30
Foreign Language 30
Lunch, Literature 30m
Lunch, Literature 30

Lunch, Literature 30m
Foreign Language 30m
Lunch 30m
Nap/Rest 1-3:30
B: Literature and Devo 30m, Rest and Art 1.5h
B: Nature Book and Devo 30m, Rest and Art 1.5h
B: Literature and Devo 30m, Rest and Art 1.5h
B: Christian biography Book and Devo 30m, Rest and Art 1.5h

Afternoon 3:30-6

(Dinner Prep 5pm)->>
Masterly Inactivity

Tea Time: 30m

Masterly Inactivity
Masterly Inactivity

Evening 6-8

Bedtime Stories
Community Group



Bedtime Stories
Family Devotional

Bible: Bible reading, Catechism, Hymn, Scripture Memory 
Family Circle Time: Songs for Sapplings, Cultures & Church History, Prayer, Calendar and Weather, Clock, 1-2 Stories, Preschool for A&E, Folk Song
Preschool: Color, Shape, Number, Letter
Tea Time: Picture Study or Composer Study, Poetry
Fine Arts Time: Piano & Music, Art Learning, (Ballet)
Family Devotional: Catechism, Cultures, Hymn Study

Math Fun: Clock, Calendar, Money, Measurement, Abacus, Counting Bears, Tanagrams, Pattern Blocks, Magnet Blocks, Duplo, Numbers
Toddler/Fun Activities:  Puzzles, Lacing, Magnet Dolls, Playdough, Coloring Books, Painting, Learning Toys (shapes, numbers, letters)

Books We Are Using

Homeschool/Discipling Spring 2016

Bible: Catherine Vos Story Bible
Scripture Memory: The Lord’s Prayer, Songs for Saplings, review Psalm 23
Devotional: The Ology (Brooklyn), The Biggest Story (Annalise)
Other Bible: Jesus Storybook Bible, Christian storybooks, Buck Denver, Lamplighter
Catechism: New City Catechism
Hymn: cycle 2
Cultures: country through the alphabet, prayercast, Window to the World
Church History: A to Z Church History, Crossway
Picture Study: Winslow Homer
Composer: Bach
Folk Songs: Down by the Bay, She’ll Be Coming
Language Arts: Delightful Reading, Delightful Handwriting
Math: Calendar, clock, measurement, addition, subtraction, multiplication, basic geometry fun, money
Poetry: A.A. Milne
Music: First Steps in Music, Music for Little Mozarts (piano)
Foreign Language: Little Pim or Signing Time
Literature: A.A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, various classics
Cultures book: All the Children of the World
Nature Book: James Herriot’s Treasury
Audio: Lamplighter Theatre
Worship: Seeds Family Worship, Rain for Roots, Hymns