Numerous research have shown the negative effect of too much screen time for kids. I try, as much as I can, to limit my kids TV time to an hour a day, and DVD time is reserved for weekends.
I prefer more time spent on independent play using open ended toys like blocks and legos. Majority of our time is spent having read-aloud sessions, usually after lunch and before bedtime.
Below are some of the books we’ll be devouring this school year 2014-2015. Some books we’ve read already but we haven’t done a project for, so I will try to update this soon with links on our books rows, projects and activities.
The Real Mother Goose
The Complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh : Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner,
Now We are Six, When We Were Young
My Father’s Dragon
A Bear Called Paddington
Little House in the Big Woods
The Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit
The Wind in the Willows
The Boxcar Children
The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island
Little Bear Treasury: Little Bear, Little Bear’s Friend, Little Bear Visits
Frog and Toad
BFIAR and FIAR Books:
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Story of Ping
We’re Going on A Bear Hunt
Make Way for Ducklings
Mirette on a High Wire
The Clown of God
The Little House
Katy and the Big Snow
When I Was Young in the Mountains
Little Nino’s Pizzeria
First Bible Stories
Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bibe Stories
Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children: Aesop,Hans Christian Andersen and Brother’s Grimm
Madeline in London
Madeline and the Bad Hat
Best Friends for Frances
A Bargain for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances
Dr. Seuss’ s Books:
Hop on Pop
The Foot Book
Are You My Mother
Ten Apples Up on Top
The Cat in Hat
Green Eggs and Ham
One fish, Two Fish, red fish , blue fish
Go Dog! Go!
Horton Hears a Who
If ever, we get to finish reading he books in this list, I guess I’ll just have to add the books below and make an entirely new blog post!
The actual curriculum per subject will be on my next post as I’m still waiting for the books to arrive.
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We all know the benefits or reading. Do a simple search on the internet regarding reading to children and you’ll be swamped with information regarding the matter.
I myself, started reading to my kids even while they were still in my tummy. Start them young and you’ll reap the benefits as you go along. My kids have such great appetite for books now and it’s all because of the exposure they had early on.
Our read-alouds happen at various times of the day, but one sure time that we never miss is bedtime! Below are the most recent books that we read before going to bed.
These books have been part of my children’s bedtime routine and by the time we’re finished reading all of them, you bet we’re all ready for a good night’s sleep!
My little girl is now showing signs that she’s ready for formal lessons. So aside from our daily read alouds, I’m now incorporating more structured lessons for the 3 R’s.
I don’t want to bombard her with textbooks, so our lesson are mostly still based on our read alouds.
Our first lesson was all about one’s self, like loving one’s name, uniqueness and identity.
Below are the books we’ve read to cover the topic.
Chrysanthemum is a story about a young mouse who learned to love her name and appreciate her identity and uniqueness. It is just the perfect book for our lesson, so glad I found it on booksale!
2. A Color of his own
A color of His own is about a chameleon who felt sad that he doesn’t have his own color. The book has a message that true identity comes from personality, not appearance. It doesn’t matter what color you are or if you have a color at all but that you know who you are. We also tackled about how to deal with change and value friendships. Thanks to thelearningbasket for this book!
Madeline oh Madeline, need I say more? They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines…my daughter is just in love with this book! I will be incorporating FIAR soon to help me disect this book, thanks to a fellow homeschooling mom for selling me the manual at a discounted rate!
And for our writing practice, I found this cheap wipe-clean workbook.
My daughter does writing when she feels like doing so, this way since the drive came from her, the handwriting ends up looking nicer too. 🙂
So far we’ve discussed traits that she has, things she can do and can’t, stuffs she likes and hate, friend she has, traits of her friends, etc. and now my daughter proudly says “I am unique” and “I love my name.”
She hasn’t let go of Madeline though, she sleeps embracing her. If you know what I mean.
Happy days! Happy homeschooling!