I’m a bit of a researcher and an analyzer (can you tell)? I majored in Spanish in college, and as part of my degree requirements, I had to take one teaching methods class. As it turned out, I loved it, and my professor encouraged me to publish my notes on a blog and encouraged on-line resource sharing and connectivity. I figured I would do something similar as I figure out how to homeschool. Not only do I have a second kid who I want to teach with some of the stuff in a few years, but I’m hoping that someone else can benefit from what I put together, and hopefully I can save them some time. So, in that light, here is the list of materials that we are using in August and September of 2017.
Usborne Starting to Read Pack:
Available here. This is the basis for my curriculum for August and September. I’m only planning up to the first book, to see if it works for my family before spending hours and hours planning to follow the entirety of this program. Before I bought the set, I enjoyed the description provided in the video below:
Reading Treasure Map:
Teach Your Monster to Read:
I didn’t describe this very much in my previous post, but the Teach Your Monster to Read game is a phonics game that follows the same letter progression as the Usborne Start to Read Pack. It’s available online at the website above, and as an apple and android app. So far my almost 4 year old has been doing level 1 and working with the first 8 letters. It allows the kids to practice the phonetic sounds of each letter, and is easy enough to control that my almost 4 year old loves it. I’m not sure if it uses the letter names at all, but this is my new go-to for long car trips (we live in a small area, and if we aren’t going to a grocery store or a hardware store, we’ve got at least a 30 min drive). I’m really happy with how well it works for us.
Letter of the Week Inspiration:
Workbooks we already had:
- Big Preschool Workbook:This was Isla’s favorite last year. We don’t have many pages left, but each letter has a page with the letter hidden inside a picture, and that’s one of Isla’s favorite activities.
- Scholastic Success with Pre-K:This is our favorite right now, and it’s a perfect level for Miss I. I love that it has both alphabet activities and phonics activities for each letter, (but for any Montessori fans, it does NOT have the D’Nealian alphabet). Now that I’ve decided that I want to teach Miss I to write using the D’Nealian style, I’m not disappointed that she likes to skip the writing activities sometimes.
- Scholastic Pre-Kindergarten Workbook:I liked the content in this, and actually bought it with the Big Preschool workbook, but it never captures Miss I’s attention, and I don’t think we’ll be using it.
So far my favorite fonts for DIY materials are:
- Block Letters Tryout: This is a D’Nealian style font
- Century Gothic: The Zaner-Bloser website lists this as one of the most similar fonts to their style
- KG Primary: This is a font designed with educators in mind. It offers a D’Nealian style and a Zaner Bloser style with both lined and unlined backgrounds
- Primer: Zaner-Bloser style
- Print (Clearly and Dashed): Zaner-Bloser style