2008-2009 Preschool: Karen
Karen will be doing preschool stuff this fall. She’s less active and not enjoying many of the hands-on things we have still from Richard’s preschool days. I got her some activity books from Christian Light and she likes them. I also got a numbers workbook from Abeka. She learned her numbers on her own while we were waiting for the order to arrive but she will still have fun using it as a coloring book.
Christian Light doesn’t have kindergarten. They start with first grade after preschool so the ABC Readiness workbook series can be pre-k and early kindergarten. Then the Learn to Read series would be late kindergarten/early first grade in a traditional setting moving into the “I Wonder” reader middle of first grade. After that is second grade, which seems to be on par or above grade level to traditional programs. (I’ve switched her brother into second grade CLE reading/language arts after Abeka first grade and kindergarten.) So I plan to take 2 or 3 years starting this fall to do the preschool and first grade CLE programs with Karen depending upon how well she does.
Along with the activity and workbooks, we will do a lot of fun read-alouds. She can also listen in with her brother’s history read-alouds if she wants to. I would like to try getting to the library once or twice a month. However, I don’t want this to be too structured a time for her so I’m not going to get a big fancy curriculum other than the stuff from CLE for a few years. Then I’ll add Math-U-See for her also with perhaps Winter Promise’s Hideaways in History.
ACTIVITY & WORKBOOKS:
Learning Numbers with Button Bear 2: Abeka
Beginners Series activity books from Christian Light Education $7.50
About Three; Bigger Steps; Color, Count, and Cut; Doing My Best
ABC Readiness Series from Christian Light Education $14.95 6 workbook set
Shape sorter with different size lids teaches shapes and sizes. Also can teach basic colors of red, green, and blue.
Someone gave us a great collection of manipluatives. I used them with Richard and now Karen. They are the MacMillan Early Skills Manipluatives. I think this is a mail subscription thing when they mail you one set at a time. I don’t have them all. There is a teacher guide for each set that lists games and activities which are three hole punched into a notebook. The pages are reproducible so you can do each activity multiple times. Many of the sets also have laminated cards of sorting and pattern activities. The ones I have are Count & Sort, Pattern Blocks, Dinosaur Math, Bear Family Math, and Links. I don’t have Farm Animal Math, Geoboards (I got some at a yard sale that aren’t part of this set), Mini-Motors Math, Money, Pentominoes, Tangrams, and Time.