This year my youngest is in kindergarten. And for whatever reason, kindergarten is the only year that I feel sad about homeschooling at times. My own memories of public school K are really great, and I wonder sometimes if kindy at home could possibly be as *fun* as kindy with other kids.
Of course the essentials (learning to read, write, and form a strong foundation with numbers) are much better suited to one-on-one teaching. But, with two older siblings to teach, it’s easy to short change the youngest when it comes to non-essentials. So this year I drew a line in the sand and determined that standard K play is going to be an essential part of our school day.
This is partly why we decided on a World Geography/Zoology year (instead of heading into Year 2 of our history cycle). There is so much hands-on fun that goes along with it. Cooking and crafts and games from all over the world! Also, I scheduled 1-2 picture books for each of the 34 countries we are studying, so DD5 (and the older siblings who unashamedly still love picture books) will get to know the world through quality, engaging literature (and I will get lots of snuggle on the couch moments- my favorite).
I chose several titles based on Five in a Row selections, and eventually decided to purchase FIAR Vol. 1 guide to “supplement” our studies. Well, this supplement turned out to be one of the highlights of our week, for both the kids and myself.
We read Marjorie Priceman’s “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.” It fit perfectly with our study this week- an overview of the continents, oceans, and biomes. It’s a cute story about a girl who wants to make an apple pie, but the market is closed, so she decides to travel around the world to get the freshest possible ingredients (Semolina wheat from Italy, Cinnamon from Sri Lanka, etc).
I was a bit leery about reading the same picture book every day, but my kids loved it! Every time I pulled the book out, I’d hear, “Yes, we get to read it again!” And they would quickly gather around with excitement- So far, so good.
I knew that there were way too many activities than we could get to, but the great thing about FIAR is you can do as much or as little as you like. We only were able to do 1 activity a day, but each one was really fun and meaningful. Here’s what we did:
I’m really impressed with how fun FIAR was for all 3 of my kiddos. And I’m also confident that DD5 is going to have a really fun Kindy year at home .