We split our time fairly evenly between reading literature, doing handwritten worksheets and art, and doing online activities. Most of the reading is taken from the Build Your Library curriculum, but we also read books from our home library and books we borrow from the local library. The worksheets are a mix of Build Your Library activities and printed worksheets and textbooks. Online activities are mostly maths and a bit of spelling/comprehension/grammar.
Reading Eggs & Mathseeds: these great learn-to-read and beginner maths systems have Australian English, UK English, and US English options. The maths section is still being built, it’s complete up to the end of Australian Year 2 level. On completion of Reading Eggs, your child can advance to the Reading Eggspress section with comprehension, grammar, spelling and other exercises. Includes a library of early-mid readers, some with good educational material particularly within the Eggspress grammar/comprehension program, eg. sciences.
Apps: Monkey Preschool Lunchbox and the other Monkey apps by THUP games were favourites with our kids at around age 2-3. Available on iPhone and Android.
BBC Science Clips: a good interactive introduction to a variety of basic scientific concepts.
Ambleside Online Year 0: classic literature.
Build Your Library: Kindergarten: an excellent Kindergarten program, some great books to discover, eg. The Librarian Of Basra and Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales. Don’t skip ahead to Year 1!
Primary School: Years 1-6
Build Your Library curriculum with a few alternations: if the kids don’t like a particular book we put it aside, plus we read extra books from our home library and local library, often looking for material with similar themes, in novels, graphic novels, non-fiction. Notable add-on culture books: The Usborne Geography Encyclopedia with Complete World Atlas, National Geographic Concise History of World Religions and Christian Mythology For Kids. My kids weren’t super-fond of the Year 1 science, so we skipped a bit of that and began another book (see below).
Australian literature for kids: extra books with Australian content for English, history, science, art. Years 5 and 6 of Build Your Library focuses on North American history/culture so that might be a good time to replace a few of the set books with Australian and other international content… if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m thinking of adding some Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, and Brazilian content as well (haven’t selected yet) seeing as those are the most heavily populated countries on Earth… and/or some German content if my daughter continues to learn the language.
Harry Potter unit study: because Harry Potter! Ha.
Finishing up Reading Eggs & Mathseeds and moving on to Reading Eggspress exercises (comprehension, grammar, spelling, etc).
Handwriting: copywork is included in the Build Your Library curriculum, but we skipped some of that and replaced it with Targeting Handwriting NSW workbooks 1 and 3 (skipped 2). 1 contains printing exercises and 3 starts cursive… then we switched to spelling workbooks.
For extra science we add-on The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory: “Raymond E. Barrett’s Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory is a classic book that took on an audacious task: to show young readers in the 1960s how to build a complete working science lab for chemistry, biology, and physics–and how to perform experiments with those tools. The experiments in this book are fearless and bold by today’s standards–any number of the experiments might never be mentioned in a modern book for young readers! Yet, many from previous generations fondly remember how we as a society used to embrace scientific learning…”
Artventure: Video Art Lessons… self-explanatory! A step-by-step guide to learning to paint, draw, and make mixed media art works.
Hoffman Academy: an introduction to playing the piano/keyboard.
Duolingo: an introduction to learning several foreign languages.
Additional Books, Addition Point Of Views
A Young People’s History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
I will add more resources to this list as we use them.
Home Education Theory
Tidal Homeschooling: for when you’re somewhere between a classical education and being unschoolers…