Thursday, May 7, 2009

Living Books

We have chosen a curriculum for the twins for "Kindergarten" from Living Books Curriculum...they actually call it the "Foundation" year.   Minus a few subjects, it seems to fit what we are already doing which is read-alouds, poetry, pre-writing and reading readiness.  What I really like about this curriculum is that it is very well-rounded and that they use "living" books (which most I can get from the library) for learning.  The areas they include are Bible study, Math, Language Arts, Music & Movement, Art, Picture Study, Nature Study, Science, and Geography.  At first I thought it was way too much for their age, but as I reviewed a downloaded sample I discovered that most of the subjects are alternated and are short lessons.  For example, one Geography study requires us viewing a picture of a jungle and discussing it.  There are fun projects to do, such as Science with Magnets kit by Usborne, Mudpies to Magnets by Robert A. Williams and the Math is all hands-on activities written by a man who writes wonderful Math activity books.
So we shall see how it goes.  It might be too much, not enough, who knows...I am hoping it will work for our first year of schooling..as long as it continues to cultivate a love for learning.  Then I am sure we will be on to something entirely different the next year knowing me!  Here's our list of books:

Teaching Resources
Foundation Year Teaching Guide, LBC 
ABC Assessment, Jim Carroll 
Three R's, Ruth Beechick
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Bible Study
The Child’s Story Bible, Catherine F. Vos 

Language Arts
Finger Plays (Included in Teaching Guide, Part Two)
Aesop's Fables, Sheila Carroll, ed. ** 
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury, Janet Schulman
The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne
Best-loved Folktales of the World, Joanna Cole
The Original Mother Goose, Blanche Fischer Wright 


Preschool Readiness
Of Colors and Things, Tana Hoban 
Letters and Sounds, Rosemary Wells 
Rosie’s Walk, Pat Hutchins 


Poetry
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children,
Jack Prelutsky


Science
Mudpies to Magnets: A preschool science curriculum,
Robert A. Williams 
Science with Magnets Kit, Usborne
Fun With My 5 Senses, Sarah A. Williamson 


Science Supplemental Reading
A Weed Is a Flower, Aliki 
The Tiny Seed, Eric Carle
Teaching Guide, Part Four)

Math
Math Play: Eighty ways to count and learn
Additonal work with math skills incorporated into curriculum.

Math Supplemental Reading
Exactly the Opposite, Tana Hoban 
Math Counts: Shape, Henry Pluckrose 
Math Counts: Size, Henry Pluckrose 
Inch by Inch, Leo Lionni 

Geography
World Map (Parent purchases separately)

Nature Study
Handbook of Nature Study, Anna Botsford Comstock*

Art/Picture Study
Come Look with Me: Exploring art with children,
Gladys S. Blizzard
Come Look with Me: Exploring landscapes,
Gladys S. Blizzard 
Preschool Art, MaryAnn Kohl 


Music & Movement
From Educating Young Children
(Not available separately; Included in 




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