I have been homeschooling since my oldest was in early preschool which started when he was 2.5 years old because he was in early intervention. He is now 6.5 years old. That’s four years of homeschool under my belt. I have taught preschool multiple times, kindergarten twice, and the start of first grade.
This year I will have a first grader, an ‘official’ kindergartner, and two preschoolers. My oldest will be completing his first grade work that he started in Kindergarten. My second son is doing kindergarten review with the start of first grade work. My third son will be completing his second year of preschool and my daughter will be starting preschool. I am going to have my hands full especially while juggling everything else I do. How do I do it?
We have shared subjects for my older two and younger two. For shared subjects for my older two we will be completing Bookshark Level A which covers science & history. We will also be combining Gather Round Homeschool: Dinosaurs unit, gym, and health. For health we are doing a human body unit which I created through teachers pay teachers and a few recourse books. We will also be doing a safety unit together since that’s mandated for NYS under homeschool regulations.
Separately my oldest will be doing All About Reading Level 1, All About Spelling Level 1, Bookshark 1st Grade LA, The Good and The Beautiful Math 1st Grade, a photography & art class, and music.
My second son will be completing Bookshark K language arts, Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons, All About Reading Pre Reader, and The Good and The Beautiful Math level K separately. We try to keep kindergarten as light as possible.
For my preschoolers, my younger two will be working through Masterbooks preschool and lots of play. We really believe play is the foundation of a great preschool year. See my post about why play is important by clicking here. They will also be joining our dinosaur unit since my children love dinosaurs.
We will be adding to our school year once I know where we stand in January of next year. I plan on adding Bookshark level B once we complete level A and a few extra Gather Round units. The reason I did not add it to my IHIP this year is because I did not want to stress myself out since we have many changes coming in the near future. I am so excited to start the new school year and love seeing all the supplies come in. What is on your IHIP this year? Do you have shared subjects?