Re: hands on curriculum for K/1st
I really love Hooked on Phonics. We have online access to games and the kids love the DVD's. They'll ask to watch them even when we aren't "doing school." We keep the lessons super short, 10-15 min. I have an active kid too and I think they key to teaching them is keeping everything short and sweet. I never spend more than 10 min on any subject other than reading. We maybe spend an hour tops on all of our school work. I'm pretty cautious with screen time because I notice a huge difference in him based on how much screen time he gets. We also do HWT and lots, and lots, and lots of reading aloud. Usually educational books from the library during the day and fun books at bedtime.