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Old 02-08-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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What subjects will your child study?

I am considering homeschooling, though my child is still too young to start, and I am trying to get an idea of what the course of study would look like. I think if I had an idea of what subjects to include each year, it would start to seem more doable. What subjects is your child taking, especially if they are between pre-K and 'grade 5'? I'd also be super-interested if you are a veteran and have a list for all the previous years, or if you're a planner and already have it all planned out. Or links would work, too, I just haven't found any on my searches yet, which is why I'm here. Thanks!

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:38 PM   #2
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P.S. I know it will depend somewhat on state requirements, but we will probably be moving around the time my son starts school and we don't know where.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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Re: What subjects will your child study?

With pre-k, we focus only on reading and math. We do some science, handwriting, social science, etc, but only for fun.

Kindergarten will start next year. We will have, math, phonics, reading and handwriting. We will do some science, art, social studies, etc., but only for fun. Nothing formal. We will do more science and social studies in first grade, and progress from there. I'm not worried about art from a formal stand point just yet. We will begin talking about "art" but it won't be very concrete for her just yet.
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:15 PM   #5
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We do:

Language arts (reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocab)
Math
Science
History
Elective. (Languages, health etc)
Is this what you do every year/age? Do you do one elective per year?
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:46 PM   #6
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Re: What subjects will your child study?

Kinder we do:
Phonics (at the beginning) Reading (when he started to read)
Grammar- at this stage was learning how to write sentences and where the capitals and such go.
Spelling (sight words)
Math
Science
History
Sign Language
Then any specifics he wanted to know about

1st
Math
History
Science
Grammar
Spelling (work list with 10 words a week and 5 vocabulary words)
Reading
Sign Language

2nd same as first

For history we use Story of the World we have all the books and kind of jump around
For Science we just bought Exploring creation and will jump around astronomy, and the 3 animal books depending on what he wants to learn

My dd is 2 almost 3 and with her we do a letter a week with fun crafts and such.
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Re: What subjects will your child study?

Pick up the book The Well-Trained Mind. It is great!

My oldest is in first and does:
Math, grammar, reading, spelling, writing, history, science. In later years (probably 3rd) we'll add in Latin. Literature is connected via her history studies and readings.

My son is preK by age but doing older work with a late Oct bday. He does:
Reading, spelling, math
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Re: What subjects will your child study?

We use A Beka because it offers a full, comprehensive curriculum that is approved by our state which is known to be one of the most rigid as far as HSing standards.

For first grade the subjects we cover daily are:

Penmanship
Reading
Math
Health and safety
Grammar
American History
Phonics
Science
Spelling
Music(basic rhythm and lyrical tunes)

Kindergarten was much the same, minus spelling because the ELA focus was largely on phonics and pre-reading work.
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Our state has requirements that state we have to teach:
English
Math
Science
Social Studies
Art
Music
Health
Physical Education

This is for every grade from Kindergarten through High School.
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I don't teach pre-k at all, any age before 5 is for playing. I'm pretty laid back in K as well, I don't see any reason to put pressure on a K age child. For K we focus on learning to read (if the child isn't reading already and neither of mine were) and math skills. We also read science books. I have a book collection to rival a small library and that includes a nice size children's library. I made sure we were stocked on picture books, early readers, chapter books, children's novels, YA novels, great literature, mythology, history books (for children and adults) and plenty of science books geared towards little readers. We explore our world, the garden, the park, play with the dogs ect. By first grade my boys can typically read and do basic math. My oldest actually went to public school for K (he is ASD and went to a charter school because he was refusing to work for me but it didn't work out) but my youngest has always been home. Each year I break a bit more from the traditional school at home style I had when I started and move more towards a Waldorf/unschooling style. Right now my kids do Math, reading/LA, science and history plus PE if you count all of our time at Taekwondo plus Tharen's roller derby. My oldest is finishing 5th and my youngest is 2nd. We work in crafts and art time ect but it isn't an actual curriculum for us. I am hoping to do handicrafts and teach the ocarina this year. I have a friend in Germany who says he will teach the boys German over Skype.
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