I said I was going to homeschool through the summer. Nope. I need a break. Although we enjoyed Little Hearts For His Glory, at this point it is too easy for Lucy. We're shelving it and going with the next level in the fall. Lucy is still reading through the Emerging Readers set; I certainly can't stop her. She asked for books for her birthday and loves to read. :) We may still read through the Burgess books this summer as the girls LOVE those. We'll see. I like the freedom of being able to stop and just breathe and enjoy summer.
I always enjoy planning our homeschool curriculum for the coming year. I haven't had to do much searching this time because we are looking forward to using Beyond Little Hearts For His Glory. I placed my order tonight from Heart of Dakota and have several of the read alouds on hold at the library so I can read them myself ahead of time. The girls are pretty sensitive, so I want to be sure I am choosing story time books they will enjoy. I'm excited that some of my favorites as a child are scheduled this year - In Grandma's Attic, Mr Popper's Penguins, and more.
Lucy will be using Explode the Code books, and Artistic Pursuits (she really likes this art program, we did a portion of it last year). Other than that, we are using everything as recommended by Heart of Dakota (Singapore Math, etc). I have a Playmobil covered wagon set with a family that was mine when I was little. I am planning to give it to the girls sometime during the year; I think they will enjoy acting out some of the stories we will be reading.
Julia is turning four at the beginning of August and loves joining in with Lucy when she can. I'm sure she will listen during story time and participate in any crafts. She has such a different personality and learning style than Lucy, that I am definitely not teaching her the same way Lucy learned at that age. We are planning to use Learn Your Letters Learn to Serve (Click here to view more details) and The Reading Lesson at a slow pace as she shows interest. I'm excited about Learn Your Letters Learn to Serve because Julia has a very caring heart toward others and I can see this really nurturing that in her. The activities look like things our whole family will enjoy, although it will take a bit of planning in order to fit it in.
I am debating getting a preschool table and chair set, kind of like this, or small desks, or just continuing to use our kitchen table. The table is fairly small, and I like the idea of having a kid sized workspace, but that means Esther would get into whatever the older girls are doing. We would also have to really rearrange things to even be able to fit that table in our house. What do you think?
Are you planning ahead for the fall yet? Any fun ideas to share?