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Homeschooling the Littles with the Classics

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I LOVE books! In fact, one thing you will find in every room of my house is books. I love many different kinds of books, but the classics… ahh you can never go wrong with children’s classics. So when I set out with all of my catalogs, and my notebook to figure out a homeschooling plan for this year, I kept coming back to great books and our love for cuddling up in one room and reading. Wouldn’t it be nice for every child to hear and learn with the classics?
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Schooling the Littles with Classic Books & Wonderful Activities

Little B (6 years old) and Bells (2 years old)
Classics are tried and true books that keep people coming back year after year. Books that have been around for decades and probably will be around for many more years to come. Books that you remember from childhood and are still just as good or even better now that you’re reading them to your children. Books like Caps for Sale(one of my favorites growing up), Corduroy, and Eloise Wilkin Stories (Little Golden Book Collection).  So to start off sharing what we have planned for the year we are reading through several of Sonlight Core A books, and for Bells, we got Core P 3/4. We have already finished several of the books, and we loved them. A few favorites so far are Curious George, My Father’s Dragon, and The Boxcar Children.
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We are also using Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) – We started rowing and have completed Blueberries for Sal, Goodnight Moon, and Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? I can’t say enough great things about FIAR. I have used it for several years, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong when you mix classic stories and multisensory learning.   
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We are using Explode the Code with Little B for extra phonetic learning and handwriting skills. 
 
For Math, we do a lot of hands on living Math and include Math in our BFIAR and unit studies. 
  
 All about Reading is AMAZING! We recently added it, and it’s been great, I’ll be sharing more All About Reading information in the future. For our family, I have found that it works best when we have several things to work with. This way it breaks up the day and keeps everybody excited. The kids are happy, and momma is happy.
Spelling Can Be Easy When It's Multisensory

We like Signing Time CollectionBooks, CDs, and DVDs. I will be adding to our language learning this year, by using books, games, and fun activities in other languages. I can’t wait to show you the great things I’ve found for language.

Signing Time Online Dictionary: Learn ASL Signs!

Bells will be joining us for everything that she wants to sit in for. Which so far is everything. I have also made up some busy boxes with daily themes for her to explore on her own (I’ll share those soon).

A few of the Unit Studies I have planned are Jellyfish which you can see part 1  and part 2 here.
Plants/Planting, Weather, The Little House Series, Anatomy, Animals, and the Frog Life Cycle.

For some, it might seem like we have a lot going on, for others, it might seem to be a laid back approach. For us, it works.  Great books and wonderful educational activities are always around us. I’m a true believer that when I mix Montessori, Charlotte Mason, Reggio Emilia, Unit studies, and Delight directed/Free Range Learning into our life, we don’t have to adhere to a strict schedule. Instead, we have a lifestyle of learning all of the time.

I am not a teacher,
But an awakener
~ Robert Frost
If you would like to check out what the older boys (8 and 10) will be doing click here.
Sonlight Curriculum

 

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