Thursday, May 24, 2007

My WinterPromise Curriculum and Why I Love It.

Our Animals and Their Worlds theme Science books.

These are the "One Small Square" Books which form the backbone of our Animals and Their Worlds theme. We will have 7 habitats to study: African Savanna, Woods, Swamp, Rainforest, Coral Reef, Arctic Tundra, and Desert. The books have information AND activities for us.

This is the "advanced" book set... I think they look extremely fascinating.

The DK Animal Encyclopedia gives us lots of details and wonderful illustrations about all the animals we will study.

These are "just for fun" read-aloud books, and our "God Made Everything Weird and Wacky/Strange and Slimy" devotional books.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Activity books

This is Mommy's part.... the activity books and Instructor's guide. I am beyond thrilled to have found WinterPromise, because they give me plenty of options for hands-on activities. The two books you see here are a little young for Joshua, so I will save some of the activities for Andrew's Kindergarten year!

Here are the "older" activity books. This is the part I need SOOO much help planning. I am not nearly brave or creative enough to come up with this stuff independently. If I have a schedule that tells me to "go outside and look for bugs" and then "draw them in your notebook", we will actually DO that! (I know that from our experience this year with Hands on Homeschooling K).

These are Joshua's activity books, and the Eric Carle poetry book. We read one page of animal poems each week. Joshua is already an Eric Carle fan and I am a huge poetry fan, so I know this book will be a winner. I am also really looking forward to using the "My Animal Notebook" pages. They will help us cement our knowledge of the "animal of the week."

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Language Arts and Chess

Sorry, this one is blurry... but you get the idea. "Real" books for our readers for first grade Language Arts. Joshua grabbed "Tentacles, Tales of the Giant Squid" when our box was delivered.

For the truly curriculum obsessed, a shot of our phonics, grammar and spelling books. ;-P

This we have already begun! Knights of the Square Table: A Knight's First Moves. Joshua has loved Chess from the first time his daddy taught him the moves. This will help him "beat Daddy" eventually.

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