Hope you guys all had a wonderful weekend! I definitely enjoyed some cooler weather and some GREAT family time.
As I mentioned, I am starting Kindergarten with Channing this year (we actually started today). He misses the cut off here in the USA for Kindergarten this year but would start in Australia in January 2013. Since our baby is due at the beginning of December and will be a c-section, there is no way we will make it in time for him to start school. I’m guessing that he’ll miss the whole first term!
I did ask at his preschool if he could be moved to the pre K class rather than the 4 year old class just so he’s more prepared but the answer was no. We LOVE our preschool and will keep sending Channing (it’s only 3 mornings a week for 2 and a bit hours) for the social factors but I plan on “catching him up” on all the Kinder “knows” so he won’t be behind before he even starts in Australia.
We’ll have to see how it all goes……the baby will be born on December 3rd and I think it’ll take me a few weeks to feel well enough after the c-section and THEN, we found out last week that our school will be moving us out of our student home over Christmas (and into some kind of apartment until the end of January when we’ll lose our job). That means when we move out, ALL of our things (apart from 3 suitcases) will be shipped to Australia. We’ll basically be living out of those little suitcases for possibly 3 months. I’m not sure HOW we’re going to continue with school during all this but I will do whatever I have to so that Channing just needs to worry about making friends and getting used to a new country.
I spent MANY hours looking at what was out there and while I could have come up with my own, I decided to save myself lots of extra hours (that I don’t have) and the MAIN curriculum we’ll be using is……….
My Father’s World By Marie Hazell. I love it for a few reasons:
A. I LOVE that each week the focus is not only on a letter but on a Biblical truth…..unlike some of the other curriculums out there, that truth is taught throughout almost every lesson and not just in the devotion.
B. I love that it incorporates many different subject areas and is flexible.
C. It lends itself to me being able to create things for Channing to do that go along with it :-)
While MFW claims that it is a complete curriculum, I do believe that it is geared more for preschool or a younger Kinder child. For a child going to regular school (possibly in the middle of the program) it would not cover everything. Soooooo, MFW will be our main curriculum but we’ll also be adding:
Extra things made my me such as:
My Sentence Book (available soon)
My Little Word Book (available soon)
My Journal (available soon)
My Stories (available soon)
I am also using these things created by Aussie teacher Rhonda Baldacchino (check out her blog “ Classroom Fun”)
I think her packets are FANTASTIC and I LOVE peeking into her classroom :-)
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing how I’m going to pull all these things together and make it work for us.