Well, after Vincent's nap, he calmed down and had a pretty good day for school. I also found a Kindergarten skill test online at www.tampareads.com/skills/kindergarten/test-html.htm
I don't really like public school “standards” but it's nice to know where most kids need to be before they enter the 1st grade. Vincent is doing preschool right now, and he already knows about half the stuff on this test. Now I'm working on some of the other things in addition to what we're already doing.
Vincent has learned “The Pledge of Allegience” per the request of Nick, and we start out every school day with that. Then we do prayer. For one of his AWANA activities, Vincent has made his own prayer list, and that's what we pray to start out his school time. Then we read a chapter or two out of the bible…right now we are reading the Gospel of John and just finished chapter 5. After bible reading and discussion, we pick a devotion out of his devotional, “Gotta Have God,” which is a devotional for boys ages 2-5. If he has a lesson to do out of his AWANA book, we will do that after this.
Next, we move on to worksheets I pick out from his book. We bought a complete kindergarten basic curriculum workbook up at Sam's and he is working his way through that. Plus he has a thinking skills workbook and a fun maze book (he LOVES mazes and is very good at them) that we got him from Walmart. Today, he learned how to write his uppercase and lowercase U's and did some activities involving the numbers 13 and 14 (we're working our way up to 20). Also, since he finished working with 12 yesterday, we dabbled into time a little bit.
Then we do a little break and have a snack, and if he wants, he can do an activity out of his Precious Moments activity book (which is usually more learning anyway). Then we do our reading and any added activities. Right now, we're reading out of “Dinosaurs by Design.” We also have a sticker book that has all kinds of dinosaur stickers with a small blurb about the dinosaur. We do one per day and then go to enchantedlearning.com to learn a little more about that dinosaur and print out a coloring page for Vincent to color. Then I hang it on our wall above our desk so that he can look at them and once in a while I will quiz him out of nowhere on what the dinosaurs are called…he's getting really good at remembering the names. So far, we have learned about the Pterodactylus, the Diplodocus, the Compsognathus and the Brachiosaurus.
I also made reading flashcards for color words and also for number words 1-10 and we are going through that right now. I am also going through the calendar with him now, too. Besides the color and number words, he can read about 10 other words without help as well. He can also spell and write his name and the word apple and ball without any help.
So, now that I've written a novel, can you tell I'm excited we're back into our school routine?
For Kindergarten, we are considering either My Father's World or KONOS. I would love to hear opinions of those who have used either of these. Any other suggestions are also welcome!