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We have decided to begin homeschooling our children this fall. We will have one in 1st grade and one in kindergarten. I've become extremely overwhelmed with researching curriculum. I am certain that for the first year I want to do one full curriculum and not pull different subjects from different places. I'm sure this will happen eventually as I see what I like and don't like, but for the first year I'm trying to keep things very simple.
Right now, I'm debating between Seton, Kolbe, Mother of Divine Grace, and Catholic Heritage.
Can anyone provide some comparisons for me on these curriculums? I do know that we'll definitely be using Saxon math...beyond that I'm completely clueless!!
YAY for Saxon Math!! If you buy the old, hardcover books on eBay, they will last longer and are better for home schoolers. But Saxon starts in earnest in the 3rd grade, so you will need to start working with flash cards in the mean time. However your kids are still so young, you need to start slowly and work up to speed drills as time goes on. Please do not switch away from Saxon, it is such a good program and other math texts tend to be full of colorful pictures that have nothing to do with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing! Saxon is so clearly laid out that kids can actually work the problems by themselves!
As for a curriculum...Did your 1st grader go to K this year? Is he/she reading or almost reading? Did you look at the worksheets he brought home? There is not a whole lot of academics that a Kindergartner needs - very basic teaching like numbers, letters, sounds, the weather, the holidays, nature, and a lot of play. Emphasis on play! Read to both of them, A LOT, get them outdoors A LOT. Take them with you everywhere! Talk to them about what you are doing - grocery shopping, running errands, visiting friends or family - anything can be a lesson. Go to museums and the zoo if you have one. Get books from the library about ANY interest they have. Read, read, read!!
But don't get heavy into academics - remember kindergartners still get a rest period after lunch, and many 1st graders could use one. In fact when both of my sons were in 1sst grade I wished for a half-day like they had in K! Please do not push your children but let them go at their own pace.
I hope you live in a home school friendly state. I urge you to join the home school coalition in your state and contribute to their legal fund. You never know - you might need them some day!