Now of course I haven’t tried all the curriculum out there but these are the ones that have had great reviews and I too am enjoying using.
Handwriting Without Tears
Pumpkin 1 really needs help with her handwriting. We started with cursive and she knows her cursive lowercase letters to read but not to write and she wants to write in print so I’m going with that. The HWT program works very well with montessori other than being print and starting with capitals but those are easier for a child to form. Also it doesn’t mean you can’t be teaching them lowercase letters for your moveable alphbet and sandpaper letters. The HWT program at first can be purely a fine motor exercise.
This program is great and really helps a child to visualize numbers. I really like the use of the abacus. We combine it with Montessori Math as there’s nothing like the golden beads and stamp game. They’re just amazing. But I think the ability to visual the abacus in the mind makes a huge difference in doing sums in the head. I also plan to introduce the Japanese abacus when Pumpkin 1 is 6.
Building the Foundations of Scientific Understanding
This book is excellent and fits in perfectly with Montessori. It’s very hands on and lists a number of books for kids on each topic. It helps build a great foundation of understanding the world around us. It covers several grades. Many of the books recommend in it are from the series “Let’s Read and Find Out” which are wonderful books I keep adding to our small collection of them as we learn a new topic.
The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading
I’ve found this to be an excellent reference to all the letter combinations and phonograms a child needs to learn. It also gives examples of words for each combination and sentences and paragraphs to read. I use it more as a reference than an actual curriculum.
Explode the Code
Pumpkin 1 for some reason doesn’t like using the moveable alphabet but likes workbooks. I was finding she just wasn’t getting enough practise with new word combinations or sounding out. When she reads she prefers to memorize words rather than sound them out. These workbooks get her doing more phonetic reading Though they seem to repeat the same type of activity over and over with just new sounds. We started with book 1 just for review and filling in any gaps. She likes to colour the pictures after she’s done her work in the book for the day.
Keys of the World
These are excellent Montessori Albums for a very reasonable price. I couldn’t get by without them. The theory album is a must read. If you’re planning to homeschool in the Montessori method I highly recommend these.
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