I have twin boys who are in Public School Kindergarten. While they are doing awesome in Kindergarten I wanted to supplement it with extra stuff at home. After doing a ton of research I settled on Ambleside Online as the program that would work best for us. We also supplement with Life of Fred, Ray’s Arithmetic, tons of early readers, and I just picked up All About Spelling to play around with.
The key to doing it as an after schooling program is to “Go. Very. Very. Slow.” Each week is taking us around 2 – 3 weeks to accomplish, and I don’t expect to finish Y1 until around October which gives us a full 52 weeks to get through it. I am planning that next summer we will pick up the pace a bit.
We read a story or two each night before bed and on the weekends we do things that take longer such as Math, the Burgess Bird book with coloring, extra nature studies, kitchen fun, and habit training. I also have found that allowing video games on a limited basis has really helped to boost their reading and reasoning skills at a dramatic level.
All of this is kept light weight and fun. If things start to get to heavy we take a break and stick with stories instead. They love Section time. They also have homework sometimes that they need to do and that always comes first.
I took a composition book and printed up the Y1 plan (I removed a few things that we aren’t doing and added in their replacements). I glued and taped the plan into the front of the book.
I started to call them Sections instead of weeks to appease my very literal 5yo boy who got upset that we didn’t finish it in a single week. We are also doing poetry memorization. So far they have memorized 24 poems and I rotate each boy through the full list. When they recite a poem properly we cross it off the list. We also read new poems 5 times during the Section. When we come across one that they like and might want to memorize it goes on a separate list. Each time I create a new section I add one or two new ones to the list and they do those 4 – 5 times during the Section. We also do free reads on audible in the car on the way to and from school and those will also get added to this page. The boys are doing the BookIt program for school (I’m not a big fan but don’t fight it). Each day they read to me out of a book at their reading levels for around 10 minutes or so.
We also tracked December Christmas books. The boys got to open one each day during the month of December. They loved it and we all had a blast with it.