HELP!!! I am feeling VERY overwhelmed at coming up with a curriculum to use with my duaghter this year. She is entering 2nd grade, and it is our 3rd year homeschooling (we started 2 weeks into Kindergarten)
We already use Time4Learning (though have not used it much in the past 4-5 months) and are very consistent with Reading Eggs and Math Seeds which she loves. She has begun to read the BOB books pretty consistently, but had a serious speech delay and is far behind her peers in reading skills.
So.....I need serious help!!!
Here is what we have done - and are doing - we are already ramping back up and into the school year as of this week - slowly with Rock n Leanr Phonics DVD's, Reading Eggs, Math Seeds, and her daily reading time with Mom and Dad as well as her reading at least 1 or 2 BOB books daily.
Language Arts - With her speech delay, I know Reading/Language Arts/etc needs to be top of our list. what curriculum is cheap an easy to use for helping her bridge that gap and start reading?
Math - Best curriculum for a hands on learner? She definitely needs/wants/ does best with manipulatives. We have time to the hour down, and addition with single digits. She knows 2d & 3d shapes, has started with measurement. Subtraction still confuses her somewhat and she defintiely needs visual/physical clues with that - she LOVES the Subtracting Sardines app on her iPad.
Science - We still have ALL of the Magic School Bus kits we ordered for last year, from Hmeschool Buyers Co-Op. we will try to use those this year. She loves science and last year we studied states of matter, volcanoes, all kinds of animals and habitats, raised monarch caterpillars (life cycles), grew crystals, and we watch LOTS of Wild Kratts, Magic School Bus on Netflix, etc.
Social Studies & History - We studied about Ancient Egypt, talked about the pilgrims, learned about maps and places/community helpers. We were pretty lax on that last year, just doing things that caught her fancy during the year. Any ideas on a better focus - or curriculum that would be good for next year?
PE - We just use park days, play time with friends, exercise videos on YouTube, she LOVES the Mr. Mark ones and I may either order some DVD's or find a way to pay for a year of streaming for that. But she is a VERY physical child so I never worry about that!
Art - She loves doing art, and I haven't done anything formal with art styles or art history. We might start this year.Any thoughts on what would be good for that?
Music - Nothing formal here yet either - we just listen to a HUGE variety of music - classical during school time, and almost everything else other times, as well as classical. She knows her instruments and their "family" already though.
Thank you for any and all helpful suggestions!!!