three r’s

July 19, 2011


I have always just let her play and read books to her, but I think it is time to get to work now. 

I know that she is very interested in learning to read and write  (she makes up her own runes, has loved reading since she was a tiny thing, and is always writing “essays”) and it is time for kindergarten anyhow.

The foundation for L’s kindergarten year has come together thanks to friends, friends of friends, and various hs and educational communities that I found on-line. Taking into account what others said about them and my goals for her education, these are the materials I settled on for the core subjects, you know, those three R’s.

For reading and writing:

(starting with) Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann

(after about lesson 75 when the standard alphabet is introduced)  Letters and Numbers for Me by Jan Olsen

(after Englelmann and Olsen) First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise

and for math:

RightStart Mathematics Level A Lessons For Home Educators by Joanne Cotter

(and if we move through that without problems we will move on to level B)

Of course I decided on all this without any hs experience or formal educational training so ask me at the end of the year how they worked out for us.


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