As a guide this year, we are primarily using Oak Meadow's Kindergarten Curriculum. What I love most about the Oak Meadow curriculum is that is it based on a natural daily and weekly rhythm. Each day the child knows what to expect as the day flows from awakening to bedtime in an orderly fashion. This curriculum is not based solely on formal instruction, it encompasses things like having a peaceful bedtime ritual as part of the curriculum. I love the calmness of it all.
Learning also happens through the day formally and informally. Formally each week the child has main lesson work where they learn a new letter and number. They explore the natural world around them through nature and the environment and may draw a picture of what they experienced. They are very intuned with the seasons and most formal activities are based on expolring there natural environment both outside and in the home. Informally, I love that the natural rhythm of the home is incorporated into the curriculum. Daily activities like food preperation, bread baking, sweeping, and doing laundry are incorporated into the curriculum. It all flows so naturally. Ordinary life and learning opportunities. The first week of school went beautifully. We used the curriculum but also followed Ian's learning interests.
We started off the first week of school with a special pancake breakfast, requested by the little one. Of course train shaped pancakes were in order for our oldest while our little one requested her pancakes in the shape of a butterfly!
First day of school photos were then taken followed by a neighborhood bike ride to burn off some energy before having to focus on our main lesson time. We would like to make exercising a regular part of our morning routine.
When we returned, we began our first circle time. We sang the Alphabet Song, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, and of course a train song called the Wheels on the Train. Ian was ready to help act out the song with his handy train whistle.
We then followed up by doing an arts and craft activity. Ian enjoyed pressing his hands in his main lesson book.
We kept the day short and sweet. We still wanted to get outside and enjoy the last of the summer weather as well as engage in creative play of course. Overall the day was so much fun and exciting for all. We can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!