This is for those of you who lay awake the night before the first day of school. Who were more excited than your mom about the end of summer. Who love the smell of Scotch tape. Who would be thrilled with a " . . . bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils." (And extra points if you recognize that movie quote!)
We enjoyed last year's schooling so much that we ordered Katie's school curriculum again from Sonlight Curriculum. This company is a wonderful fit for our family. They are evangelical Christians, so all of the teacher guides are written from a Biblical worldview -- that's our favorite part! They also emphasize learning about other cultures and missions. (One of Katie's books this year includes a section on missions in the Central Asian country I've been to the last two years.) Another thing we really like is that there is a lot of reading. Some things I read out loud (Read Alouds) to Katie and some she reads on her own (Readers) and we discuss them.
Some of the Read Alouds I'm excited about are Ginger Pye, A Cricket in Times Square, Tales of Robin Hood, And the Word Came With Power (missionary stories from the Philippines), A Little Princess, and The Twenty-one Balloons.
Katie's Readers include some of my childhood favorites: B is for Betsy, Ralph S. Mouse, Henry and Ribsy, Encyclopedia Brown, Little House on Rocky Ridge, Socks, and More Stories from Grandma's Attic.
Katie will also learn about dinosaurs, electricity, Gladys Aylward, Michelangelo, Peter the Great, Queen Elizabeth, and memorize the countries of the world and the states of America (in theory!). Midway through the year she'll also start cursive writing, which she is very excited about. So that's an overview -- my nerdiness is satisfied!