I have also provided downloadable spelling, grammar, geography, and phonics workbooks on the right hand side. These are super awesome and will get you through most of the year. You will need to print them out or you can buy the workbooks under the "Curriculum Supplies to Purchase" section of the sidebar. I have compiled these and made them available for purchase; I am not profiting from this, as all of the proceeds go toward helping other parents pay for their workbooks when they fall on hard times. You are more or less paying for the cost to print, bind, and ship the book to you...it is cheaper than paying for ink and paper (I tried this myself to prove it). Either way, do what works for your family.
We use plenty of textbooks and reading books from the library too. I have tried to provided links to free versions of books or Amazon links to those that I couldn't find for free. But, I would check your local library. You don't have to use the exact same book as us...just use a book on the same topic. On the right, you will find a running list of books we are using for the year, and books for each week.
I've attached some videos here that are totally optional, but you may find helpful. We don't use media to learn, but many students can benefit from them if the instructor isn't 100% confident in teaching the material.
Tools You Need for the Entire Year
- Loose-leaf paper, spiral-bound notebook, or a composition book. One for Reading, Writing and Spelling, one for math, one for science, and one for history.
- Blank paper for art
- Miscellaneous supplies for crafts (toilet paper rolls, glue, etc...)
- Pencils and pens
- Math: Saxon Math 3 Intermediate, Lesson 1
- Reading: 30 minutes independent reading + Short A review
- Writing: Spelling Lesson + Write in journal
- Grammar: "What is a sentence?"
- Music or Art
Questions to Answer Today:
1. How old are you?
2. When is your birthday?
3. What month is it?
4. How many months until Christmas?
5. How many days are there in a week?
Otherwise, use the following worksheets. Other worksheets are available at TLSbooks.com, if you want to check those out, but these are what you'll need for today:
We are using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Reading this year. I will provide you simple lessons so you don't have to buy that book unless you absolutely require it. However, after reading it, I would suggest just following this lesson guide.
Also, download the worksheets here
After completing the spelling lesson, have the student respond to this prompt: "What would you make for a party?" Encourage your child to write at least 5-7 sentences. Don't hover. Allow the student to spell and write however she wants to...correct it when she is done and talk about the errors...but also talk about the response positively.
"What is a Sentence"
Download the workbook to the right. It has all of the lessons needed for the first half of the school year. Do pages 1-3 of the "Sentences" lesson. Save the other half for tomorrow.
(Note: We found the entire series at the library and are reading a chapter a day. You can find it on Amazon in paperback, hardback, and as an e-book.)
If you can't find that, then I would suggest reading this. Just chapter one.
If your student can read, encourage them to read it; if not, then read it aloud. Be sure to ask prompting questions about what you read.