I just wanted to second the Italic handwriting. Most handwriting programs have the children learn one set of letters for printing and a whole DIFFERENT set of letters for cursive writing. That is very impractical and its the main reason so many people have bad cursive writing! Italic cursive is similar to printing with more flourishes and joins and it is very easy to learn. We use Italic by Getty-Dubay and StartWrite for extra practice, thank you letters, copywork, etc.
Last year was my first year homeschooling, too. I’ve been learning/reading about CM methods for about 2 years and I love what I’ve read about. Last year, we used My Father’s World – Kindergarten and it was a perfect fit. I tried FIAR too and it just didn’t work.
My Father’s World (MFW) kindergarten is a complete curriculum. The first ten days of the curriculum are all about creation. From there, each week there is a theme based on what letter of the alphabet you’re working on (a-apple, b-butterfly). Those themes are turned into science topics. We had so much fun with the topics. There is also book suggestions per weekly unit/theme. We found just about all of the suggested book at our local library.
Godly, positive character training and scripture is gently placed throughout the curriculum. I can’t say enough about how thorough the phonics program was for kindergarten. Your son will learn a catchy “a-a-apple” son to remember each letter sound. There are simple worksheets (maybe 1 a day…if that) that help reinforce the phonics lessons.
I’d highly recommend it for your first year of homeschooling. You’ll have a daily plan spelled out for you. My Father’s World kindergarten is just wonderful. I think you’d really enjoy it.
And in the meantime, you can slowly read up on more CM methods and implement various other things in 1st grade. 🙂