Topic | how do I ease in with a 5/6 YO?

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  • caedmyn

    I’ve been looking into various homeschool curriculums/methods for my 5.5 YO DD (6 in December).  She’ll be attending a traditional Christian half-day school this fall so I’ll actually be afterschooling her.  I’m not sure how compatible that will be with CM but the approach seems like what I want and I’d like to try.

    I’m really not sure where to begin.  I’d like to use this year to ease into CM.  I’m not sure whether to begin with kindergarten level stuff or 1st grade stuff.  She can read already and loves books and learning new things.  I have a 2.5 YO and a 10 month old as well and am generally frazzled & overwhelmed so I need something that’s somewhat laid out but not a strict schedule.  I need the flexibility to skip days or do less some days.  I’d like to spend no more than about 30 minutes a day 4-5 days a week on afterschooling.  Is this possible or feasible?

    Also, does anyone know if Miquon Math is compatible with CM?  That’s the math program I was planning to use (purchased but not started). 


    I personally wouldn’t spend more than 30 min. on afterschooling…esp. if she has homework.  We only spent about 2 hrs. total on school in K.  Is there something in particular you’re trying to accomplish?  Is the math not adequate at her school?  I’m not sure if Miquon is CM friendly, hopefully someone else will chime in!  We ust Math-U-See which is CM friendly, doesn’t take much time. 

    Unless there’s something lacking in her school’s teaching, I’d probably focus on CM activities the school doesn’t provide.  Nature walks would be great, and the whole family would enjoy them.  And I’d read some quality, non-twaddle literature.  HTH some:)  Gina


    For afterschooling for math, I would get the Rightstart Math Card Games and just play lots of games that match where she is in school.  Possibly getting their “Activities for the Al Abacus” as well if you need to do more.  (and get their abacus)


    I don’t know much about afterschooling, but Gina’s suggestions seem right to me.  Keep it light and fun.  So a nature walk one day, a picture study one day, listening to good music in the evenings, and a good non-twaddle book read before bed….


    I was going to say the same thing as Gina – if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and keep it flexible, I’d focus on some of the CM type subjects that she won’t get at school such as nature walks/keeping a nature journal, reading aloud excellent literature, and maybe some picture and/or music study.   The ‘basics’ (math, reading, writing) I would imagine would be covered adequately at her school.  My dd and I (she’s also 5 going on 6 in October) have really enjoyed getting more into nature study this past year – and I am NOT a nature sort of a girl at all. Smile



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