Bandy wrote:If you did/are doing Adventures with a kiddo the recommended age (2nd-ish) and have a Kindy (or youngster) tagging along, what did you buy for the kindy? I see that one might need the US placemat/map, art book/marker cards, student sheets, anything else?
My youngster that would tag-along is very much interested in what older sister is doing and will certainly, without a doubt, want to do what sissy is doing. Plus, I love the idea of learning together as a family.
However... I haven't completely decided if little sister will begin MFW K as her own or if I will just sort of roll her in with big sissy in Adventures, she would then do her own LA/math from other resources. Decisions, decisions. So, I guess I am looking for recommendations, as well, as far as what to do with kindy girl... roll her into Adventures (skip over MFW K) with big sissy and buy her the second student resources for that, or place her in MFW K as her own program and not worry too much about combining her into Adventures. I guess it boils down to trying to pretty much "combine" them in Adv. now, as a 2nd grader and a Ker, or place Ker in MFW K as her own thing and casually include her in Adventures?
Of course, time is always an issue. I feel like I constantly struggle with balancing our homeschool commitments with life in general. I feel like together-time works best overall yet, I want to meet the individual needs of my kiddos as well. What did you do, or what would you do? I stay awake at night thinking about this stuff : ) Thanks very much.
I just combined a Ker and 2nd grader in Adventures. Adventures is a very fun year. My Ker did everything except the writing aspects. You do need the student sheets for her. She will be able to use most of them to some degree or another. My Ker followed along and pretty much learned everything her big sister did.
However, don't skip K entirely. She still needs the phonics. You need a good foundation in learning to read. We omitted the K science, Bible and stuff, and just did the phonics. So, we basically did just the yellow pages, Day 1-6.
That will end up looking like Adventures - together
2nd grader, own math and LA
Ker, own math and phonics
This is very very doable and a very productive year for all involved.
An example of the writing changes I made for Adventures. When big sister had to color and write about a historical person, little sis colored and copied his name. Other than little things like that, little sister did and loved everything.
Rereading your post and your comment about time. The way I mentioned about is definitely more time productive than doing them separate, even though you are using the K curriculum. The phonics takes about 15-20ish minutes a day. Very essential, imo, but not time consuming. It is all the science and activities that use the bulk of the time. That is what I would replace with Adv.
I LOVE the together time. It really promotes family bonding and sisterly love to work together. I loved it.