A few weeks ago we started using First Language Lessons. The kids — and DD (age 5) in particular — are enjoying it. We’ve memorized three poems and are enjoying the leisurely introduction to common and proper nouns. This curriculum suits us at this point. The lessons are in small bits (we spent about 10 minutes, but often do more than one lesson) and most importantly DD enjoys them a lot.
We’ve been reading a lot together. I’m using the Five in a Row book list to add in lots and lots of new read alouds for DD and ED (and often LD too!).
I’ve thrown in a lot of these sorting activities to the kids’ workboxes. It takes them about 2 or 3 minutes to sort them.
These are all from Oceans of First Grade Fun:
ED has been working on letter sounds and this Melissa and Doug puzzle currently gets a lot of use.
Reading: LD and DD do independent reading every day. LD loves Beast Quest books, Andrew Lost and AtoZ Mysteries. He reads at least two books a day; he loves to read! DD is picking up lots of picture books and is reading through the Beacon Second Grade fairy tales that I mentioned a couple of days ago.