Fall 2010 (1st)

Great Fun Children’s School
(c/o Connecting Waters Charter School independent home study program)

Fall 2010 Curriculum
First Grade

Primary goal: create a nourishing homeschool environment in which joyfulness, self-governance, and a relaxed playful childhood can flourish.


NaNoWriMo Elementary Workbook, p1-19. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, 2c, p.1-30.
Time4learning.com, phonics and spelling, 2nd grade level. StudyIsland.com, 1st grade level.
Daily books-on-tape (cd): Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Harry Potter series, and others. Audiobooks list (K5)  from Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer.
Public library visits, independent reading. (Mostly comix and manga: Garfield, The Last Airbender, Inuyasha, Majoko.)

Singapore Math, Standards Edition,
1B, pp39-end.
Time4learning.com, 2nd grade level. StudyIsland.com, 1st grade level. Math-U-See, Alpha.
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, chapters 1-3. Misc workbooks, video games, picture books. Addition, subtraction, place value, basic multiplication, fractions.

History & Geography
Story of the World, Volume II: The Middle Ages,
by Susan Wise Bauer, chapters 1-10, with related reading (especially mythology) from the Activity Book.
My First Amazing World Explorer 2.0 software by DK.

4-H Inventions, 1x/mo. 4-H LEGO simple machines, 1x/mo. Mission Science class, 1x/mo.
Bill Nye the Science Guy videos, episodes 16-. Gardening with Dad.  Monthly visits to UCB Botanical Garden. Lawrence Hall of Science, 2x/mo.

Foreign Language
Mandarin Chinese:Weekly class with Po-Wen Chen.
Weekly class with Jennifer Briffa.

4-H Ceramics, 1x/mo. UUSF art class, 1x/mo.
4-H Outdoor Adventures, 1x/mo.

Values, Religion, & Character
Jewish, Christian, Humanist, Pagan, and Chinese traditions.
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
. Chochmat Halev. Church Without Walls. Girl Scouts (Daisy).

Phys Ed
Gymnastics  at UC Village Rec Center, 1x/wk.
West Berkeley Family Dance Jam, 2x/mo.
Park Day with SFBUN or AOHL at local playgrounds.

Attachment parenting.
Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age.

Links to online activities – PaiGames site:

Curricula under evaluation:
Sophie’s World: a Novel about the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder (hardback, cd, and dvd)
CCEA New Sprouts Chinese School (Saturday morning classes)