Great Fun Language School
Spring 2010 Curriculum
Primary goal: create a nourishing homeschool environment in which joyfulness, self-governance, and a relaxed playful childhood can flourish.
First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Levels 1 & 2, by Jessie Wise, lessons 1-35.
Spelling Workout A, by Phillip K. Trocki, Modern Curriculum Press, lessons 1-11. Time4learning.com, phonics and spelling, 2nd grade level. Also some Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes, for learning phonetic spelling/writing.
Daily books-on-tape (cd): Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and others. Audiobooks list (K5) from Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer.
Public library visits, independent reading. (Picture books, easy reader chapter books. Help Me Be Good. First Graders From Mars.) The Well-Trained Mind, second grade reading list ( “Medieval Times”). Bedtime and daytime read-alouds by parents.
Singapore Math, Standards Edition. Finish 1A; did 1B, pp1-39.
Time4learning.com, 2nd grade level.
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 I: Ancient Times, by Susan Wise Bauer, with Activity Book and related supplements on myth, stories, and art, w some map work. Greece, Biblical lands, Americas, Rome, India.
My First Amazing World Explorer 2.0 software by DK.
Children of the Universe: Cosmic Education in the Montessori Elementary Classroom – Michael and D’Neil Duffy.
Why? : the best ever question and answer book about nature, science and the world around you, by Catherine Ripley.
Stepping Stones to Science: True Tales and Awesome Activities, by Kendall F. Haven, pp1-70, and related books. (Biographies of famous scientists). Science Experiments You Can Eat, by Vicki Cobb and David Cain.
Bill Nye the Science Guy videos, episodes 1-15. The Way Things Work videos. Gardening with Dad. Monthly visits to UCB Botanical Garden. Lawrence Hall of Science, about 2x/mo.
BetterChinese.com, My First Chinese Words, online lessons 13-24. Workbook lessons 1-12.
Weekly class with Po-Wen Chen, May 3-June 7, 2010.
Brighter Child Spanish, Grade 2 workbook.
Reading Rainbow beginning readers from public library. Additional bilingual picture books, by Pat Mora and others.
Values, Religion, & Character
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 3x/mo.
Jewish, Christian, Humanist, Pagan, and Chinese traditions.
Teaching Your Children Values, by Linda and Richard Eyre. Courage, Kindness.
Help Me Be Good / Let’s Talk About series by Joy Wilt Berry.
Gymnastics at UC Village Rec Center, 1x/wk.
West Berkeley Family Dance Jam, 2x/mo.
Strawberry Creek and other local playgrounds.
Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age.
Visual Arts: Tuesday art class at UC Village, Jan-Feb. Friday ceramics class at community rec center, Jan-Feb. Sunday art classes at UUSF, 2x/mo. Art history books related to Story of the World. Visits to San Francisco museums.
Music: Beethoven’s Wig series by Richard Perlmutter, CDs 1-4. Progressive Keyboard Method for Beginners, Book 1 with DVD, by Gary Turner. Music Ace Deluxe software by Harmonic Vision.
Dance: West Berkeley Family Dance Jam
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)
ASL – Return to Signing Time?