Spring 2011 (1st)

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

Spring 2011 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, p20-48. Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, 2c, p.30-90.
StudyIsland.com, 2nd grade level.
Daily books-on-tape (cd): Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Harry Potter series, D’Aulaires Greek Myths, Odysseus by Geraldine McCaughrean, Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer, The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White, Jeremy Thatcher and Juliet Dove by Bruce Coville, and others.
Public library visits, independent reading. (Mostly comix and manga: Garfield, The Last Airbender, Inuyasha, Majoko.)

Singapore Math, Standards Edition,2A
and 2B.
StudyIsland.com, 2nd grade level.

History & Geography
Story of the World, Volume II: The Middle Ages,
by Susan Wise Bauer, chapters 11-18, with related reading (especially mythology) from the Activity Book.

4-H Inventions, 1x/mo. 4-H LEGO, 1x/mo. Mission Science class, 1x/mo.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
videos, episodes 16-23. Gardening with Dad.  Monthly visits to UCB Botanical Garden. Lawrence Hall of Science, 2x/mo. Basher Science books: Rocks and Minerals, Chemistry.

Foreign Language
Mandarin Chinese: 2x/week class (Mondays with Po-Wen Chen’s 6-8yo class; Saturdays at New Sprouts 3-6gr Intermediate class.)
Weekly class with Jennifer Briffa (Intermediate, 7-11yo class)

4-H Ceramics, 1x/mo.
Bay Area Maker Faire, San Mateo, May 20-21 2011 (“volunteer staff” at Cedar Caspar’s booth)

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, 2x/wk.
4-H Outdoor Adventures hike, 1x/mo.

Attachment parenting.
Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age. Weekly Park Day with SFBUN at local playgrounds. West Berkeley Family Dance Jam, 1x/mo.


Links to online activities – PaiGames site: