Summer 2012 (pre-3rd)

Great Fun Children’s School
Summer 2012 (May-August) Curriculum
Pre-Third Grade

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


Books-on-tape (cd), 1-2 hrs/day. The Kite Rider. Hans Brinker. Sarah Plain and Tall. The Mighty Miss Malone. From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankweiler. The Westing Game. Caddie Woodlawn. Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure. Flush. A few Goosebumps. Nancy Drew. Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. Lives of Extraordinary Women. Gilda Jones: Psychic Investigator. etc
Independent reading: Clarice Bean Spells Trouble, by Lauren Child.
Phonics Pathways by Dolores G. Hiskes. (For spelling), p 68-122.
Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer, Workbook Level One, Weeks 4-22.
Sentence Island by Michael Clay Thompson.

Singapore Math, Standards Edition, 4B.
Life of Fred Elementary series: Goldfish, Honey, Ice Cream, Jelly Beans, by Stanley Schmidt.
Beast Academy, 3A.
Mindbenders Book 4, The Critical Thinking Co.

History & Geography
Story of the World, Volume III: Early Modern Times,
by Susan Wise Bauer, with supplements. Chapters 1-11 .
What Your Third Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition, by E.D.Hirsch Jr., geography chapter.

What Your Third Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition, by E.D.Hirsch Jr., science chapter.
Interactive Science for Inquiring Minds, Lower Secondary, Volume A (grade 7),
Panpac Education ( Chapters 1-7. (Textbook only, no labs.)

World Languages
Mandarin Chinese: learning and writing characters. Daily practice w Mom. Characters from  My First Chinese Words (, books 3-7.

Misc library books, art appreciation call numbers. Free doodling. What Your Third Grader Needs to Know, Revised Edition, by E.D.Hirsch Jr., art chapter.

Values, Religion, & Character
Weekly Sunday school at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (Dr. Suess theme).  Weeklong summer camp with Mama Sylvia at St. Gregory’s Episcopal.

Phys Ed
Swim classes with City of Berkeley park & rec. 25 mins daily, 4 days/wk, four weeks. Completed Level 2 Red Cross certification.

Friends! Attachment parenting. Classes and group activities, structured and unstructured, same-age and multi-age, c0usins, groupmates and neighbors. Weekly Park Day with SFBUN and Homegrown Kids at local playgrounds; monthly+ with  BAGHS and East Hills 4-H. ACHC neighbors.