A Breakdown by Subject
When we started on our Hackschooling journey in June 2012, Mr Curious had just turned 6, two months previously. He was finishing year 1 in a UK state primary school and would have started year 2, the same year in September. We however, started scheduled work the following year, in 2013 and as we were dipping our toes in new waters, we had a few stumbles to begin with. I had selected workbooks that did not work for us, and trying to adhere to a 'timed' time table turned out to be an impossible effort. I am nonetheless listing the resources that did not suit Mr Curious and give a brief explanation, as to why it did not work for him but might do for another student, for no two child have the same learning style and preferences regarding their materials of choice.
- We started with Letts maths success workbooks, but these were not in depth and needed lesson plans. Mr Curious, if left to his own devices, would have done the book in a day, as it is quite light in content. These workbooks would certainly not have worked as a full curriculum for us, but could be used as an additional supplement alongside teaching plans or by a student who loves workbooks, but it was soon abandoned by Mr Curious who is not very fond of busy work, once he has grasped a new concept.
- So we jumped this ship and boarded a new one, Singapore maths. These can be bought as a full curriculum, including teacher's book and for extra practice there is homework books. You can even choose to purchase enrichment books for that little extra challenge for those who love their maths! Although during our first year of hackschooling we sailed through with this maths curriculum, this year (2014) I am trying to give his learning experiences more variations, less he becomes bored!
- We now have the use of a maths educational website, to which we have subscribed, via our Social Networking Home Education Group. Mr Curious has been on Mathletics a few times, playing the live competitions. The website has been a good change to his usual maths curriculum but I have not seen him enchanted by it yet. As we have not made full use of all the features on Mathletics I cannot say how it will work as a curriculum. We have also looked into exploring Khan Academy for maths and science and I will thereafter add our experience of using it.
- As Mr Curious loves maths puzzles and reasoning type worksheets ( for fun!), I am slowly incorporating suchlike books in his maths time and will gauge his interest in them. We are using Critical Thinking and Maths Olympiads and the Bond series of Verbal and Non verbal reasoning.
We choose to have a variety of resources, that interest Mr Curious. Although, except for the Singapore Maths curriculum materials, he only dabbles with the rest.
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