I'll be honest with you, we're hardly doing anything that I would consider "school", and I find myself worrying whether we'll have learned anything at all. Sure, lots of our activities actually contribute to the objectives of kindergarten in some round-about way. Yesterday, for example, Chester and Bennet took apart an old radio together and noticed all the parts and what they did. Hardly in the curriculum (whatever that is), but definitely educational. But at the same time, I wrote up these objectives so that I'd be able to feel like we were doing something concrete, and they're not even on my radar hardly ever. I guess I'm not sure how to measure progress of "school" when we don't do hardly anything formal.
Anyway, from my objectives list that I wrote up in the fall, here's how we're doing.
- We're still using "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". We've started supplementing with a Primer McGuffey reader and a Sonlight book too. His progress is slow, but reasonably steady, and he's gaining both skill and confidence.
- Bennet can print pretty well, and copy anything he wishes. We decided to start learning cursive as part of school. So far he knows "c", and "a". Today we'll learn "d".
- We haven't even started learning Chinese.
- From the park, yes, I think Bennet knows North, East, South and West. Not from very many other places.
- He knows all the nearby landmarks, and even some that we rarely drive past.
- He knows the walks to the park, mailbox and store.
- He knows our backyard, and what he can see. And he knows the yard of one set of grandparents. I'm not sure about the other.
- We're not doing much of a nature journal yet. But we did collect leaves this fall. We also collect "colors" (something red, something blue, etc), frequently from nature. But now that it's frigid, we're not outside much.
- He can identify nearby wildlife -- possums, squirrels, rabbits, a few types of birds. Today he saw a black squirrel.
- We've killed three caterpillars so far. Last year we raised one, if we don't get one to work this year, I think he can still describe what happened.
- To add numbers up to ten. Nope, can't do this yet (except for +1).
- He knows six songs (not really hymns, but oh well)
- He can recite the words to six other songs, at least
- We're learning Psalm 23 (instead of Psalm 1). We learn a verse every week.
- He can tell several Bible stories, but I don't think he readily knows any of the parables yet.
- He knows the names of all the major body parts.
- He can keep himself clean, to the extent that is expected of a young boy.
- He plays within the boundaries of our yard very consistently.
- He sort of knows our address (with prompting), but not our phone number yet. He knows 911 and when to call it.
How do you define progress for your child - either in school or out? Do you set objectives to try to meet, or do you track progress by keeping a record of their work, or do you do something else?