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Nerd Family Things: First Grade WTM Materials
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

First Grade WTM Materials

I have been helping a friend get set up to begin the Well Trained Mind program with her son. In this effort, I have decided to list all the books I used. Now remember that there is lee way as to which ones you use, these are just my choices. Remember, a)I am an encyclopedia geek (they make for good reading) and b)I will be using all the non-consumables with my other 3 kids. So while it looks like quite a bit I know I will get a lot of use out of these.


The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition (Story ... the World: History for the Classical Child) by Susan Wise Bauer

The Story of the World: Activity Book 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Third Edition by Susan Wise Bauer

The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History

The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

Language Arts:

Spelling Workout, Level A (Student Edition)

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind

Handwriting Skills Simplified Level A: Learning Manuscript Writing (still Zaner-Bloser Method)



Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 1A Textbook

Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 1A Workbook

Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 1B Textbook

Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 1B Workbook


The Kingfisher First Animal Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia

Green Thumbs: A Kid's Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening

(In both the interest of full disclosure/pleading, if you place an Amazon order for anything through these links I will get a kick back. Since it doesn't change your total please use these links;)



Blogger SabrinaT said...

we follow The Core Knowledge series. I hear they have charter schools. That may be an option for our family when we return to the US...

November 28, 2007 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Joanna said...

what made you pick singapore math? we're doing right start mathematics with the abacus. i'm amazed that my 6-year-old can add and subtract in the thousands and even has started understanding times. i am re-learning math myself.

December 27, 2007 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger NerdMom said...

Sorry it took so long to reply, this email comment (that is how I get them) got hidden in a back log of yahoogroups email. I chose Singapore for a few reasons. 1 is that it is very intuitive. Things like adding, adding groups and multiplication (basic) were linked together in just the kindergarten books. 2nd was that he can go through it by himself and still get quite a bit out of it. I also have heard such great things from other people who have gone through the series. Now remember with your 6 year old. A)He may be good at adding and subtracting but not other math skills to the same level (I was that way in long division). B) You are the teacher, put him in whatever book level suits him best. Even if that happens to mean he only does the last half of one book and a third of the next.

January 15, 2008 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Joanna said...

that's interesting that he can go through it himself. the one thing i'm not sure i love about right start math is that she can't do it by herself at all. i must be there to teach her the concepts. they are good concepts though and the same as they teach in japan and korea, but i'm so bad at math that sometimes i get confused. thankfully, my husband is a huge nerd and is a math whiz so when i get stuck he takes over when he gets home from work. i think it's worth the extra brain cells for me. i hated math in school and i really want my girls to enjoy it. thanks for getting back to me about that.

January 28, 2008 at 6:08 AM  

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