Here's what I'm hoping my son will learn and do:
- Listen to Bible stories.
- Take nature walks and free play outside as much as possible.
- Attend to and draw objects from nature in a "nature notebook" as often as he fancies.
- Listen to beautiful music, especially classical music, and especially live music.
- Listen to poems.
- Listen to captivating picture-book and chapter-book stories.
- Make lots of arts and crafts, mostly self-directed.
- Go to the zoo as often as possible.
- Have plenty of unstructured, imaginative free-play.
- Develop harmony with the body and increasing skill in sustained physical activity. (For my daughter, this has been through dance; for my son, I'm thinking swimming.)
- Sustain life-giving personal habits such as a rule of prayer, tithing, and responsible chore completion.
Literacy Core: (multi-year goals)
- Write and read the 70 basic English phonograms.
- Write somewhat legibly in cursive handwriting.
- Start spelling, writing, and reading some basic words and sentences.
- Library card
- Sketch book
- The grass, trees, bushes and critters outside our door
- The 70 basic English phonograms
- Faith, hope, love, and a lot of grace
- A home library well stocked with quality books and music
- The Pencil Grip Crossover
- Colored pencils
- Miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies
- Near-by parks and nature preserves
- Local music performances, especially free ("Music at Noon" programs are the best!)
- Swim team or some such
- Zoo membership
- Spell to Write and Read (a.k.a. SWR) and the corresponding Cursive First package
Formal math curriculum? Traditional science instruction? Social studies? State standards? . . . Ain't no soul-lovin' home-kinder-teacher got time for that!