Next month is going to be another milestone for this homeschooling family: Our son’s graduation from ABC’s with Ace and Christi. While he has long been done with the curriculum, it is not until next month that he gets to march with fellow homeschoolers who are using the School of Tomorrow’s ABC’s with Ace and Christi’s curriculum.
As a work from home mother, I cannot emphasize enough how parent friendly School of Tomorrow‘s homeschooling program is. When my son stepped into Level 1 last month, I thought I was on for a rougher ride. You see, SOT’s Preschool with Ace and Christi and ABCs with Ace and Christi were probably the easiest but most effective programs there is. Not that I have a way to compare it with others. But just sizing up on how my son got through it, learning not just to read in no time but having time while we were at it as well, I cannot be more convinced otherwise.
In just a few days we will be over and done with our last pace with our current curriculum – ABCs with Ace and Christi. This is the second program in the “preschool” curriculum of School of Tomorrow. The first being Preschool with Ace and Christi. Time flies so fast! After this program, we can go on right ahead and get on with the first level a.k.a. Grade 1.
We had to leave very early today to make it to The Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow in Paranaque for the first rehearsal day for our son’s graduation day (Preschool with Ace and Christi and ABCs with Ace and Christi) on March 12, 2010.
Zip-py, the ze-bra, likes to run o-ver the Ze-bra Zoom Zone — Oh, what fun!
Zip-py, the zebra’s, teeth were loose, and the zoo den-tist helped him learn the truth.
This is how the song of Zippy Zebra goes. Before going ahead with the introduction of each animal. My son and I learn the words of the song together, then the motions that go with it. Then when we know how the motions and words go, that is the time we turn the music on and sing together with it.
This week’s new animal is X-Eddy Ox. As we go through each and every animal story for the week, we also get to learn about what the real animal is like. One of the interesting things we learned about oxen is that they chew their food over and over and over again. This is called “chewing the cud.”
The new animal that we met this week was Quentin Quail. I love introducing new animals to my son. He is always thrilled what the new animal’s name will be and he would go guessing for possibly all the same letter sound for the animal. I would often get surprised that he actually knows what letter sound is next, just for me to find out that he turned a few advanced pages out of excitement.
I cannot remember anymore where exactly the hubby and I came to an understanding that we will homeschool our son. What I am definitely sure about is his influence on me after he came home from one of those administrators trainings that he attended in School of Tomorrow in Paranaque.
The hubby and I originally prayed about being able to start a preschool in the church where he pastors (www.sbcmakati.org). But for some reasons (including the fact that the church building’s locations isn’t a conducive one) this plan has not flourished yet. God has His perfect time. And because we are so sold out to the School of Tomorrow’s curriculum, we chose not to give our son second best. Hence, we chose homeschooling via SOT’s curriculum.
This is the second day we are learning about umbrella birds. It is actually the first time that I have encountered such animal. Even as my son’s teacher, I am thrilled to be learning a lot myself. The focus for this week’s animal is the sound of “short U”. This is one of the images that we found from the internet of an umbrella bird. The umbrella bird has a tuft of feathers that rises from the top of tis head. This tuft of feathers makes the umbrella bird look as if it is carrying an umbrella all the time. The umbrella bird also has a flap of skin hanging down the ront of its neck. This flap of skin is covered with feathers and looks like an umbrella handle. Although the umbrella bird seems strange, it is a pretty bird. Its feathers are blue-black and shiny. The umbrella bird is about the size of a crow.
Our family chose School of Tomorrow’s (Accelerated Christian Education) Preschool with Ace and Christ curriculum when we started homeschooling our 4 year old son June of 2009. Here’s to give our readers a preview what this curriculum offers and its benefits that led us to choose the program.
Accelerated Christian Education’s learning-to-read program is called Preschool with Ace and Christi. This is a multisensory, phonetic program, designed to prepare a child for the individualized instruction of the A.C.E. program. This learning-to-read program should be attempted only after a child has been diagnosed “ready to read” using the Ace and Christi Reading Readiness Test. Within a period of 12 to 15 weeks, he will become acquainted with phonics through animals, songs, and stories. These features will help him learn and associate letter sounds, alphabet sequence, and word relationships. Additional activities have also been designed to help the student in his physical and character development.
Preschool with Ace and Christi utilizes a number of outstanding reading tools, such as a specially developed alphabet sequence, songs for each of the sounds, poems, displays, and physical activities. Additionally, character development activities and Bible stories are built in. The program is designed to be used in conjunction with Word Building PACEs 1001-1012, Math PACEs 1001-1003, Animal Science PACEs 1001-1012, and Bible Reading PACEs 1001-1012.
- Reading Readiness Test
- Specially developed alphabet sequence
- Songs for each of the sounds
- Poems, displays, and physical activities
- Post Test
- Review Manual