When my oldest daughter was about to turn 4 (we had two girls at that time), I decided we should “school” more formally. The only homeschooling mom I knew then advised me to begin with math and phonics. She directed me to Saxon Math and Sing, Spell, Read and Write (SSRW). I purchased Saxon Math K and the combo K – Level 1 version of SSRW. Saxon Math K is one of the best investments I’ve made in our homeschooling life. I am using it now with my fourth child who is 4 years old. All of them (myself included) enjoyed doing these early math lessons orally. In a year, my oldest daughter was ready for more formal math and was reading with ease. I don’t recall ever having to sit with her as she read instructions for any of her Grade 1 level workbooks. Having said this though, since SSRW does not bring you up to higher levels, I decided to use Wanda Sanseri’s Spell to Write and Read (SWR) with our third since it was a more complete phonics, spelling, and writing program vs. the variety of workbooks my older girls had to use (Explode the Code, Reason for Writing, Spelling Workout).
1. Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic