Just like in pre-k, I think 4-5 year olds should spend most of their days creating, playing, or exploring outdoors. We live in a very large city, but we make do with the outdoors by planting a vegetable garden every spring and fall, planting a pollinator garden, hanging up bird feeders for better birdwatching, and taking many walks. We also read a variety of nature books such as Burgess Bird Book for Children. As for “official” classes, we use the following:
Math– At this age, I just focus on counting and learning how to write numbers. We play with a lot of math manipulatives such as linking cubes and a balance, plus we bake to learn about measurements. I also add in fun math workbooks like these Singapore Math workbooks.
Handwriting– Learning Without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me is perfect for 4-5 year olds. I also get a writing journal for extra practice. We also start Keyboarding Without Tears during kindergarten to get the kids used to keyboarding and computers.
Reading– We continue using All About Learning Press’ All About Reading Level 1 If you don’t get the complete package and just get a few things a la carte, I still recommend the review box. I bought a spelling one for my oldest years ago, and it’s still kickin’! It really helps me keep organized while teaching reading and spelling. Each of my children has one for spelling and one for reading.
Grammar– First Language Lessons Level 1 is a gentle introduction to grammar. FLL covers nouns, poetry memorization, addressing letters, and more.
Literature– There are so many good books to choose from! To keep a bit of structure in the literature department, Mater Amabilis prep level literature keeps us on track.
Geography– Kindergarten is when I like to introduce maps and how to use them. We use Maps, Charts, & Graphs Level A
Science– We love Elemental Science for the Grammar Stage. Since Kindergarteners can’t handle too much writing, we mostly just do the experiments and readings. I also let them go on many nature hikes and spend a lot of time outdoors to explore.
Poetry– Kindergarten is the year my kids begin the journey of poetry memorization. I always tell my kids memorizing and reciting poetry is like exercising your brain. 🙂 They grow to enjoy reciting and it is really magical to have poetry wafting through the house. My number one go to book is The Harp and the Laurel Wreath by Laura Berquist.
Religion– We begin memorizing the mysteries of the rosary in Kindergarten if the child hasn’t done so by now. My children also attend Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at our parish and do many religious activities at our homeschool enrichment program.
Arts and Crafts– Handiwork, drawing, arts and crafts are woven into our daily lives. It’s mostly kid led at this point, which means a lot of drawing and coloring.