Kindergarten

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– For kindergarten, I actually use Saxon 1. Yes, it’s technically 1st grade math, but I find that most kids can handle it very well. If your kid isn’t math minded in the least, then I suggest waiting until 1st grade to start this math. However, Saxon is a spiral course, so I think this works for kindergarten. If you have a Mardel near you, this is almost always on sale as well as the manipulative kit. I bought the kit years ago and have used it…a lot. Well worth the money. I find it’s cheaper at Mardel than on Amazon. 🙂

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 8 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.

Literature– To get more reading practice, I usually pick books from the Ambleside Online book list. It’s a fantastic resource!

Geography– Kindergarten is when I like to introduce maps and how to use them. We use Maps, Charts, & Graphs Level A

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– We practice drawing and find fun crafts to do on Pinterest. I also use Child-sized Masterpieces.

 

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