Kindergarten is all about FUN and learning to love the process of learning so your kindergarten curriculum should be fun!. You really do not need any fancy books or boxed curriculum for this age. If you are new to homeschooling then you might want the ease of a boxed curriculum. Just know that if your child advances quickly in one subject then you are likely going to end up needing to buy something else before the year is up. It’s not very difficult to build your own curriculum. I used the book Home Learning Year by Year to guide me in making this curriculum.
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All About Kindergarten Curriculum
These are the subjects that we chose for Kindergarten curriculum: art/music, reading/handwriting, math, science, history, geography, sign language, and health/exercise.
We homeschool every morning around 10am and finish up for lunchtime. We also have every other Friday off since hubby is off work those days. I do handwriting/reading, math, and science on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Then we do history, sign language, geography, and health/exercise on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This allows us more time to work on those reading, writing, and math skills most of the week, but still gives him a little break in between so that he doesn’t get frustrated. This schedule seems to work best for us. We also homeschool all year round, so the days are a bit shorter since we don’t take a ton of breaks.
Our Kindergarten Curriculum Choices
Here is what we are using for each subject:
Reading/Handwriting For Kindergarten
I use a lot of free tracing sheets off of Pinterest for handwriting. It seems to be working very well, however, I still ordered Handwriting Without Tears to look over and have as a backup.
Letters and Numbers for Me Grade K
Reading Eggs website for reading. He likes computer lessons. I also added on the reading eggs beginner books, workbooks, and flashcards to the program to make it a little more fun. I also read lots of children stories aloud to him. Both for his age and some that a bit more advanced to introduce him to new words and concepts. Check your local library for children’s books so that you are not spending a ton of money on books. 🙂
Math For Kindergartners
For math, we are doing two things. I have the Horizons Math Kindergarten workbooks (2 book set) and we also use mathseeds.com (which you can get free with a year subscription to Readingeggs.com).
Horizons Math K
I really like the Horizons Math books, but I feel it leaves a lot of the basic learning out. I don’t feel it eases into a new subject very well. It just throws new concepts at you with no review or introduction. That’s where the mathseeds.com comes in to fill in those gaps.
I will also find free unit studies on Pinterest to help with subject introduction so that he can complete the math worksheets from Horizon. One example is money and time. Just one day you end up with a clock on the worksheet asking you what time it is without introduction. It’s a bit confusing without any prior knowledge. It’s not that big of a deal since there are many free resources for this, but I felt it was worth mentioning. I hear the Math U See is much better, but not as advanced as the Horizons course is. It is also more hands on. I will probably switch over to this in January.
Science For Kindergartners
Science is my favorite subject! For this, I just bought lots of hands-on materials and a few books. I bought the Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set and I must warn that this is a very simple set and should be used for preschool children. We flew through the entire box in one day! It was a bit disappointing, but at least we have some lab items on hand now. I would have to recommend more advanced science kits for this age. I have some great books that are full of science projects those are:
History and Geography For Kindergarten Curriculum
I admit when I was younger these were not my favorite subjects. However in college history became on of my favorite subjects. Why? Well, mostly because the professors REALLY loved the subject and their enthusiasm on the subject brought it life. It was much more fun than just remembering dates and people’s names. So encourage you to MAKE THIS FUN for your kids.
This is the area I splurged a bit more on, but please do not think that you have to do the same. I did find some really good resources on Pinterest for this. Please note all the books that I list on this post is probably available at your local library for FREE so always check there first. Our library allows us to check out 11 books at a time! For younger kids reading aloud for history is sufficient. You can ask simple questions after the book. Here are the books I got for history and geography plus a few fun things I thought would spark his curiosity:
Hands Around the World
Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World (Hands-On History)
A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson
Sam the Minuteman
Maps and Globes
Children Just Like Me
A Picture Book of Paul Revere
The Story of the White House
If I Were President
If You Lived At The Time Of The American Revolution
O, Say Can You See? America’s Symbols, Landmarks, And Important Words
LeapFrog LeapReader Interactive World Map
Educational Insights Geosafari Jr Talking Globe
Educational Insights Geosafari Laptop
We chose this since we started sign language at an early age and wanted to continue with it. We are using a product called Signing Time Full Collection 1-13. I found my set on Ebay for about $75. Check your library for this as well.
I use Yoga Motion on our Roku through Amazon Prime. Then I use simple activities from Pinterest on health for Free. I also have a bunch of The Berenstain Bears books on everything from Junk Food, Manners, to Stranger Danger that I use as read aloud books.
I also think it’s important to teach your children their address (if they do not already know) and how to use and dial 911 from your house phone and your cell phone. If you have a land line it is easier for the 911 operators to locate you if your child forgets the address. If you do not have a land line be sure to write out your address and put on your refrigerator where your child can easily see it. Instruct them how to find this if they forget while on the phone with 911.
Also teach them about fire safety and where your family safe place is outside in case of a fire. Lastly, be sure to teach them about healthy food choices and daily hygiene practices (such as brushing teeth and dental care). I found a lot of these for free on Pinterest as well.
I think that covers everything. You do not need to spend a ton of money on boxed curriculum for Kindergarten. Just a few simple read aloud books and free printouts from the internet should work just fine. At this age it’s all about introduction to subjects and having fun. Not memorizing a ton of facts.
What are you using for your children this year? I’d love hear about it. 🙂
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