Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum Options You Need To Know About!
When you are new to homeschooling, it can be a bit overwhelming. The one thing that many people stress out over is “What materials do I use?” It can be difficult trying to piece together a curriculum – especially when you don’t even know what is available. Below, I have listed over 20 kindergarten curriculum options that you should check out. Hopefully, this will help you to find the perfect fit for your family.
Do you and your child love hands-on learning? Check out these amazing physical curriculum options.
My son and I have been using Timberdoodle since Kindergarten and we absolutely love it. The kindergarten curriculum covers language arts, math, thinking skills, geography, history & social studies, science, STEM, and art, so it’s thorough. They provide you with a checklist of what you can do each day, which is handy. Using the checklist helps to cut down on the time I spend planning our homeschool week. We basically just work through the list, checking things off as we go. It also allows each family to find their own rhythm – whether it takes 30 minutes or 3 hours (it takes us about an hour or two each day to get through everything). You can check out my full review of the 1st Timberdoodle Curriculum to get an idea of what it is like.
If you need a good, hands-on yet gentle approach to teaching your kindergartener math concepts, Math-U-See is a great option. It starts off with the Universal Primer set. It comes with a teacher’s guide (complete with an answer key), a student workbook, a supplemental DVD (where the author, Steve Demme, actually teaches your child short lessons), and manipulatives. You also gain access to a digital pack which has digital versions of all of the materials (including digital manipulatives!), songs teaching kids how to skip count, and access to additional free online resources. The Math-U-See Primer set covers key skills such as recognizing and writing numbers/symbols, counting, adding, subtracting, place value, telling time, recognizing and drawing shapes, measurements, skip counting, and word problems (among other things).
If instilling Christian values in your children is important, Abeka is wildly popular. The mission at Abeka is to help students grow intellectually, morally, and spiritually. You can select from a variety of kits based on subjects and grade level. They also have added flexibility by offering video homeschooling through Abeka Academy so that you can get as much (or as little) support as you want. Many parents love how much effort Abeka has put into simplifying the process for you. Their lesson plans and teacher editions include suggested plans by week, month, and year; a suggested daily routine, plenty of tips and examples to help you get through everything, fun games for your kids, as well as ideas for further discussion and applications to promote true mastery.
If you are looking for a literature-based curriculum, check out Sonlight. With options available for children as young as three years old, you are sure to be able to meet the needs of your kindergartener. This Christian curriculum focuses on teaching children through stories rather than through rote memorization or workbooks. You can put together your own curriculum, which covers subjects such as history, language arts, science math, handwriting, spelling, art, critical thinking, foreign language, life skills, and more.
Do you prefer having easy access to things online? If so, these internet-based curriculum options might be the perfect addition to your homeschool routine.
This is a complete, FREE online Christian homeschool curriculum. This resource was created for aspiring homeschool families whose only true hesitation is whether or not they can afford to homeschool. Parents love it because, in addition to being free and fun, it also provides their children with a quality education. The subjects that are covered include reading writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary math, history, social studies, geography, science, Spanish, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. All of the resources are things that can be found for free online, so the only other things you need are any supplies you need for art or experiments.
If you are looking for a fun, interactive way to help your child with early learning skills, ABC Mouse is a popular option. As your child progresses down the Learning Path (which is composed of more than 850 lessons), he or she will earn tickets that they can redeem for fun in-game rewards, which serves as a great motivator. Designed for ages 2-8, the topics covered include alphabet, phonics, word families, rhyming words, sentence structure, parts of speech, counting to 120, the base ten system, place values, addition, subtraction, measurements, telling time, patterns, the human body, plants and animals, weather, environments, maps, the solar system, matter and its properties, colors, and shapes. Kids have fun learning by playing games, completing activities, reading books, singing songs, putting together puzzles, and more. They even have a great variety of printables. To makes things even better, you can try it for free for one month.
If you are focused on teaching your child to read and need a resource that is all about reading, look no further than Reading Eggs. This website makes it fun and easy for kids to learn to read and spell. The reading games and activities, combined with the cool rewards make learning to read something that they enjoy. Targeted at children aged 3-13, this is a program that can really grow with them as they work to improve their reading skills. They also have a free trial so you can see how much your child loves it.
This interactive, online curriculum is organized by grade level. At the kindergarten level, the focus is on math and language arts, though additional subjects (such as science, social studies, and foreign language can be added on later. One cool aspect of this program is that elementary age students have access to 3-grade levels, giving them the opportunity to either get more practice with some topics while moving ahead with others. The program is set up to allow students the opportunity to work independently while still giving parents control over the material as well as giving parents feedback on their child’s progress. If your child is gifted or has special needs, they make it easy for you to adjust the grade level for each individual subject. If you ever need added support, you also have access to an online parent forum.