I cannot believe my baby girl is going to be in kindergarten this year. Eeek! Where did the time go?
Kindergarten is such a fun grade. Kindergarten aged kids are usually eager to learn and excited about starting official “school”.
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices
My Father’s World – God’s Creation from A to Z
God’s Creation from A to Z is a complete kindergarten curriculum. With 26 hands-on units, My Father’s World kindergarten curriculum includes phonics, beginning reading, math, Bible, science, literature, art, music, handwriting, and more. My daughter is really excited about this program but she’s even more excited about the butterfly garden, a butterfly hatching kit, included with the program. My son still remembers that activity from when he was little! Definitely looking forward to doing that project again!
Even though we have a full kindergarten curriculum, I’m not ready to drop Ivy Kids. We love Ivy Kids! It’s been the best thing ever. My daughter gets so excited when she gets her monthly box of goodies in the mail. The activities are always eagerly completed in record time and then the fun starts all over again the next month!
We read lots of picture books together and plan on doing even more of that this coming school year. There’s really nothing better than curling up with a little one on your lap and reading aloud a pile of picture books! We’re going to be adding in some Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and Aesop’s Fables to our reading list, too!
Handwriting Without Tears
I really like how Handwriting Without Tears uses multisensory methods for teaching handwriting. My son used this method and, since I already have everything, I’ll definitely be using it again with my daughter. After all, we still have a huge box of those stubby little chalk pieces!
Quiet Growing Time
Last but certainly not least…I’ve been reading/listening to a lot of Charlotte Mason lately. She’s an inspiration. Charlotte Mason (1842-1923) was a British teacher who believed in educating the whole child, not just the child’s mind, through good, loving, and noble ideas.
Charlotte Mason believed that the early years should be dedicated to helping children develop good habits. The three most important habits being: paying full attention, obedience, and truthfulness. She also encouraged the nourishment of a child’s mind through the senses, time in nature, and lots of free play. She says that “a mother’s first duty is to establish a quiet growing time.” By slowing down our schedule and not adding too much “stuff” or “information”, I’m hoping to develop a quiet growing time for my daughter where she can grow not just her mind but her heart, too.
I hope these ideas can help you plan your homeschool curriculum for your little ones this year! Let me know what you are planning. I’d love to hear your thoughts.