Here are our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. We are using these products and curriculum for K4 and then to be reinforced in K5 before we move on to our First Grade Curriculum later. I must say, I’ve become a little bit addicted to researching (and buying) curriculum and learning games and toys. There are just so many fun products out there! Here I will give a general overview of the curriculum we are using and in later posts I will share our daily Kindergarten school schedule as well as more specific reviews of the various curriculum and products we have tried with an honest opinion of what we like and don’t like. Here is our K4 and K5 curriculum listed below by subject:
The Reading Lesson: So far, this is one of my favorite workbooks we have bought for our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. It is EXCELLENT and I have noticed real results with my 4 year old. We are about halfway through the book and he is already reading beginning BOB Books readers on his own. The format is set up in a way where the child learns a few letters at a time and then you add on the skills already learned with new letters at each lesson. The front of the book says “Teach your child to read in 20 easy lessons”, however you don’t really do a whole lesson per day. You spread the lessons out and do a lesson over the course of a week or two, depending on how fast you want to go. We do one lesson a week, and I really must say I’m extremely happy with the results so far! Nothing makes my heart happier than to hear my son say, “Yay! I love to read!” when I pull out this book to start our lesson! You can buy it here: The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons
Spelling You See: This workbook focuses on learning to hear a word and write it. So while the last workbook was all about seeing a word and learning to read it, this one is the reverse. The child hears you say the word and then figures out what letters make up the word. It starts out simple where they are only tracing the letters in the word. Then, in later lessons it becomes a little harder and the child is given the middle vowel letter, but they have to figure out what the word starts with and ends with. And then lastly, it progresses to become even harder where none of the letters are given and the child must spell the word on their own. I must say that this is not my son’s favorite. When I pull it out he often complains. But sometimes life’s tough and you have to learn to do things you don’t want to do and I think this workbook is an excellent way to start teaching spelling at a young age. I thought it might be too difficult for my 4 year old, but when used in combination with The Reading Lesson book, he’s spelling words on his own without any problems. The one thing he does enjoy about this book is when he finishes writing his words he can find a sticker to put on the page that goes along with the words he wrote. For example, if one of the words he wrote was “Dad” he can find a sticker of a Dad on the sticker page that is provided. You can buy this workbook here: Spelling You See Level A: Listen and Write Student Pack
A Reason for Handwriting K: This workbook is good, but not our favorite. I’d say that the Spelling You See is sufficient for working on Handwriting, however, this one does reinforce how to correctly write letters. I do really love that they include a little green dot to show the child where to start with the letter which helps emphasis writing the letter in the correct way and in the correct direction. They give a coloring page after each handwriting exercise which my son loves. We do one lesson a day which takes no time at all. It’s a nice supplement, especially if your child is struggling with writing their letters correctly. My son struggles with this so I am glad we got this for a little extra practice. It’s not time consuming, but gives that extra needed practice. You can buy this workbook here: Handwriting, Kindergarten Level – Worktext
What Your Kindergartner Needs To Know: Yet another wonderful selection for our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. This focuses on all kinds of things from geography to history to science and math. It includes stories and music. We love snuggling up on the couch first thing in the morning and reading a selection out of this book. It’s a great way to start the day and get our minds in gear. You can buy it here: What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know (Revised and updated): Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning (Core Knowledge Series)
We have several different items below for math Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum, but I’ve found that my son wants variety. It helps keep him interested if we change it up. I also wanted to focus not only on learning numbers and counting, but also on learning to tell time, and learning the more advanced shapes which required a variety of math options.
Math U See: We really love this Math workbook and manipulatives. It starts off very easy to instill confidence. So far, my son can do one entire lesson in one day. You could also stretch the lesson out over the course of a week. We only do one lesson a week and supplement with other math products. The Math U See set comes with the manipulatives which is very nice to help the child visualize numbers and also learn lengths. You can use the manipulatives for the next grades up as the workbooks progress becoming harder and harder. So once you buy the manipulatives, you will only need to purchase the next level up in workbooks as the child progresses. The full set can be purchased here: Math-U-See Primer Universal Set
Inchimals: I mentioned we do Math U See one day per week. Another day we play with Inchimals. Let me just RAVE about these for a second! My son LOVES these! He loves animals so the animal pictures really make it fun for him. These are great because they teach about so many different things. They teach adding, subtracting, comparing amounts, measuring, and so much more. I think these are an absolute MUST for kindergarten math. It will really help instill a deep love for math by making it so much fun! These can be purchased here: Fat Brain Toys Inchimals
Kumon Easy Telling Time: This is used as a supplement workbook to focus solely on learning to tell time. We do 1-2 worksheets a week, moving slowly and taking our time. This one is excellent and I highly recommend it. This is for the child who needs to learn to tell time by the hour and half hour. Kumon has a workbook which can be used after this one to progress into learning to tell time by the quarter hour and minute. This is an excellent starter to learning to tell time. You can buy this here: My Book of Easy Telling Time: Learning about Hours and Half-Hours
Kumon Numbers Games: My son loves this workbook. It’s a very fun way to learn to count to high numbers. It includes connect the dot games and color by numbers. It’s a very fun way to learn counting. We love this one and my son really looks forward to it. You can buy this workbook here: My Book of Number Games, 1-150 (Kumon Workbooks)
Paint by Sticker for Kids: I think this might be my son’s very favorite of all. Another great way to learn counting to high numbers. Also it’s a fun way to match shapes. This is so much fun. He wants to do it again and again and he’s learning in the process which I love! This can be bought here: Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time!
Dive Into Shapes: In the above selections, we have math curriculum that focuses on learning numbers, amounts, measurements, beginning addition and subtraction, and counting, but not much to focus on learning the more advanced shapes like a rhombus, trapezoid, and 3D shapes like a cube and cylinder. I didn’t want to get a workbook for this. I thought manipulatives would enforce these shapes in a better way if my son could build, hold, and see the actual 3D shapes visually. I searched and searched and finally stumbled upon this gem. It’s wonderful. It’s a very fun way to learn shapes without having to do yet another workbook. We love this one! You can buy it here: Dive into Shapes! “Sea” and Build Geometry Set
Big Bag of Science: My son constantly asks to do experiments from this kit. We save this for Fridays as a reward for working hard all week! This is a good introduction to science. The experiments are simple and easy to do. The kit says it’s for 8 years and up, however I think 8 is a little too old. I think it’s better for 4,5,and 6 year olds. It includes experiments like dissolving color tabs, learning that hot water dissolves things faster than cold water, making our own insta-snow, learning how diapers work, learning about mixing colors and how for example, red and blue mixed together make purple, etc. My son loves using the test tubes. Although the experiments seem far too simple to me, he begs to do this kit so it gets an A+ from me. Check it out here: Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science +70 Activities
Look Inside Your Body: Other than doing fun experiments for science, I decided that in Kindergarten we would focus on learning all about your body. An absolutely fabulous book to learn about this is Usborne’s Look Inside your Body. My son loves lifting the flaps and looking inside the pictures to see muscles under skin and bones under muscles and organs under bones. This book teaches about how the lungs send oxygen through your body through the blood, how your bones protect your organs, all about the 5 senses, and so much more. This is an EXCELLENT book as an introduction to the body. My son LOVES this book! This one is geared towards 3 years and up. You can purchase this adorable little book here: Usborne Look Inside Your Body
See Inside Your Body: If you want to start with a book that is geared towards an age a little older than the last book, this is the one for you. Usborne suggests this book is for 7 years and up but I think it would engage a mature 5 and 6 year old. It’s similar to “Look Inside Your Body”, but the “See Inside” series is a little more complex, getting deeper into topics. We own both of these books and both are absolutely fantastic. You can purchase this one here: Usborne See Inside Your Body
All about Me: Going with the human body theme in our Science Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum, I found this puzzle matching set at a consignment sale and it is great! It teaches all about the body parts and learning to read the words for the names of body parts and matching them together. The puzzle pieces are self correcting so only the correct pieces can be matched together. I love anything that is not a workbook at this age, so for us this is a great pick! This one can be purchased here: The Learning Journey Match It! All About Me
HISTORY & SOCIAL STUDIES:
Bede’s History of Me: When I pull this workbook out my son says, “I love Bede!”. This is a good workbook for an introduction to History in our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. It’s small and simple and doesn’t overload them. Two thumbs up! This workbook is available here: Bede’s History of ME
Usborne Look Inside a Castle: This book is so fantastic. It teaches all about castles, how castles operated, how they were protected, how the kitchen in a castle worked, and even how to become a Knight. Excellent book and a fun way to explore history. This little gem is available here: Usborne Look Inside a Castle
Usborne Heroes Sticker Book: For Social Studies, this sticker book is great for boys. It’s a very fun way to learn all about different types of heroes, what they do, the gear they use, etc. This is another favorite for my son. Here’s a link to read more about it: Usborne Heroes & Rescue Missions Sticker Book
Usborne Who Were the First North Americans: My son loves to learn about Native Americans so I got him this little book. It’s very informative and fun to learn and explore the way the Native Americans lived. Very educational if your child is interested in this topic. Here’s a link to this book: Usborne Who Were the First North Americans?
Beginning Geography: This is an excellent workbook for learning the basics of geography in our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. It teaches all about maps, what they are and how to read a map. The child learns about direction and N,S,E,and W. And it progresses to learn about continents, and different types of land like deserts, mountains, lakes, oceans, etc. This book is great. We do 2-3 pages per week. The lessons are short and sweet and are a very good introduction to the subject. This workbook is available here: Evan-Moor Beginning Geography Book
GeoPuzzles: Another excellent pick for an activity to learn without having to do a workbook. My son doesn’t like workbooks too much, so if he’s going to enjoy school we gotta have some extras like this one. We love doing these puzzles together and I am even learning about where countries are located too! With repetition, it will really start to really sink in. With 6 puzzles included you have plenty to learn. Puzzles included are: 1. World 2. USA & Canada 3. Europe 4. Latin America 5. Asia 6. Africa. We do one of these once a week. This is definitely one of my favorites! Here’s where you can find it: Geotoys 6 GeoPuzzles – One Box
Usborne Sticker Picture Atlas of the World: This is another activity we do once a week. Getting to touch and stick stickers really helps my son learn. This book is marvelous for helping to learn about geography and make it fun in the process. You can find this book here: Usborne Sticker Picture Atlas of the World
Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas: Another great pick!!! This can be done once per week. This wonderful book definitely helps make geography fun and exciting. Cuddle up and learn all about the world with this absolutely adorable book. Check it out here: Usborne Lift the Flap Picture Atlas
Usborne Look Inside Our World: Yet another awesome introduction to geography (and science too!). This book is packed with great information. Sitting together and reading all about our world is so enjoyable for us that we really look forward to these last 3 books listed. Explore this book more, here: Usborne Look Inside Our World
Developing the Early Learner: This one is a series of 4 workbooks to develop critical thinking skills. The first workbook starts out easiest and they progressively get harder as you move on. These are a great addition to our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum. We do about 3 pages per day. The activities are fun and help to get my son’s brain going first thing in the morning. Individual links to all 4 books are here….these are purchased individually: Developing the Early Learner: Level 1 : Developing the Early Learner: Level 2 : Developing the Early Learner: Level 3 : Developing the Early Learner: Level 4
Little Red Riding Hood Game: I went back and forth on whether I should get this game, but I’m so glad I did! It’s absolutely fantastic! We LOVE it! It’s a very fun way to work on critical thinking. It comes with a cute little picture storybook of the Little Red Riding Hood story and then the game is simply a fantastically creative way to get children to think. It starts out very, very simple to build confidence and then progressively gets harder. This one is one of my faves! Check it out: Little Red Riding Hood Deluxe
My son loves art so I’ve probably bought WAY too many art kits, but I’ve become a little bit addicted doing these adorable art projects with him! I’ll just feature our favorites quickly below:
Djeco Collages: This one is fantastic! It only comes with 4 art projects but my son and I both are obsessed. The quality is superb! He even cried one day when he thought he was going to get to start on one and we ended up having to leave the house and he couldn’t do it. We both LOVE these! Check it out here: Djeco DJ08666 Collages- so Pop Playset
Djeco Create with Buttons: We haven’t started on this kit yet, but I know my son is going to love it. He loves lacing and Djeco does such a fantastic job on their products I know this one will be a hit! Here’s the link to find it: Djeco DJ08947 Create with Buttons- Adventure In The Woods Playset
Barroux Patterns: Learning about patterns is fun and adorable with this cute little kit! Another great find! Check it out here: Draw Patterns with Barroux Drawing Book & Kit: Everything you need to start drawing shapes, colors, and patterns!
Usborne Big Drawing Book: This book is fantastic!!! It teaches how to draw animals, flowers, cars, etc step by step. My son and I both love this one! Find it here: Usborne Big Drawing Book
Alex Ready, Set, Paste!: My son absolutely loves to paste, so I know this one is going to be a hit when we finally get around to trying it out. Find it here: ALEX Toys Little Hands Ready Set Paste
EDUCATIONAL FUN & MORE CRITICAL THINKING:
Osmo: One last item that I simply could not resist purchasing was the Osmo tablet games for making our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum fun and exciting. This one really was not necessary to buy, but it sure is super duper cool and fun! I don’t even know where to begin! I’ll briefly review the different games below:
Osmo Genius Kit: In this kit you get the Osmo Base which holds your tablet and helps you to use the manipulatives for the different games. You get the Tangram game which is all about working with shapes and putting them together to make a new shape. Kids as young as 4 can play the Tangram game and they even make it difficult enough for adults. It’s absolutely fantastic for working with shapes. You also get the Numbers game which is all about learning numbers and adding, subtracting, etc. And you get the Words game for learning about letters and spelling. And you can also use the Osmo Masterpiece App when you have the Osmo Base that comes in this kit. The Masterpiece app is a fun drawing app where “Mo” the Monster tells you what to draw and then “grabs” your drawings off your paper and puts them up on screen to make a story! SO COOL! All of these games are so much fun! You will need a tablet to operate the game. You can check it out here: Osmo Genius Kit
Osmo Pizza Co. Game: This game is FANTASTIC!!!! My son loves it! You own and operate your own pizza shop. In short, you have customers who request toppings on their pizza, the child makes the pizza, slides it into the oven, and then takes payment from the customer. Better keep your customers happy or they will give you a bad review and won’t tip you! So many different things are taught in this fun game. Children learn to follow instructions when making the pizzas. Learn about money and how to subtract to make change (difficulty level can be adjusted). The game gives you goals as a shop owner like you must be able to pay your rent, pay for the food toppings, and you can save your money to redecorate the shop and make it look better or you can save up to buy a better oven. They also give you goals to keep your customers happy. I could go on and on about this game. It’s just superb! This is purchased separately from the genius kit. You need a tablet and the Osmo Base to operate the game. Check it out here: Osmo Pizza Co. Game (Add-on)
Osmo Coding: This is another WONDERFUL game. It teaches beginning coding. I thought this would be too advanced for my 4 year old, but he can do it with help. It’s super fun and teaches direction and counting, and thinking multiple steps ahead. Absolutely fantastic! You will need a tablet and the Osmo Base to play this game. Learn more about it here: Osmo Coding Game (Add-on)
Oh what fun we are having! With these fantastic selections for our Homeschool Kindergarten Curriculum we get to have fun while learning. Visit the “Homeschooling” section of our blog to see more detailed product reviews. We will show pages inside the books and give you a peek inside the various curriculum, games, and kits! If you have any questions about these products and would like to know more, leave a comment below.
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