Kindergarten in review

So we are finishing up on Kindergarten and it’s been a very full year! Below you will find mini reviews about the resources that we used this year. What would I have done differently?

  1. Not over plan. I went crazy thinking that I would not have enough materials to cover the whole year, but my worry-wort tendencies just caused me to become overwhelmed thinking about what we had to complete. I am so over that now!
  2. Check things sooner rather than later if they are not working. The thought of spending money on something that I don’t use makes me sad so I pushed The Tornado through HWT and a few other things despite the fact that they were not working for us. Not this year!
  3. Do more field trips! We went places put not as many as I wanted us to. I want to do more GEOCACHING and hiking.
  4. Add a music program.
  5. Notebooking instead of Lapbooking.

Phonics (Reading)

  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (TYC) – Got halfway through and she was already reading well enough to toss it, plus, she was not enjoying it!
  • Explode the Code (ETC) –COMPLETED ETC A-C. She really enjoyed this but I am not sure if she learned anything with. I probably should have skipped books A-C and went with the higher levels. We will not be using this series in First Grade.
  • NEW: All About Spelling Level 1- ALMOST COMPLETED. We love this. I joke that my daughter started spelling before she was reading without this but with this she has become a true speller. We will use in First Grade.
  • Progressive Phonics: SET ASIDE. This is a great FREE resource but we just never had time for it.

Supplements used on occasion:

  • Various Early Reader Books
  • Jumpstart.com – Subscription based service that provides a plethora of learning games.

Literature

  • Calvert: We have the Calvert Curriculum for Pre-K but it has a lot of good material for literature. We will use this as our primary curriculum. SOLD THIS
  • LibriVox: Free Audiobooks (recordings of books in the Public Domain). We’ve listened to a lot of audiobooks this year. I like that these are free but really do not like the chapter intros. We’ve been checking audiobooks out of the library.
  • Various Read-alouds

Handwriting

Supplements used on occasion (List remains the same)

Math

Math Reading Books (List remains the same)

Science

  • NEW: Virtual Earth Scouts: LOVE THIS. On hold for two months because we just got really busy!

Supplements used on occasion

Logic

  • Lollipop Logic: Critical Thinking Activities, 1x a week. $10.36. COMPLETED She loved this! Looking for suppliment.

History

Physical Education

  • Nature Walks and Scavenger Hunts
  • Swimming (Seasonal)
  • Sports Skills and Gymnastics @  The Little Gym
  • Bike Riding
  • Zumba and other dance classes
  • Wii Active Life Outdoor Challenge
  • Wii Dance Dance Revolution
  • Wii EA Active and More EA Active
  • Wii Michael Jackson: the Experience
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6 comments

  1. How did you like calverts curriculum? I am planning our first year of homeschooling with my 5, 2 and 1 year olds. We are looking at unit lessons to help with the muliti age groups, but I am worried I won’t get it all in without set curriculum. Ideas??

    • Hello Kali. Like you I was worried and I purchased it. But I didn’t use it and wasted so much money. Your kids are so young and structured learning is really tough for children that age. I suggest purchasing What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know: Preparing Your Child for a Lifetime of Learning and going from there. Then just let them play, play, play, play, play!
      Let me know what you decide

      • Thank you for the hints. We are planning away and hope to start our formal kindergarten curriculum September 1st!! It’s gone get wild. How do you meal plan?

    • Honestly, I think copy work (Writing With Ease) and homemade writing sheets are best. Just have them practice writing their names, the date, Mommy, Daddy, Then animals, then numbers. Save your money!

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