So my oldest is on his second to last year of high school and my baby is about to start kindergarten. What the whattttt??!!! Hold me. I’ve dug in my heels all summer but I finally sat down and made our kindergarten curriculum choices. At this age, I don’t really make a definite plan. I just basically scoured our shelves to find things that we loved at that age and I thought Vera would enjoy doing with me (or all of us).
I get so many questions about what to buy for kindergarten year. My answer is always, “don’t buy too much.” I’m going to list a bunch of ideas in this post, but if you’re just starting out, please just pick two or three of these things. Don’t break the bank for kindergarten unless you’ve got a bunch of kids coming up that you know will use this stuff too.
You can also listen to the homeschool plans on my podcast here:
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Kindergarten Curriculum Choices for Learning to Read
- Hooked on Phonics
- Get Ready for the Code Books A + B
- Alphabet Art (I just looked this one up on Amazon to find the link and it showed that I purchased it back in April of 2009 for my then kinder who is about to turn 13!!! You guys!!!!! What is happening!?!?! *sobsobsob*)
Kindergarten Curriculum Choices for Math
Kindergarten Curriculum Choices for the Arts
- The Story of the Orchestra
- Drawing with Children
- Kids Create!
- Chalk Pastels Classes–there’s a project for all levels in these classes!
Kindergarten Curriculum Choices for Science + Nature
More Ideas for your Kindergartners
- Draw, Write, Now Journals and Notebooks
- Five in a Row vol. 1
- Before Five in a Row
- Games for Learning by Peggy Kaye
More on Kindergarten Curriculum
The way I like to approach kindergarten is really kid-lead. I don’t want to overload at this age! I learned with my second child that trying to push them to read too early doesn’t work at all. Right now, Vera is really excited about doing school and I’ll use her excitement as long as it lasts. When she grows a little weary, I’ll switch it up to something else. Their attention spans are so very short at this age.
I also want a lot of our “curriculum” to be studying nature outdoors and reading. This is why I’ve pulled the FIAR books that I have and nature resources that I love. Vera loves nature best and I want that to be a big part of her school day.
Want to read more about our curriculum choices?
- I also have posts on our 5th and 7th graders for this year.
- My junior son’s homeschool plans can be found here.
- The Learning Well Community Curriculum Directory is a great resource for seeing allllll the stuff we’ve used over the last 10 years. I update this yearly as we add in new things.
- If you’re having trouble finding curriculum that works for you, maybe try picking some based on your Enneagram number!
- I have a ton of reviews on curriculum that might be helpful. I love reading other reviews when I’m picking out new books.
- If your budget is tight this season, you can still totally homeschool your kids! Check out the post I did on homeschooling for under 100 bucks.