Ah yes, Mondays.
A day that brings all the chaos of a regular day, but approximately 10x worse (or better, if you are like myself and simply embrace the crazy). Here on LPC, Mondays are going to be my day to sound off on whatever is tickling my fancy (or getting my goat, depends on what sort of writing mood I’m in) most recently.
This post is going to be all about what we use for our Kindergarten curriculum. In full disclosure, I am NOT a veteran homeschooler, though I am a veteran homeschool-ee (hashtag hometeached) and being the oldest of six, I feel like I have gleaned quite a bit of knowledge from watching my mom’s trial and error (thanks, mom!) when it came to various curriculums, learning styles and personality types. So, lets get down to it!
Number Skills K5 (Abeka Book)
This book has been amazing so far! Math is not Big C’s favorite, but this book has just the right amount of “fun” activities (like counting fun objects & coloring a certain number of objects) while still making sure that my guy is learning all the fundamentals such as telling time, counting money, counting by 5s and 10s and word problems.
A Reason for Handwriting (A Reason for)
This book is pretty much your run-of-the-mill handwriting book so its basically what you would expect: basic handwriting skills appropriate for a kindergartener on one side of a worksheet (some tracing along with some space for the child to practice his own writing) then more tracing and a picture to color that corresponds with that day’s letter. The thing that I do like about this particular book is its utilization of the “tree house” model. If you aren’t familiar with this particular curriculum, basically, they use a treehouse to show the child how each letter is to be written. I’ve found this to be quite helpful for Big C when it comes to letter sizing and placement.
Art Projects – K5
Not even gonna lie, ya’ll. I HATE art. I know, I know, that’s probably some totally taboo thing for a homeschool mom, but I just hate it. Its messy, those supplies take up SO MUCH ROOM and don’t even get me started on my total disdain for glitter. Nevertheless, I did purchase this book with lofty intentions yet, we’ve only done about 3 projects total. The projects we did were great and the projects in the book look awesome, but realistically, my 6 & 4 year old would rather be doing some type of sensory activity (play-doh, kinetic sand, water play) or just freestyle it with some construction paper and safety scissors. Needless to say, I probably will not produce any Van Goghs or Andy Warhols.
Ok, so Bible this year was tricky. I ordered a book that I really did like, but I think it was just a little too advanced for my little guys (we will probably try using it again once they are a little older) so we have basically just based all our bible time on what they are learning in AWANA (click here to learn more). Thankfully, AWANA is a great program and it was pretty easy to “build” my own curriculum around what they already needed to learn for AWANA.
Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Simon & Schuster)
UGH. The bane of my existence. That is what reading has been for me. I knew before I even started this homeschooling journey that I would hate this part and boy was I right. Having said all that, this book has made an arduous process a little easier. We haven’t completed the book yet, so I cant attest to its magic just yet, however, just in the last week, I have seen Big C take HUGE strides in his reading attempts and practice.
So there you have it, folks. What we have been doing so far this year! We also do some random practice writing (if I see he needs some work on a specific number or letter) as well as a journal (we just use a simple composition notebook) that I try to have him write in at least twice per week (my original goal was daily but he started getting really discouraged about all the writing he was doing and lets be real, most 6 year old boys don’t have a burning desire to journal daily).
What are you guys using this year? Do you stick to one particular brand or do you use a hodge-podge like me? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you (and if any of you veterans out there want to throw your girl some reading tips or hacks, I’ll love you forever)!
xsxs (hugs & sips of coffee),