Here is a list of many of our resources for Kindergarten and how we did it.
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
The Road to Reading by T.H. MacDonald
Bob Books Sets 1 & 2
Modern Curriculum Press Phonics Level A
Modern Curriculum Press readers from workbook
How we did it:
We used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons until about lesson 75, then stopped because Stiggy was unable to make the transition from the orthography to regular print. We did one MCP workbook page each day. We then used:
The Road to Reading by T.H. MacDonald, which worked well. Each week we focused on a sound or phonics rule. We began the lesson by reviewing a few previous sounds, then Stiggy would read some words written on the wipe board (about 20-30). I would give him a dictation sentence, which he ‘wrote’ out using magnetic letters. He would then do a workbook page. Some days, instead of reading a list of words, he would read a small passage I had written out. One day a week he would choose a reader.
We also played phonics and rhyming games. We used Scrabble tiles and Boggle.
By the end of the year, we were just using story books, games, and the phonics workbook as well as the magnetic alphabet.
Handwriting Without Tears: Letters and Numbers for Me.
Montessori sandpaper letter cards, which I made.
For HWT, we only used the workbook. Stiggy enjoys writing, so my aim was merely to teach him the correct way to form the letters.
We used the Living Math approach. We played lots of games, like shop. We did lots of incidental math in every day life.
Counters (marbles, Hot Wheels, buttons, M&M’s)
A few internet printouts
Circle Time Poetry: Math
Double the Ducks
Alfie’s Numbers by Shirley Hughes
Anno’s Counting Book
One Hundred Hungry Ants
My Missing Mittens
How we did it:
We explored math in many different ways. When we began, my goal was for Stiggy to learn to count to 100. This came about easily though use of a bean bag. We would toss it back and forth and count to 100. He also learned to county by 10’s this way.
Later in the year, we approached math by concepts. I used Circle Time Poetry: Math for this, which is divided up by concepts such as pair, shapes, symmetry, graphing, etc. Each week we would have a poem, activities, and a story.
We also kept a math notebook (links in sidebar) to document learning. Stiggy would provide a narration for a concept, then draw a picture to go along with it.
I read to Stiggy a lot. We read at breakfast, lunch, during rest times, before bed, and times in between. We read poetry 2 or 3 days a week during snack time.
Lots of audio books
Rapunzel and Other Magic Fairy Tales
My First Nursery Stories by Tony Ross
Jack and the Beanstalk by Edith Nesbit
Hansel and Gretel by Morpurgo, Michael
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Joan Aiken
The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Various books from the library
Nursery Rhymes/ Poetry:
Side by Side: Poems to Read Together
My Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Tony Ross
Things I like by Shirley Hughes
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Random House Book of Poetry
Songs and Verse by Roald Dahl
A Child’s Garden of Verses
Now We Are Six
When We Were Very Young
Dragon Poems by John Foster
We read masses of story books this year; it would be impossible to list them all (partly because I didn’t keep track of them all…). Here are just a few of our favourites:
The Frances series
The Paddington Bear series
The Babar series
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Brown, Margaret W.
Home for a Bunny
Burton, Virginia Lee
The Little House
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
A Pocket for Corduroy
The Wind in the Willows (abridged)
The Reluctant Dragon
The Story of Ferdinand
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Caps for Sale
A Bad Case of Stripes
The Velveteen Rabbit
Favourite Authors (in no particular order):
Helen Cooper (The Pumpkin Soup trilogy)
This was done quite informally. I would ask Stiggy to ‘tell me about’ his day, or as part of his nature reading log, he would tell me what the stories were about. We also used a narration cube. I had things like ‘describe our…, tell me something you learned today…tell me a story about…,’ etc. Our narration activities usually took the form of discussions. We’d discuss outings, places, people, situations, objects, anything.
Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots
I Love Dirt
Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children
Little Hands Nature Book
Ranger Rick magazine
The Tiny Seed
Jack’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow
Harvey The Gardener
From Seed to Plant
A Tree is Nice
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Secret Garden (retelling)
How we did it:
I didn’t really have a method for this. We read lots of books, spent lots of time outside, sowed seeds, went to gardening centres, looked at seed catalogues…it was just something we did, it was a part of life.
Stiggy also kept a gardening journal. We had a page for his gardening and nature books where he would help me record the title, author and type (fiction or non). He would then tell me what the book was about.
We didn’t do a lot with science this year. We did have a leaf unit. http://whimsyway.blogspot.com/2008/10/we-begin-nature-study-leaves.html
Science was more in the way of nature study and gardening. Any other science was purely interest-based.
Young at Art
How we did it:
Stiggy wasn’t very interested in art until I began following the advice in Young at Art. The idea is simple: provide your child with simple, high-quality art supplies and let them do as they wish. Do not place value judgement on what they do (‘Beautiful…that looks lovely…very nice.’) Instead, you should observe and comment (‘I see you’ve used lots of green here…that’s a very big tree!’). Art is divided into 5 categories: paper, paint, drawing, sculpture, and printing and one medium should be focused on at each ‘lesson.’
We spent several weeks having a colour of the week. I would go through our supplies, gather up all the materials in the chosen colour and obtain a book that focuses on that colour. Each day that week I would get out the tray with the materials, turn on some classical music and let Stiggy do as he pleased. We would also try to find objects in our surroundings of that colour. We sometimes ate fruits in the colour, too.
Red is Best
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Blueberries for Sal
Little Blue and Little Yellow (for green)
The Big Orange Splot
Once the colours were finished, we learned how to mix colours. Stiggy learned about primary and secondary colours.
Art was mostly about free exploration this year.
Stiggy also attended pottery painting sessions once a month.
Classics for Children
Myleene’s Music for Mothers
Return to Pooh Corner
How we did it:
This was not an area of study, per se, it was more about exposure. We don’t listen to a lot of music in our house, but when we do, it’s classical, as a matter of preference.
Yoga Kids: Silly to Calm.
How we did it:
Stiggy attended a weekly PE session in our area for several months.
We used the yoga DVD about once a week.
Stiggy spent lots of time outdoors running, cycling, and climbing. He’s quite an active child, so this wasn’t an area I particularly focused on.
Stiggy was expected to take part in chores. He helped with laundry, cooking, baking, vacuuming, bed making, sheet changing, lawn mowing, tidying, setting and clearing the table, and other miscellaneous jobs. This has become a habit for him, a way of life.
Stiggy enjoyed baking and other little handicrafts.
Road and fire safety and learning information such as address and phone number were also part of our curriculum.
Hugely important in our house. Stiggy had lots of time for free play and exploration. He had plenty of time to be bored, which often produces some of his most imaginative play. The toys in our house help facilitate this play (Lego, blocks, play kitchen, Lincoln Logs, puzzles, games, K’Nex, Mega Sketcher, outdoor toys such as chalk, kite, water gun, balls, bike, etc)
The Well-Trained Mind
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider Fingerplays and Action Rhymes
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk