Friday, August 26, 2016

Our Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten and Preschool 2016-2017

We just started our second year of homeschooling and my goodness, it’s a lot more laid back than our first year! We’ve made some changes to the way that we’re doing school and I’m really excited to see how our year will go. I’m planning to make a video about those changes and about how we’re doing things this year, so stay tuned for that! You can watch last year’s How We Homeschool Video here.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might’ve seen that we’ve chosen to do pre-printed curriculum this year instead of making our own. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what we’re using, so I thought I’d do a quick list of our curriculum for homeschooling pre-K and Kindergarten!

Leave any questions you have in the comments section and I’ll be happy to answer them! You can also find links to most of these items on my Pinterest board entitled Homeschool Curriculum- Pre-K and Kindergarten!’ Be sure to follow me for updates on our favorite homeschool must-haves!

1.       Explode The Code for Reading- Vesper (4) is already a very good reader, but I was kind of stumped on where to go from here to help her get to the next level. I did a lot of research and combed through homeschool forums on Facebook before deciding that Explode The Code would be a good fit for us. We decided to start with the first book, Get Ready for The Code, even though Ves knows much of the material. It’s been a good way to ease into reading work again.

2.       Usborne’s Very First Reading Set- we bought this set last year and made it through twelve of the fifteen books. It’s a really great set that’s designed to have parents read a portion of the story, and the child read the rest. Vesper enjoyed the stories quite a bit and even reads them to her little brother now!

3.       BJU Press for Math- Vesper has been showing interest in adding and “take aways,” so I decided it was time for her to explore structured math curriculum. This year we went with BJU's Kindergarten math. This one was a pretty easy decision. I didn’t want anything too terribly involved- she’s only in kindergarten (and a young kindergartener at that!). I saw lots of fancy, expensive math systems, but this one seemed like a logical approach to teaching the material to a small child, and had cute illustrations that would keep her attention.  It has turned out to be her favorite subject this year! We opted to purchase only the student work text, and that has worked fine for us. There are a few things where we have to kind of "wing it," but nothing that has disrupted our flow of study!

4.       Scholastic Jumbo Activity Book for Supplemental Handwriting and Reading- This is a book we had gotten last year that Vesper really enjoyed. In fact, she liked it so much that she took it to her room and used it as a coloring book, rendering most of the remaining lessons useless. So we bought a fresh, new one this year and made sure to discuss the importance of respecting our school supplies.  She loves to trace and write the letters and color the pictures. There are all kinds of lessons “disguised” as activities in this book, so that makes it really easy to sail through the pages! We picked ours up at our local Target!

5.       Diggers and Dumpers Creativity Book- my little guy had little to no interest in school last year, unless it involved food or trucks. This year, I found this Truck Activity Book for him to do and he is so into it! He loves to do the activities with me and has already made really great strides in learning to count and drawing lines! I’m so impressed! The stickers are his favorite part. If you have a little man that likes trucks, you should definitely pick one up! We found ours at Mardel, but you can also find them on Amazon. I also threw in a couple of activity books from the Target Dollar Spot for Grey, mostly to keep him entertained and help him feel involved in our schooling.

6.       Supplemental: There are a few items we keep around to supplement our learning. One of those is Sight words flash cards. They are awesome to have on hand- especially when momma doesn’t feel like using the usual work text approach! We like to use them to make into games or just flip through and see how many words she remembers! I highly recommend grabbing a set of these off of Amazon or just print your own!

Another of our favorite supplemental learning tools are these BrainQuest flip cards. These were around when I was a kid, and we loved to use them on road trips and such (ya know, before DVD players in cars and iPads were invented). They’re just a fun way to entertain your child and still get their brains working. We have the Preschool and Kindergarten sets and both are great!

Aside from using the work texts, we add in science projects and crafts for fun. We also do lots of play- blocks, pretend food, going to the playground, etc. All work and no play makes your kid hate learning, right? Or something like that?

I hope this was helpful to you! I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. Comment below or email me at



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