Homeschooling for the Kindergarten Year
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I can’t believe this year I will have a Kindergartner and a Preschooler! More about what we are doing for preschool here. I’m new to the official homeschooling world. I thought my oldest all his letters, numbers, colors, shapes, animals, their sounds, etc. at home but didn’t actually use a curriculum. This year I have to purchase a curriculum and honestly, I was a little overwhelmed with all the choices. Are you feeling the same way? If so, don’t panic. I’m sure you are doing your research on all the choices and that’s what lead you here. So I say, good for you! That means you are trying to figure out what’s best for you and your family. Bravo!
What we decided on to use for our Kindergarten year is My Father’s World curriculum, Master Books’ Math Lessons For A Living Education Level 1, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Skill Sharpeners Science Grade K and also their Geography book Grade K. Continue reading to read about each choice.
My Father’s World Curriculum
With all the researching I done on most, if not all the curriculum out there I decided on My Father’s World curriculum. Main reason was it involved God in every lesson. I liked the reviews I was reading and watching. YouTube is a great thing for reviews of curriculum, I hope to get my video review up soon. It has the days planned out for you so you can look ahead, plan ahead, and easily add or take away something if needed. It has fun activities and crafts planned out for you also. No trying to figure it out by spending hours on Pinterest trying to plan it all. Hallelujah! It provides books you can read along with the weekly lessons and depending on the package you purchase the books will come with your curriculum. It is a Charlotte Mason approach to teaching. If you aren’t familiar with Charlotte Mason, I think simplycharlottemason.com said it perfectly. Read below.
The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”
An Atmosphere, A Discipline, A Life
By “Atmosphere,” Charlotte meant the surroundings in which the child grows up. A child absorbs a lot from his home environment. Charlotte believed that the ideas that rule your life as the parent make up one-third of your child’s education.
By “Discipline,” Charlotte meant the discipline of good habits—and specifically habits of character. Cultivating good habits in your child’s life make up another third of his education.
The other third of education, “Life,” applies to academics. Charlotte believed that we should give children living thoughts and ideas, not just dry facts. So all of her methods for teaching the various school subjects are built around that concept.
For example, Charlotte’s students used living books rather than dry textbooks. Living books are usually written in narrative or story form by one author who has a passion for his topic. A living book makes the subject “come alive.”
And the students were required to tell back, or narrate, in their own words what was read in the living book, in order to secure it in their minds. No fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice for them; they practiced using rich language as they pointed out the ideas they gleaned from the reading and any mental connections they made between it and other ideas already residing in their growing minds and hearts.
She encouraged spending time outdoors, interacting with God’s creation firsthand and learning the living ways of nature.
She spread before her students a feast of ideas from a wide variety of sources—from Shakespeare to knitting to Bible to tramping through field and stream to algebra to singing to foreign languages. And woven throughout it all, she emphasized the habits of full attention, best effort, and learning for the sake of learning.
All designed to help the child grow; for we learn, to grow.
It’s no wonder that many homeschoolers have adopted her philosophy and methods as they seek to educate the whole child!
Sound great to you?!?! It does to me!
Which package did we purchase?
There are two packages you can purchase with MFW Kindergarten curriculum, a deluxe and a basic. The deluxe package includes the teachers manual, student sheets, A-Z textured letters, Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book, and all the reading books you will need for the year. The basic package includes the teachers manual, student sheets, A-Z textured letters, Cuisenaire Rods Alphabet Book, and some of the reading books you will need. You also, get a God’s Big World magazine and a weekend to remember voucher with both packages.
(photo of our basic package, I just don’t have pictured the student sheets or the cuisenaire rods)
We purchased the basic package because of the other great thing about MFW is they give you a list of books you need/can use for the weekly lessons. All you have to do is look ahead and request them from your library. I think this is fantastic because some families can’t afford the deluxe package or like to save money anywhere they can for other necessities. I really applaud MFW for offering two packages. If you want the deluxe no judgement here. It will be so nice to have the books already in hand and know they will be ready when you need them instead of risking the book being checkout at the library when you need it. The choice is yours on which package you choose.
I chose to add supplements to the MFW curriculum. It says it is a complete Kindergarten curriclumn but some reviews suggested they didn’t feel it was enough for them and their child. So, I purchased Master Books’ Math Lessons For A Living Education Level 1, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, Skill Sharpeners Science Grade K and also their Geography book Grade K because my son is really interested in where people live.
I joined a MFW Kindergarten curriculum group on Facebook, and a lot of members said their child was able to read by the end of the year and added no additional supplements to the curriculum. I will update as we go along if I feel supplements are needed.
My Homeschooling Planner
You can read more on that here, hint I used a free planner and it’s perfect.
Excited to get started!
We are excited to get started, I can’t wait to watch my children learn and have fun while doing it. I will do a mid-year update and a final review of the curriclums that I purchased and will post the links here. I’d love to hear from you and your homeschooling adventure. Feel free to comment here or on Facebook, or send an email. Happy Homeschooling!