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I thought it would be a good idea to list what curriculum and resources we are using this year to not only document for my sons, but also if you would like to know what we are using. I must warn you, I am eclectic in my choices so I like to use a little bit of everything that I think my sons would be interested in. Every homeschool family and student are different so use what you think your children would be interested in. That makes learning easier for everyone!
Follow me on my Pinterest Kindergarten Board so you don't miss some of the cool ideas I find! I love Pinterest and how creative everyone is! Here is the link for my Pinterest Preschool Board.
Also, check out my Facebook page for the latest updates and cool new finds!
Bible Time for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by: Sarah Young.
After we are finished with this, I am planning on using CalvaryCurriculum.com.
Music for both Kindergarten and Preschool:
We are doing nursery rhymes this year for both boys. It is not only fun, but it teaches phonics and reading skills along with some rhythm and exercise! YouTube is also a great way to find ideas for music and cute nursery rhyme videos. Check out this post from Living Montessori Now for some back to school center songs and nursery rhymes. We are using Scholastic Follow-the-Directions Art Nursery Rhymes book by: Deborah Schecter and Scholastic Nursery Rhyme Flip Chart book.
Calendar Time for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Happy and Blessed Home put together this amazing set of printables and it is free until September 30, 2014.
Art for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
I like to use Pinterest for fun art ideas that are holiday themed or appropriate for what we are learning about. It is wonderful to have paint, crayons, construction paper, laminator, a printer for templates, and Play doh! Play doh happens a lot in our homeschool art time :)
Physical Fitness for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Family Time Fitness. We also like to go for walks, go to the playground and swim.
1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by: S. Engelmann, P. Haddox & E. Bruner - I've been working with my oldest since last year on this when he was doing pre-K. He is halfway done the book and knows about 120 words to read and spell! DonnaYoung.org offers free printables to go along with this book.
2. Five in a Row - fun lapbooks and file folder games with book recommendations.
3. BOB Books - This Reading Mama has amazing sets of printables to go along with these adorable books!
Kindergarten Social Studies:
Cotton Ridge Homeschool: Around the world in 28 weeks Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten
I found some great free websites for Science:
1. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Science Building Brighter Futures (For fun resource games and activities)
2. Math Science Nucleus (Free curriculum from a non-profit for K-8)
A+ Interactive Math TutorSoft Inc. and SchoolZone Math Readiness P-K by: Jennifer Neumann.
Writing, Spelling and Vocabulary:
I plan to use whatever we are learning for the week to practice writing, spelling and vocabulary in their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Alphabet Book.
ABCmouse.com - It is worth every penny! The boys get to do ABCmouse.com when they are done their studies for the day and I feel like it covers any gaps that I have missed. It also helps them learn how to use the computer.
The Mailbox - great for printables, crafts and center ideas.
If you are wondering how to put all of your homeschool materials and what you covered throughout the year, check out my post here.
Well, that's about it! I will update this post throughout the year. It looks ambitious but I am excited and glad to be back to a routine and some pumpkin lattes!
What grades are you teaching this year? What curriculum and resources do you and your family enjoy?
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