Our 2013-2014 Preschool & Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Plan

We have decided to officially homeschool our oldest who’s 5-1/2 for kindergarten this year, and continue with preschool at home for our youngest who just turned 4 years old. Over the next few posts, I’ll share with you the curriculum and resources we’ll be using this year, our school room set up, our organization systems, our daily routine, and more!  We are in our third week of homeschool already as I wanted to get most of the kinks worked out before sharing! 😉  Today’s post is about the preschool and kindergarten homeschool curriculum we will be using this year!

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Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plan for Preschool and Kindergarten

Many of the materials and curriculum we will be using this year are the same for both children. When there is a difference in materials, I’ll specify which is for the kindergartener and which is for the preschooler. I am also admittedly a bit of a curriculum junkie, so I will list the main materials we are using for each subject with a * and then any that we are using as supplements without a *. You most certainly do not need more than one curriculum per subject. Our curriculum is very heavily reading based, so most of these choices will work well for children who love listening to read alouds. Much of our curriculum is also Christian.

Have questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments or on our Facebook page!

Bible:

*Telling God’s Story Year 1 – We are using the instructor’s text for the read aloud portion, and the go-along coloring sheet from the activity book for the kids to color while listening. 

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book by Elsie Egermeier – for read aloud

God’s Great Covenant series – using as a family read aloud, along with corresponding Bible verses, and for group discussion

First Catechism: Teaching Children Bible Truths and Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers CD series – We are reading 2 new questions each week and listening to the accompanying songs to help us learn and memorize them.

Grammar & Review:

*Classical Conversations: Foundations Cycle 2 (Doing this on our own at home; this is a big undertaking!  More to come!)

Reading:

*All About Reading Level Pre-1 (for both kids) and Level 1 (for kindergarten only)

*Explode the Code workbooks – Get Ready for the Code Book A (for preschool) and Book 1-1/2 (for kindergarten)

BOB Books and other readers – for kindergarten only

Picture book and chapter books – for read alouds

Sing a Song of Poetry Grade 1 by Fountas & Pinnell – I copy a poem for each child, I read aloud, and then children illustrate the poem and add it to their poetry notebook.

Math:

*Saxon Math 1 – using this with both kids.  Got Saxon K and completed the first few lessons, but it was moving too slow and the kids already knew the material, so we skipped ahead to level 1.  Saxon K would be good for preschool if you haven’t done much calendar or math work before, but if the child already has a good concept of counting and 1-10, then I’d start with Saxon 1. 

Writing/Spelling:

Spelling Plus (kindergarten only)

*Handwriting Without Tears (finish preschool workbook, start kindergarten with both kids)

Draw Write Now (along with these free printables from 1+1+1=1 which make the writing part easier for young kids)

Journals

Science:

201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments by Janice VanCleave

Everything you need to know about Science Homework – using as a reference guide

Christian Liberty Nature Reader – Book K and Book 1

Gardening 

Bird Watching

Art:

Home Art Studio DVD for Kindergarten (will use with both kids)

Music:

Piano – still looking for what we will be using for beginning piano instruction

Character :

*We Choose Virtues – we learn one new virtue each week

History/Geography:

*A Child’s Geography: Explore His Earth – using as a read aloud

*Story of the World series – using only as a read aloud

The Mystery of History series – using only as a read aloud

 

Keep in mind we do not use all these materials every day or even every week!  Our main focus each day is on Bible, reading, writing, and math, and we also do a lot of learning without using any curriculum at all!  I will talk more about our daily routines and weekly schedules in upcoming posts!

Are you homeschooling this year?  What ages?  What curriculum are you using?


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book! http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/ http://www.parentteachplay.com/

  • Wow, super impressed with your curriculum choices, planning and organization.

  • Ashley says:

    You make me feel like such a slacker! I’m lucky to have a reading and math curriculum for my preK and K. Other then that it we are doing FIAR. I will have to check out some of the books you are using!

  • Victoria says:

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 My little one will be going into Kindergarten next year and I’m already looking into getting into a set curriculum with her. These are great, checking them out!

  • What wonderful resources! I pinned this post!

  • Alicia says:

    This was an awesome post! I’m starting pre-k with my daughter next week and have spent days trying to figure out what to do for a specific Bible time, aside from devotions. I was going to start piecing my own together but that curriculum looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • AutumnRennie says:

    This looks like a great line up. Thank you for the book recommendation, 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, and Incredible Experiments! We are going to be amping up our science this year.

  • Umm 'Umar says:

    I had a question about the Saxon Series you’re using. Did you also get the Manipulatives Kit along with the books? Just wondering if they’re worth getting 🙂

    • Genny Upton says:

      I didn’t, but only because I think we already own most or all of the manipulatives in the kit, and I’ll just plan to pick up any extra things we might not have as we go along. If we didn’t already have the materials though, I would have gotten the kit or searched around for good deals on the individual materials that are used. 🙂

  • JoAnna Jones says:

    We just completed our very first week of homeschool and I’m happy to say we all survived!! Even better, it looks promising that we’ll survive the whole year. I have two girls, ages 7 & 4. For second grade we are using Sonlight along with Abeka for math and for pre-K I am totally winging it. I also purchased Home Art Studio for 1st grade and am hoping it’s as fun as it appears. And we are learning Spanish through La Clase Divertida.

  • […] In Lieu of Preschool – Another great blog that I’ve been following for a while, this post provides an outline for preschool and kindergarten curriculum, in case you need more structure. The only downside is that buying these books can be pricy, but it’s still cheaper than an entire curriculum set. […]

  • Susan says:

    This is GREAT, thank you for sharing! I’m so excited to have found your blog:)

  • Such a thorough list. Thank you for sharing! My wee one will be starting Kindergarten at home next year. I too am a Teacher who has decided to teach my own. I look forward to hearing more about your homeschooling day!

  • Wow! This is an epic post. Genny, very well done.

  • Veronica says:

    Great plan Genny.Thanks for sharing.May I use this to prepare my own plan?

  • Carmen says:

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! Keeps me motivated. Started homeschool my 2.5 since he was 6 mos old. : )

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