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Kindergarten Curricula Choices

My child is enrolled in a local homeschool provider that offers open curriculum, which means that parents have the liberty of choosing some curriculum provided it is in line with the suggested requirements by the Department of Education (DepEd). Curricula choices should also be approved by the adviser.

Our family has decided to enroll with a provider so we could get proper accreditation. That means the provider handles registration with the DepEd and facilitates the paperwork on our behalf.

Below are the curricula choices I’ve made for a Classical Christian Education at home for the Kindergarten (K2) level.

Classical Christian Homeschool

Classical Education is language-focused. It has a lot to do with content or facts instead of images or visuals. This is particularly true in the early years. It is a method of teaching using the Trivium, that is Grammar, Logic and Rhethoric. Dorothy Sayers defines these three stages as Parrot, Pert, and Poet in her essay, The Lost Tools of Learning.

Claritas Cycle 1 by Claritas Pubulishing

Core Curriculum: Claritas Classical Academy

Claritas is a Classical Christian Education curricula that I am very happy to have discovered fairly recently. The content in Claritas does not necessarily align with DepEd requirements for Kindergarten. But it is necessary for us to build memory pegs for a proper Classical Education at home. So we learn these facts on top of the other required subjects.

There are 28 weeks worth of memory work in Claritas Cycle 1 including English Grammar, Math, Science, Scripture, History, Hymn, Geography, Timeline, and Latin. We memorize all these information or pegs during the Grammar years with the help of Claritas audio, which is basically all the memory work set into music.

English: I Can Fly™ Reading Program

I have mentioned before that my child has specific learning needs. One of those learning challenges is dyslexia, which is “a brain-based issue that makes it hard to learn and to read fluently.”

The lessons in I Can Fly are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is beneficial for dyslexics as it is cumulative and it involves a lot of repetition.

Math: Math U See Primer

My child has also been diagnosed with dyscalculia, which is a math learning disability. Number sense may seem simple to other children her age. But dyscalculia makes it difficult for her to grasp numbers and recall math facts. I’ve chosen Math U See Primer, which is a mastery math program that uses manipulatives with the workbooks and a teaching DVD.

Science: Early Beginnings & Life Science

For Science, we’ll be using Early Beginnings as suggested by our homeschool provider in order to fulfill curriculum requirements. But we’ll also supplement it with the Life Science guide from Claritas as we work through the memory pegs in our core curriculum.

Filipino: Wika At Buhay

I am honestly clueless about teaching Filipino so we stuck with the recommended book by the homeschool provider, which is Wika At Buhay. But I’m hoping to supplement my lack of Filipino knowledge with Adarna House’s Wikahon Pre-A, a collection of reading and exercises that is similar to the SRA Reading Program that I did at school in elementary. We’ll also be doing a few exercises from Buksan.

Social Studies: Mystery of History, Volume 1

One essential book that was required by our provider is the first volume of Mystery of History. I like that it also appears to be classical and it provides a Christian worldview. But I like The Story of the World better. I find that it is more fitting for younger children. So we’re also supplementing our history lessons with Susan Wise Bauer’s currriculum.

Bible: The Child’s Story Bible and God’s Story

I love this children’s story Bible. It is timeless, well-written, and theologically sound having written by Catherine F. Vos, the wife of Biblical theology giant, Dr. Geerardhus Vos of Princeton Theological Seminary.

We’ll also supplement our Bible time with catechism lessons using the Kids’ Quest! Catechism Club by Great Commissions Publication.

Character: Achieving True Success

Achieving True Success is another book requirement provided by our homeschool provider. I plan to aid our character building with more Christ-centered lessons offered in Get Wisdom! by Ruth Younts.

Other Curricula Choices

Handwriting Without Tears for handwriting practice
Drawing with Children uses the Monart Method
Bob Books and Dick and Jane for practicing reading.
First Language Lessons is originally designed for first graders. We’ll be going through this book slowly to complement the English Grammar descriptions we are memorizing with the help of the Claritas memory guide.

That sums up all our curricula choices for homeschooling in the Kindergarten (K2) level in the Philippines.

What did you choose for your child/ren when they were in Kindergarten?

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