This is my second time to homeschool a Kindergarten student, and both of my children could not be more different from one another. My eldest had experience with being a student at a preschool for a few years, so she knows some of the ropes of how school work needs to be done. My little boy, however, had no previous academic training. Aside from short-lived pre-reading lessons with a visiting teacher and Sunday school classes, I am the only instructor he knows. He is what Andrew Pudewa would classify as a boy who would rather make forts all day.
You could check the curriculum I created with my first Kindergarten student over here and compare the materials that I have chosen. This time around, as you will see, I will be providing the bare (no-frills) and boy edition of the curriculum. If you’re up for it, you could also read about my educational philosophy in the early years of classical Christian education over here.
Bible & Theology
Homeschool is now integrated in our home life. So, even though my son was not yet enrolled with a provider, he was already joining our Bible story time or Family Worship in the morning. He has been participating by listening and drawing on his Bible Journal after each reading. So a lot of the materials here are actually overlaps with the books that I’ll be using together with his sister, an incoming second grade student. You could get a whole picture of what we’re trying to do if you read that, too.
- The Tent of God by Marianne Radius [out of print]
- Big Beliefs!: Small Devotionals Introducing Your Family to Big Truths by David Helm
- The Children’s Catechism
- Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt
Because we seek to homeschool classically, we shall be reading myths, stories and fables that have occupied the minds of the classical world, as well as learn the old language of Latin in order to immerse ourselves in the culture of the classical world.
Classic Myths and Fables
- Classic Myths to Read Aloud by William F. Russell
- Stories from Plato and Other Classic Writers: Hesiod, Homer, Aristophanes, Ovid, Catullus, and Pliny by Mary E. Burt
- The Aesop for Children with pictures by Milo Winter
There is no need to go deep with grammar and declensions in Kindergarten, so memorizing poems and singing chants in Latin help to gently introduce the language. The goal is more on familiarity as this point, instead of mastery, which will come much later. If you wish to learn more about Latin materials, I wrote an entry about our favorite Latin resources.
- Mater Anserina: Poems in Latin for Children by Milena Minkova
- Song School Latin by Classic Academic Press
We will be using Toe by Toe to learn how to decode text. It is a highly structured reading program created for dyslexics, but any child with different abilities can benefit from it. At the same, the Explode the Code books will be helping us with reading and spelling.
- Toe by Toe: A Highly Structured Multi-Sensory Reading Manual for Teachers and Parents by Keda Cowling and Harry Cowling
- Explode the Code 1-3
Aside from Winnie the Pooh and Just So stories, you may think that Beowulf might be an odd choice for a Kindergartener. But my son loves the heroic feats in this book! Also I can’t help but note that many writers, such J. R. R. Tolkien, have been greatly inspired by this legendary tale. I really do think that Beowulf should be part of a young boy’s library at some point.
- The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
- Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tullane by Kate DiCamillo
- Stories of Beowulf Told to Children by H. E. Marshall
- Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
- Arthur High King of Britain by Michael Morpurgo
Did I mention that we love Michael Morpurgo’s retellings? So we’ll also be reading his books for Arthur and Sir Gawain, because my boy wants to learn more about knights and kings!
- Favorite Readers for Beginners (Level K-2)
- A Primary Reader: Old-time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children by E. Louise Smythe
While we read lots of Filipino living books, we will also use WIKAHON to provide some sort of structure in learning the Filipino language. The short and incremental lessons provided by this curriculum is exactly what we need to implement Filipino at home.
- WIKAHON Pre-A by Adarna House
- Sa Dako Pa Roon (The Brother’s Grimm Retold) by Fran Ng
- Noong Unang Panahon (Hans Christian Andersen Retold) by Fran Ng
- Ang Kabayo ng Troya by Peggy Manuel
- Si Odysseus at ang Cyclops by Peggy Manuel
- Si Melampus at ang mga Ahas by Peggy Manuel
- Buksan Flashcards
This will be the second time for us to take on Math U See Primer, a mastery-based curriculum. It doesn’t have the usual colorful pages, but it does the job of explaining things step-by-step. We’ll supplement with Kindergarten Math with Confidence, and perhaps another book for mental math practice.
History & Geography
One thing I’ve learned about doing Kindergarten twice now is that you don’t need to take on a full-blown history curriculum just yet. You can begin in First Grade, and it won’t really make that much difference. What you can do instead is to read myths and various stories from history. They not only provide literary wonder, but they also build moral imagination. And if you grow up with a good Bible in hand and a lot of wonderful stories in between, you will find that there is really no need for a character curriculum after all.
- Seven Little Sisters Who Live On the Round Ball by Jane Andrews
- The First Around the Globe: The Story of Enrique by Reni Roxas and Marc Singer
- Bandila: The Story of the Philippine Flag by Melci Melchor
- The Church History ABCs by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard
Science isn’t really part of the Philippine curriculum for Kindergarten just yet. But my son is big on science, so the lessons will be done together with his sister. Thus, I’ve chosen Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding or BFSU, to provide fundamentals in science using an inquiry-based curriculum—think about the Socratic method of learning where the teacher asks a lot of questions in order to help the student arrive at the right answer. I shall write about how we’ll implement this in our classical Christian homeschool, seeing that it is a secular curriculum. Would you be interested?
- Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding by Bernard J. Nebel, PhD
- Early Elementary Science Education by Shannon Jordan
- Christian Liberty Nature Reader Book 1 or Nature Stories for Young Readers by Florence Bass
Scholé Reads is our basket time. And so, poetry and free reads will be done together with my other student.
- The Harp and Laurel Wreath by Laurel Berquist
- I Am the Seed That Grew The Tree selected by Fionna Waters
- When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne
- The Chronicles of Narnia (The Silver Chair & The Last Battle) by C. S. Lewis
- The Iliad and The Odyssey by Gillian Cross
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo
Care to share some of your thoughts and comments about our curriculum picks? Which material would you like to learn more about?
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