We are a mere two months away from having a Kindergartener! I am more than ready to finally share what core homeschool curriculum I’ve chosen for the year.
I can hardly believe that in 2 months my oldest will be in Kindergarten. We decided on homeschooling when Wyatt was 3 and I remember thinking it would be so long before we needed to make it “official.” Time caught up with us quickly because now is the time and I’m more excited than ever before!
In today’s time there is a lot of uncertainty of how public school will go this year. I cannot imagine sending my child to his very first year of school in the mess that’s going on in this world. I think that makes me even more thankful that I made the decision to homeschool before COVID-19 was even thought about.
If you are homeschooling this year because of the circumstances I may not be a pro but I will tell you that you can 100% do this! Research, inform yourself as much as possible and most importantly follow your heart.
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Video
How To Choose A Curriculum
Last year for Pre-K I decided to try out “The Good And The Beautiful” for language arts. I had heard many good things about them and I’m so glad I gave it a try.
For a while I wondered if TGTB was a good fit for us because it didn’t go as smoothly as I pictured it would. After completing the Level-K Primer course we took a break from normal school and done a lot of gameschooling. This helped out tremendously!
I think if I had to do preschool over I would have started K-Primer the 2nd half of the year instead of 1st half because developmentally Wyatt was much more ready in January vs August.
After MUCH consideration I’m happy to report that I’ve chosen TGTB for Kindergarten as well! I researched other curriculum, watched reviews and nothing matched up as far as content for the price.
In my opinion, I do feel like choosing a curriculum is a very personal decision. Every child is different and some may need a challenge where others would do better with a slower pace. That’s the beauty in homeschooling!
I knew from the get go that I wanted to use The Good and The Beautiful for math. Wyatt is particularly drawn to math and I love how comprehensive their math curriculum is.
Math K is split up into two spiral bound workbooks and an optional math kit you can purchase. The math kit has manipulatives used within the lessons and are not required but strongly recommended. Wyatt doesn’t typically like using a lot of counters but I did go ahead and purchase the kit so we would have everything just in case.
Something I really like about Math K is that each lesson includes a “daily dose.” The daily dose is designed to teach math principles best learned through repetition. Teaching dates and parts of a calendar are part of the daily dose thankfully! That is something we need to work on for sure.
Language Arts Level K
Purchasing language arts from TGTB was something I debated on for a while. Ultimately I did make the decision to buy it because I felt like no other curriculum compared. Wyatt has taken more of an interest in learning to read lately and I think TGTB will be much more beneficial this year simply because he is more ready.
Language arts level-K comes with one course book, level-K mini books, level-K reader and phonics cards.
Something I love about TGTB language arts is that it combines multiple subjects into one course. I also appreciate the strong focus on phonics and repetition.
Handwriting Level K
The last of Wyatt’s core homeschool curriculum is handwriting level-K from you guessed it, The Good And The Beautiful!
Level-K handwriting includes 102 pages within a small spiral bound notebook.
What I love about this little book is that it’s super simple but in the best way possible. After each page there’s an option for the child to do a little art work. About halfway through the book text size decreases as the child’s skills increase.
For all other subjects I’ve decided to compile them into unit studies! I did one mini unit study last year with Wyatt on wetlands and it was so much fun.
The plan for this year is to do four unit studies for the 2020-2021 school year. I’d like to focus mostly on nature but the sky is the limit here!
I’m excited to share with you all what I come up with in the coming months!