Our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our Kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices are ready to share!  We have been doing a modified version of Kindergarten throughout the summer and started back with our full routine last week.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices



Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

The base of our home Kindergarten will be our Kindergarten Literature Unit Studies.  Most of her math will come from these units and just regular hands on learning that occurs naturally for us.

I chose to use You Can Read to emphasize sight word learning since my son loved it so much.  I developed this program myself so it has the elements I love when teaching sight words.

This year I have decided to try a new literacy program with Ladybug.  Logic of English Foundations A was given to us for free and I have taken some time to look over it and have decided to use it with Ladybug.  It is similar to All About Reading, but a bit different. It includes handwriting, phonics, spelling and reading all in one. We loved All About Reading and I will probably use components of it too. I did not switch because I didn’t like All About Reading, I switched just to try something new. Part of the reason I chose to use Logic of English is to get a good solid review of a different early literacy curriculum so I can answer questions for my readers.

I have chosen to use my Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z for her Bible focus, and this also includes some handwriting and literacy skills as well.

We will continue on with our Integrity Time Bible lessons that we loved from last year. This was chosen more for character development rather than Bible verse memorization.

Spielgaben will wrap up our Kindergarten fun with loads of hands on play-based learning.

The Visual Version

You Can Read Button 200x200 Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Raising Lil' Rock Stars

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten LOE Foundations A Integrity Time Bible Review

You can see our literacy and math goals linked below!

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Group Subjects

In addition to her Kindergarten specifics, she will join the boys for the following subjects.  We have already begun a few of these and she really enjoys them so far. Obviously I adjust my expectations for her greatly.  Many of these subjects involve coloring of some sort which she loves!

    The visual version…

YWAM-Heroes-of-History-U.S.-History-[1] Draw your way through the Bible Continent-Boxes_thumb9 Whats-in-the-Bible-DVDs-and-Coloring Geography-and-Cultures10 Young-Composers13

How Does it All Fit Together?

I do school with Ladybug first thing in the morning, usually beginning around 9am and ending around 10:15-10:30am.  We begin with our literature unit and then move on from there.  I usually let her pick what to do next, she has already learned her “categories” of school.  I have opted not to use Workboxes or trays, she functions fine without them and just works through her school time with me.

She doesn’t love school as much as she did as a tot, and will fight me a bit but not much.  She has learned her school complaint techniques from her brothers. I think if she were an only she would still love school time fully.  Once she gets going she does really love it and Ii s mostly compliant with a few whines here and there.  There are certain things she doesn’t love as much but at this stage I do require her to do what I have planned.  I did follow her lead in choosing and developing a plan, but now that it has been chosen, we will do what I have planned.

 

Kindergarten with Krash

We did a few different things with Krash when he was in Kindergarten. See our entire home Kindergarten journey post by post.

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance


Looking for our other homeschool curriculum posts?  Click to see each below!

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

 

Our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices



My middle son is 8 and going into 3rd grade this year. Up until now, we have used Calvert as our base curriculum, you can read here why we chose to change.  Below are the 3rd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Krash!

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used below}

3rd Grade Subjects

These are the subjects only Krash will be doing {the others are listed below in the group subject section}

Krash ~  3rd Grade, age 8

The visual version…

Botany  TT4  Vocab Connections CGrowing with Grammar 2  WS_Junior_D  elementary-kit  First Language Lessons  Home Art Studio

Group Subjects

I also I chose some subjects to do with all 3 of my children together, you’ll see these below.  My kids will be Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 7th grade so I will adjust these subjects to each child’s academic ability as far as my expectations.

    The visual version…

YWAM-Heroes-of-History-U.S.-History-[1] Draw your way through the Bible  Continent-Boxes_thumb9 Whats-in-the-Bible-DVDs-and-Coloring Geography-and-Cultures10 Young-Composers13

Our 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices



My oldest son is 12 and going into 7th grade this year. Up until now, we have used Calvert as our base curriculum, you can read here why we chose to change.  Below are the 7th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!  He had input on these choices and we are both excited about our final decisions.

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7th Grade Subjects

These are the subjects only Pac will be doing {the others are listed below in the group subject section}

The visual version…

Apologia General Science TT Prealgebra LOF Pre Algebra Write Shop 1Vocab Connections G Growing with Grammar 7 Spelling Workout G Who is God

Group Subjects

I also I chose some subjects to do with all 3 of my children together, you’ll see these below {and also in this post here}.  My kids will be Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 7th grade so I will adjust these subjects to each child’s academic ability as far as my expectations.

    The visual version…

YWAM Heroes of History U.S. History Curriculum Draw your way through the Bible  Continent Boxes What's in the Bible DVDs and Coloring Book Geography and Cultures Young Composers

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices



I am really excited to be able to teach many subjects to my kids all together this year!  Since we used Calvert prior to this year {see why we switched here}, it wasn’t easy to do this and I always wanted to.  Ladybug will be in Kindergarten, Krash in 3rd grade and PacMan in 7th grade.  Below are the homeschool curriculum choices I have made for us all to enjoy together.

 

Group Subjects

    The visual version…

YWAM Heroes of History U.S. History Curriculum[12] Draw your way through the Bible  Continent Boxes_thumb[9] What's in the Bible DVDs and Coloring Book[13] Geography and Cultures[10] Young Composers[13]

 

I do plan to complete Mystery of History 1 in one year, but the US History will be spread out over 2-3 years or more.  The other subjects have no stressful time line in my mind, I want to dive in and enjoy our learning together. What’s in the Bible DVDs are making a comeback, we use these as our lunch time learning.  Here’s an old post showing how we do it.  This year we have the brand new coloring book which I am thrilled about.  They sent us these to review, one for each of my kids and they will go along perfectly with the DVDs since all 3 of my kids love to color!

Stay tuned, I will be sharing what I have chosen for each of my children in addition to what you see in this post.

A Homeschool Change

a Big Homeschool Change

This upcoming homeschool year for us will be a big one.  We have decided to make a big change and move away from box curriculum and our cyber school and onto a pick and choose method without the cyber school!

We had a great cyber school experience and have homeschooled in every sense of the word {other than the legal one meaning we were connected to the public school system via our charter school}. Our cyber school experience was vastly different than most and I did all of the teaching, using Calvert.  We didn’t do any virtual classes and had lots of freedom.  So why are we switching?  Calvert isn’t a great fit for Krash but I wanted to give it through 2nd grade to decide.  Towards the middle of this past year I had already decided, it just wasn’t working for Krash and knowing Calvert gets tougher in 3rd grade, I knew we needed a change.  It was just easier to switch PacMan {going into 7th grade} too.  We never even started Ladybug with Calvert or the cyber school, and had no plans to. So, here we are anticipating a wildly different school year for all of us! I am excited and nervous all at the same time!

I know many will want to know WHY Calvert wasn’t a good fit for Krash and why we decided to move Pac away from it to. Here are my basic reasons…

  • Calvert is a highly academic curriculum and although Krash could keep up, it wasn’t the best fit for him.
  • I strongly dislike the ATS service {not familiar, you can search on Calvert’s site to learn more}, which we were required to do due to our cyber school {this was the only part I disliked and was stuck to}.  I desperately wanted to rid our lives of “the green tests” as we call them.  Those of you familiar with ATS and Calvert will know my pain.  They assess every 20 lessons on every single subject. I do NOT want to spend so much time prepping for these and administering them.  With Pac it wasn’t as big of a deal but it got to be more of one these last few years. For K it is a big deal and we needed to be done with this. I must admit, the teacher in me loved ATS in the beginning, but now that I am more homeschool teacher minded than classroom teacher minded I dislike ATS! It took me awhile to realize I didn’t need these types of tests to know my kids were learning!
  • Calvert is not a Christian program and Pac specifically asked for a Christian based science, history and geography. We want our kids to have input and his request was something we took very seriously and wanted to do for him.
  • I really wanted to teach my kids a few subjects all together and Calvert isn’t set up like this at all.  It is child/grade level specific.
  • Calvert’s writing program is fine, but I didn’t love it.  I had a hard time maneuvering throughout their manual and wanted something that was a better fit for me and my kids.  Similar thoughts on their grammar program, the layout is what I didn’t like.  One year I liked it {can’t even remember the year} but the others, no thank you.
    I do think Calvert can be a good fit for some students and families, I am not saying it is bad.  It worked beautifully for PacMan and for me for many years.  Once I added in a second student things went down hill.  It was too hard to manage both and just didn’t work this past year.  The need to switch was very obvious and I am so thankful we made the change. So please know, I am NOT saying Calvert is bad, I am saying it no longer worked for us.  There are many fabulous aspects about it, but in the end I needed to make a choice and moving away was the choice we needed to make.
    HOWEVER, I am in the mess of struggling with weaving together our new choices as I plan this upcoming year.  Calvert and other box curriculums do a fantastic job of doing this FOR YOU.  Moving away from the simplicity of the lesson plans a box curriculum provides is a tad bit overwhelming. But, we are pushing through and I think I finally see the light!
    I do plan to share details on our blog soon about our specific curriculum choices.  In the meantime, here’s two iPhone pictures I have showing pieces of what we will be using {this isn’t everything}! I shared these on Instagram {we are 1plus1plus1}.
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Do you use anything shown above?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!