Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices ~ Year-End Review

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

Next, Kindergarten! Here’s a reminder of the original Kindergarten Curriculum Choices post, and here are our literacy and math goals.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

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Below I will go through each one separately and tell you our thoughts now that the year is complete. But before I do that I want to answer the most frequently asked question I get about our Kindergarten – always about our daily routine!

Although every day was different, and things changed throughout the year, here’s a basic outline of what we did each week…

  • Literature Units ~ almost every day we usually did 1-3 activities per day.
  • YCR Sight Words ~ more intense in the beginning, with up to 3 activities per day, more mild in the end when she was learning the words faster.  1-2 activities per day, only 2-3 days a week.
  • YCR Word Families ~ same as above, more intense and daily in the beginning, only 2 days a week near the end.
  • RLRS ~ we usually did one letter per week, doing 1 activity per day.  For most of the year she did the coloring page, the letter tracing page and the glue the verse page.  This was a small part, although we did spend lots of casual time talking about the verse and learning the verse tune.
  • Logic of English Foundations A~ we did a few lessons per week, depending on the lessons.  I would stop when she seemed done.  Some of the lessons were longer so there wasn’t an exact method to this.
  • All About Reading 1 ~ we started this in the early spring and she flew through it usually doing at least one lesson per day, sometimes more {at her request}
  • Spielgaben ~ we usually only did 1 formal lesson per week, sometimes 2.  There was free play a lot but I usually only planned 1-2 lessons per week.  I loved the simple and engaging math lessons we did with Spielgaben, which we are still doing and will do throughout 1st grade!
  • Daily Literacy & Spelling ~ she did this with Daddy, usually about 3-4 times per week. She really liked both, so it was a pretty simple add in.

Kindergarten Literature Units

I created these units on a whim and they were by far my favorite part of her homeschool year!  This was the core of her math curriculum, building in Kindergarten math skills in a simple way. She loved these units as much as I did. I am so glad I went with this plan, it was a great fit for her.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed during her Kindergarten year, in the order we did them.

Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit Study in Action My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action A Color of His Own Unit Study in ActionThe Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words

This was a great fit for Ladybug, as it was for Krash when he used it. She picked up on sight words quickly and enjoyed the units.  Near the end we actually stopped before the units were complete because I “pretested” her before preparing the next unit and she already knew the words!  Her reading skills really took off in the spring and there was no need to work on words she already knew!  So, we stopped YCR Sight Words after Unit 13 {skipping units 14-18}.  We did very little with the color/number word units also, since she knew those words too.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed this year.

You Can Read Sight Words Kindergarten Year End Review

You Can Read Word Families

I only wish I had created these earlier in the year.  I added them in a bit too late in the year but she still loved them.  After 7 units she had mastered CVC words so I didn’t even use the remaining units I had created with her.  Had we begun earlier we would have been able to use them all I bet.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed, click to see the post!

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Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z

She enjoyed learning verses with me, but this wasn’t her favorite part of homeschooling Kindergarten.  She didn’t dislike it, she just preferred other subjects. It was a very simple way to do a few things ~ memorize and learn verses, work on handwriting, reinforce new words within the verses and practice sight words. We didn’t make it through the entire alphabet, mostly due to life circumstances slowing us down.  We are currently still finishing!

See all of the units we have done here

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Graphic Draft 2

Logic of English Foundations A

We both LOVED LOE Foundations A!  I explained how we used this curriculum along with All About Reading in this post.  We were given LOE to review and I wanted to give it a try.  It ended up being the perfect thing to use right before All About Reading Level 1.

I tried to write out my review of this but just couldn’t so I made a video instead.  It’s about 6 minutes, walking you through the parts I really liked about this curriculum.

All About Reading Level 1

We began AAR 1 after we hit lesson 30 in LOE A, around February. It was the perfect transition and she has breezed through the All About Reading lessons.

She LOVED the books and so do I.  We will be moving on with AAR and beginning level 2 soon! Here’s a post I shared about organizing All About Reading.

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Spielgaben

This was such a fun part of our homeschool and a part that I am really glad we added in.  Much of her math knowledge has come from working with our Spielgaben set. We will be continuing on with Spielgaben for 1st grade, mainly for math.

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten  Spielgaben ~ Is it Worth it

Playful Learning with Spielgaben August 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben October 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben November 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben December 2014Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015 Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015 Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015 Math Play with Spielgaben - ideas for learning addition to 10 Exploring Symmetry with Spielgaben

Integrity Time Bible

I truly love this program, but sadly I had to let it go when we were going through our move, and my husband’s injury recovery.  It was the extra that just had to give. She really, really liked the lessons, I just didn’t make time to add them back in once we moved. Integrity Time Bible -1175

Daily Literacy

We loved our Daily Literacy work and I made a little video to give you a better look…

Spelling

I ordered a simple spelling book using Zulily credit and I am so glad I did.  It ended up being a great fit for my daughter, here’s a peek in a video I made

Kindergarten Apps

We used some great apps this year and I share them in this post.  I love everything listed and we will continue to use our iPad for homeschool learning in 1st grade too!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

Want to see more of Kindergarten in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our 7th Grade Year-End Review and our 3rd Grade Year-End Review.

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review  7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review



You Can Read Sight Words Year End Review

You Can Read Sight Words Kindergarten Year End Review

We had another excellent experience with You Can Read Sight Words this past homeschool year!  I created this program for my son and used it with him a few years ago.  I then used it this past year with my daughter and thankfully she loved it and had great success with it also!

You may have noticed we abruptly stopped posting about our You Can Read adventures after Unit 13.  There are 18 total units, plus color and number words.  Wondering why we stopped sharing?  Read below to find out why!

Here’s a recap of the units she completed this year, click on the images to see each post.

You-Can-Read-Sight-Words--Unit-14 You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-24 You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-34 You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-44You-Can-Read-Sight-Word-Review5 You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-unit-55 You-Can-Read-Unit-65 You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-75You Can Read Sight Words Unit 8 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 9 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 10[1] You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 13

As I was preparing for unit 14, she noticed what I was doing and came up next to me and read all of the words.  I quickly realized we were at the stage where I needed to “pretest” her so I didn’t waste my time preparing a unit she didn’t even need.

Well, guess what?  I showed her the rest of the words from units 15-18 and she knew all but a couple.  I opted to just have her learn those words naturally and skip the last units.

Then I began to prepare the color and number words, and found out she knew most of those too.  Below, you can see how I pretested her, having her flip over a card {from the sight word caterpillar} and read it to me.  She put them in piles of words she knew and words she didn’t know.

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So, we stopped our You Can Read Sight Words units, much more quickly than I had planned.  I followed her lead and we moved on!  I am so thankful for the way this program helped my kids and how easy it was for me to use as a home teacher.  I pray many of you will enjoy it also!

 

Download the FREE printables for You Can Read here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

Our videos show many of the activities in action…



Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I am sad that this is one of our last Kindergarten Literature Units,  unless I decide to do more this summer.  I had a few more I wanted to create and do with her, so we will see! 

This one, Five Little Chicks, was inspired by her recent obsession with chickens.

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. For this unit, we gathered our stuffed chickens, our farm magnets, and displayed our chicken books.

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A very simple sensory tub, with popcorn kernels and little chickens.  The little gold pipe cleaner pieces are worms. She LOVED this tub, and it is still out even though our unit is done.

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We stocked up on chicken books at the library!

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Day One

We began by labeling the chicken

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Painting the chick and the chicken was a favorite, as always!

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Day Two

While I read one of our longer non-fiction books about chickens, she put her chicken together.

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Day Three

Sorting rhyming words…

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Coloring the hundreds chart chick…

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Day Four

Tracing the missing numbers…

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Unscramble the sentence…

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Day Five

Gluing words with the correct picture…

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Greater and less than…

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Sorting coins…

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Day Six

Sequencing the story…

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Comprehension questions…

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All of our work from this unit! Such a FUN unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit  Chickens Books and ToysFive Little Chicks Pinterest Board

 

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

A-Color-of-His-Own-Unit-Study-in-Act[1]  Hi-Pizza-Man-Kindergarten-Literature  The-Selfish-Crocodile-Kindergarten-L[1]

  My-Cats-Nick-and-Nora-Kindergarten-L[1]  The-Dog-Who-Had-Kittens-Kindergarten  Goose-Kindergarten-Literature-UnitMr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action  Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action

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Try-It Sheet and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

Try It Spelling Printable and Basic Writing Checklist for Young Writers

I have been busy creating many writing tools for my daughter, and sharing them with you!  I have been using a Try-It sheet with all three of my kids since they began writing, and used them back when I taught Kindergarten.  I have never shared a printable on my blog until now! 

How we use the Try-It Sheet

A young writer is often discouraged when words or sounds come up that s/he doesn’t know how to spell.  Instead of spelling words for my daughter I encourage her to try the word first, writing any sounds she hears in the word.  She then brings the paper to me and I show her the correct spelling.  If time permits we discuss the sounds she got right, and learn from her mistakes.  Sometimes it’s a quick pass back of the paper so writing can flow freely. 

Below you can see a peek at her recent Try-It Sheet…

Try-It Spelling Printable

 

Below you can see my daughter in action as she uses her Try-It Sheet.  She is using our writing paper and also something new we will be sharing very soon!  Here’s a peek from our Instagram!

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There’s also a basic early writing checklist in 2 formats.  One with a space for checking off when editing a paper, and one without check boxes to display on a wall or in a writing notebook.

Basic Writing Checklist Printable  Basic Writing Checklist Printable

 

Download your free Try-It Sheet and Basic Checklist here!

Young Writer Printables

 

Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack and Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart too!

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Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printable

Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart Printables

Having a simple alphabet chart available for young writers can greatly assist with proper letter formation.  Hang a chart on the wall, keep a laminated copy on the table, or slip one in the front of the writing notebook if you use one.

Homeschoolers and classroom teachers use a variety of handwriting methods so I am offering a few different options!

There’s a regular manuscript font, a cursive font and a D’Nealian font. One blank, one with lines, and one with stroke help {numbers}.

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There’s also a box handwriting chart and an additional print font we like.

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Each page shown above is also included with a dotted font for tracing.

Slide13 Slide14 Slide15Slide16 Slide17 Slide18Slide19 Slide21 Alphabet Handwriting Charts

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Stay tuned, I have more fun and free printables that are all connected to our writing paper printables and alphabet chart printables!

Download your Choose Your Own Alphabet Charts here!

Choose Your Own Alphabet Chart

Be sure to grab our free Choose Your Own Writing Paper Printable Pack too!

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