Kindergarten Literature Based Unit Studies

I will be homeschooling my daughter for Kindergarten, and not using any formal curriculum.  With the boys we loosely followed Calvert, but with her I am doing my own thing and enjoying this final year of glorious early childhood freedom and fun. I am in NO rush to hurry her academically.

As I prayed about what to center our learning around I struggled a bit but then had a light bulb moment. When PacMan was in Kindergarten we did tons of unit studies based around his interests and made Lapbooks together.  I am not in a season of life where I really want to do Lapbooks again, but the unit study idea appealed to me. Literature based curriculum also appealed to me but I did not want to follow a purchased program. So I am inventing my own wheel again!

We will be using Literature based unit studies for the backbone of our Kindergarten. I am certainly not the first to do this, there are wonderful curriculums based around this idea and there are awesome free literature based unit study printables out there too {Homeschool Share is my favorite source}. I will be using many printables from Homeschool Share {thanks Ami!} but I also wanted to choose HER favorite books and develop our own unit studies around those.  Below you can see some of the books we have in our stack so far.

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

To prepare for this, I made my list of her favorites, and had her help me collect her favorite books.  Some on our list wouldn’t be my first choice for a unit study, but I am honoring her favorites and following her lead! Here are the books we have on our list so far…

{linked books are done and you can click to see printables}

See all books we have on our list here in our Amazon store!

In developing the unit studies, I am keeping our own personal Kindergarten math and literacy goals in mind. I will be sharing these in more detail in separate posts soon. I actually am working behind the scenes on the first book I chose for her, “Hi! Mr. Pizza Man!” and have had so much fun developing this.  I miss my Kindergarten teaching days and am so excited for this year with my last Kindergartner.

I will be sharing our unit study printables for free, as I develop them.  I am also open to book suggestions.  I have not finished compiling our list, and would love to introduce her to new favorites. She is very picky and I will be focusing my time developing units we will be using personally.

See our units in action by clicking on the graphics below!

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The Transition to Kindergarten at Home

Ladybug is currently in our last week of our home preschool plan {sniff, sniff} and is turning 5 very soon!  I am finalizing our transition to Kindergarten at home plan to prepare.

I  will adjust our official plan and routine for the fall, but from about April-August, Ladybug will still want to “do school” and we will!  I have developed a simple transitional plan for her. I will continue our Learning with Ladybug feature, as it isn’t grade specific.  I will just keep writing wrap up posts so you can see what we are doing!  Is this Kindergarten?  Yes, she is definitely at that level.  My sad little mommy self just isn’t ready to call it that yet.

The Transition to Home Kindergarten

Here’s my plan from now until the fall {since she will school some in the summer even though the boys take a break}.  She loves time with me doing school and I love it too.

Add in Literature Based Unit Studies using books she loves {I am developing some and will be using some from Homeschool Share}

Begin working with Kindergarten Packs {updating some to themes she loves}

Have theme weeks based on her interests {rather than a letter focus each week}

Try You Can Read to see if she is ready {I am honestly not sure what she will think}

Continue Spielgaben, Integrity Time Bible and All By Myself Boxes

Mouse Paint Printables

Mouse Paint Q Tip Painting Color Words

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Mouse Paint is a great way to work on color word and although my daughter is a bit young for this, it’s not too early to expose!  I made these to be Q tip painting sheets, but she is an out of the box thinker and asked for glitter.  Together we put tiny glue dots on the bubbles and then glittered them!

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~>~> Download the Mouse Paint Q-Tip Painting Color Words here! <~<~

Q Tip Alphabet Painting   Q Tip Painting Number Printables

Mouse Paint Pocket Chart Printables

I also made a simple pocket chart activity based on the book, you can download it for free on my Pocket Chart Printables webpage {just click on the graphic on that page}.

Mouse Paint Pocket Chart Printables


We are having our Mouse Paint week right now, I will share more in an upcoming post!

See our free theme printable packs


Q Tip Painting Numbers

Q Tip Painting Numbers

So many of my printables are literacy related, and I often forget about the numbers! My girl LOVES the Q-tip alphabet set, so I made a couple of number sets for fun too.  I couldn’t decide which version I liked so I made 3!

I made a set with dots to paint, and the numbers, this set goes from 0-30, here’s a sample…



I made a 1-10 set with counting hands…



Finally, a 1-10 set with images and number words.



Since I am on a bit of a number kick, I made a webpage similar to my All ABC webpage, but for numbers!

Number Printables


You’ll find all of my number related printables available already plus a couple of new printable sets!

Q Tip Painting Number Printables Addition Facts File Folder Money Lapbook Calendar Notebook Printables

Number Mats Pom Pom Numbers Tot Time Notebook Numbers Which Number

All ABCs ~ Alphabet Printables

Colored pattern with letters of alphabet


I have been working behind the scenes on a new webpage to host all of my ABC printables and ideas in one area. I am finally ready to share the new page ALL ABCs with you!  Here you will find links to every alphabet printable I have shared, as well as links to posts sharing ideas for ABCs.

There are a few NEW Alphabet Printables

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Links to Alphabet Printables that I have shared over the years…

Letter Mazes ABC Easy Reader2 Animal ABC Flashcards 

Tot Time Notebook ABCs Clothespin Clip ABCs Color By Number ABCs 

Just Color ABCs Tot School Printables ABC Flashcards ABC Find it


You’ll find links to my other ABC posts, programs, and ideas as well.

Alphabet Idea Collection Hands on the Alphabet

Animal ABCs Printables Tot School Printables A to Z

I hope the new All ABCs webpage helps you find anything ABC related on my site!