Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a lovely stress free time to ease your way into formal curriculum and build beautiful memories with your child. But not all children are ready for kindergarten. Here is a great article to assess your child’s readiness for kindergarten Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

I’ve structured this page for those who like to piece together their own curriculum but I know there are a lot of people (seems like most I encounter) who just appreciate to find a trusted curriculum that will package it all together for them in a box for a reasonable price. If that is you, this is my best recommendation: Memoria Press Classical Core Kindergarten Complete Set.

Classical Core Kindergarten set
Memoria Press Classical Core Kindergarten Set

For those eclectic folks who like a bit from this and a bit from that, look down below to get ideas from my best suggestions from varying different curriculums. All curriculums mentioned below I have used and loved.

First Things First

Benjamin Franklin believed the crux of all education before 8 years old was to give children a thorough education in their native tongue in the art of reading, writing, and spelling. I heartily agree with him. If we, during these early years, teach our children how to speak well (they learn this effortlessly by listening to you speak well), how to read well (and starting in first and second grades, how to spell well), and teach them to be well mannered, obedient, and respectful, then we have done very well. But first things first, let’s start the process of teaching them how to read.

Phonics is the classical way. Woe to those who tried to teach the terrible “look say method” that permeated the early to mid-1900s. Many children struggled and failed to read because of it (see my article on Phonics). Thankfully most schools and all classical curriculum have gone back to phonics. I grew up in the late 1980’s early 1990’s and we were taught phonics in school. A good phonics curriculum is key. Here are some of the best:

Phonics

Memoria Press Classical Phonics/Handwriting/Spelling

This is a robust, simple to use Phonics curriculum, as well as they will learn to spell and write as they read.

OR A Beka Phonics (Their Method is based on Noah Webster’s Blue Back Speller)

Christian Studies

Math

Memoria Press Kindergarten Math

Memoria Press uses some of the books they have published themselves but supplements most of the teaching with Rod & Staff math (a different publisher).

Math U see – Primer Book

This is the curriculum we use and it’s my top choice, however, I know a lot of classical moms who love the very simple Rod & Staff method (see above) that focuses on drill and repetition. Math U See methods can be very different than what we were taught but the changes are always improvements. Lessons are very short. Math doesn’t take very long and builds in a mastery style progression.

Handwriting Practice/Copybook/Composition

Enrichment (Art, Music, Composer Study, Poetry, and crafts) and Read-A-louds

This section is my very favorite. I love our enrichment time together. The Kindergarten Enrichment Guide (shown below) will take you through all listed in a beautifully ordered fashion through out the course of the year, I highly recommend it. Truly, this is good for any age, not just kindergarteners.

Science

Science isn’t terribly necessary at this age. Really you are just trying to create a sense of wonder through observing the world around them. Good books is the best way to do this. Children will soak up the information through a wonderful story. All books below coordinate with the enrichment set above when using the Memoria Press Kindergarten Enrichment Guide Book. ex: They’ll read a wonderful story about a fish, read a poem about a fish, hear a famous water piece by a famous composer, look at an art card that features a water and fishing scene and then they’ll read a couple of the books below that talk about fish and aquatic animals (in homeschooling we call this a unit study).