Currently, I have one preschooler and one kindergartner in our homeschool. Garin will turn 4 at the end of the month and Micah is 5. We are not doing a lot with the preschooler, other than having him sit in on cooperative subjects and letting him listen in on lessons, but I’ll include what we will be doing with him because I suspect we’ll add him sometime mid-year.
Preschool Homeschool Curriculum
As with all my younguns, we will start out with Rod & Staff’s ABC Series:
We are still working through these with our Kindergartner as well. They are simply a fun way to learn school-type skills, and not something we stress over “getting done.”
Don’t forget to give your preschoolers plenty of time to play and explore! This is the best preschool curriculum!
Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
All of my younger crowd will be doing Five in a Row.
We will be starting the year out with How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. I am beyond excited about sharing this book with my children, and this is the perfect time of year to do so! (Check out my FIAR Pinterest board for links and resources to supplement Five in a Row.)
If you are wondering how I knew he was ready to learn to read, here are the things I noticed:
1. He was mimicking his big brother’s phonics lessons.
2. He was asking me to tell him what certain words said.
3. He was “pretending” to sound out words.
4. He was sitting down to “read” books more and more.
As I mentioned above, Micah is still working through the Rod & Staff ABC workbooks, with particular emphasis on his numbers. He’s a great little reader, but numbers are more difficult for him to retain. We work a lot on the side counting and helping him recognize numbers in every day life.
As you’ll notice, the early years of homeschooling in our home are pared down and simple. As I mention in my ebook, Large Family Homeschooling, we believe the Trickle-Down Effect of the one-room schoolhouses of yesteryear really do work, creating less of a need for academic rigor when children are very young.
To learn more about how we homeschool the early years
and what a typical homeschool day looks like,
be sure to check out my
here on Raising Arrows!