I cannot believe it, but it is apparently true…..My “baby” will be a kindergartner this coming fall!
The kids have been telling Rose for the past few months that once she turns five, she needs to start school. I can’t remember ever telling her that, but I do think it is probably a bit hard to see someone dancing through the house, loudly playing, singing, and making a ruckus while you are trying to do your math! I think they are all kind of looking forward to her having a bit of her own work to do!
So, on to our plans. I find K super-fun to teach so I have to hold myself back to avoid overplanning. I already own most of Sonlight’s P 4/5 Core so that will be our base. I did not buy the Instructor Guide when I last did this Core with James, but this time around I am planning to get it. I don’t think we will be following the exact daily schedule, but I like the idea of having a loose plan and a few easy activities on hand for her each week. I am also planning on adding in the Grade K Language Arts, handwriting, and a simple introduction to math.
We will be using most of the P 4/5 list, as follows. I noted where I will be subbing or omitting things. I tried to keep the subjects in the same order as the Sonlight catalog for easier following!
*Beginning Social Studies/World Cultures*
New Toes For Tia and The Gods Must be Angry–we will substitute Miss Rumphius and Ox Cart Man, suggestions from Ambleside Online Year 0
Stories From Africa– we will be substituting a few fun picture books set in Africa:
Then and Now
Things People Do
Skipping this year
*Read-Alouds & Poetry*
American Tall Tales
Children’s Book of Virtues
A Child’s Book of Art
The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
Eric Carle’s Animals, Animals
The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book
The Milly, Molly, Mandy Storybook
Stories From Around the World
Mother Goose Rhymes
Uncle Wiggily’s Storybook
*Learning Readiness & Language Arts*
- Developing the Early Learner Books 1-4
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC
- Usborne’s First Thousand Words
Next, we will add in Language Arts K as follows....
- Fun Tales– we also have BOB books on hand to supplement with
- Language and Thinking for Young Children
- My First Picture Dictionary
- Alphabet Sounds Bingo
- Go A to Z game– we will use another alphabet Go Fish! game we already own
Optional Resources Sonlight recommends……
- Sound Cards–It seems these are color versions of the black and white cards included with the LA guide. We already own a color set of alphabet flashcards so I think those will do instead.
- Explode the Code Books A-C. We own The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading and I used it with my three older kids…but this year I need something different so we’ll be going with SL’s suggestion!
- Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting- We will start using Level A of this series, along with this Kindergarten Handwriting Kit
*Science and Nature Reading*
Berenstain Bear’s Book of Science and Nature
How Do You Lift a Lion?
How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
Is a Blue Whale the Biggest Thing There Is?
What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew?
What’s Under the Sea?
Why Do Tigers Have Stripes?
The Year at Maple Hill Farm
Singapore Essentials A
plus math storybooks from the library. For hands-on, we have a set of wood pattern blocks, and I plan to get a set of pattern block cards, like these
to go with them. I am also considering the first level of Mathtacular
for her because she LOVES the Sonlight science DVD’s.
You can go here for descriptions and purchase links for the books. I usually compare prices at Amazon, Sonlight, and Rainbow Resource and make up my order accordingly! Of course, Sonlight also sells packages for each Core, which would be very convenient, but I usually own too many of the books already to make them cost-effective.
I think it’s pretty impressive just how much is covered with this Core! It is meant to be the Pre-K Core for Sonlight, but this will be the second time I have used it as a Core for kindergarten, and I am really looking forward to reading all the great books again!