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My Favorite Homeschool Resources Pre-K to Kinder

BIRTH

My favorite program that I used when I had 2 and 3 littles. I have very fond memories  of this curriculum.

Letter of the Week FREE curriculum

Another Book I recommend that you can find at the library is “Slow and Steady Get Me Ready”.

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BIBLE-
We have been using the One Year Bible for several years and really enjoy it. If you have readers consider each taking a part OT, NT, Psalm, Proverb. It’s important each child have their own Bible in hand (even if they can’t read). Open the page for them and let them pretend to follow along and be like the big kids.
Expound on whatever stood out to your family during the reading. Use this time to teach children how to find a book, chapter and verse in the Bible. Another great thing to learn at this time are the books of the Bible in order. This has been our favorite song to accomplish this.  Have your own “Sword Drills” where you call out a book or passage and see who can get there first.
Regarding Bible memory, another suggestion is to pick one chapter of the Bible. Alternate between an easier, shorter chapter and a longer, harder one. If let’s say the chapter is 10 verses long, then spend 11 weeks memorizing it. Learn a new verse every week and use the last week to review and quote to another member of the family. If the child quotes the chapter word perfect, then reward that child for a job well done!
In addition to an on going chapter, I highly recommend this method we have used for year-A Bible Memory Box system. You and your family can memorize countless verses this way but more importantly retain them and not forget it!
MATH-
At this point focus solely on counting, flashcards and memorization (If your child seems advanced enough start Ray’s)
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Optional  video lesson below.
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PHONICS/ READING/WRITING-
This year’s focus should be learning how to read, however your child may not be ready. Don’t push, read them  lots of books for a couple weeks then try again until they show interest. If they have older siblings let them tag along and listen to their lessons with paper and pencil.
These phonics programs are free online and any one of them should do the job. Also, a very popular book is called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, if you want to go that route.
Video Lessons to Learn How to Read-
Parent should read out loud to the student for the first 100 days while they complete a reading program.
Click for free links to view.                                                                                 
Stone Soup: An Old Tale                                                                                  
Little Bear (video here)
Madeline
Charlotte’s Web                                                                                                             
The Complete Winnie the Pooh (daily) (audio)


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Favorite Read Aloud Books for Young Children
James Herriot’s stories for young children:
  • Moses the Kitten
  • Only One Woof
  • Oscar, Cat – About – Town
  • Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb
  • The Market Square Dog
  • Bonny’s Big Day
  • The Christmas Day Kitten


After the 100 days, he or she will be able to read a lesson from the McGuffey primer each day.




After a McGuffey lesson then the parent should copy a portion of the text from that lesson on a sheet of paper for the child to trace and then copy. The lessons also have built in vocabulary words. You can view a large book vocabulary list here and use the flashcard option. You can practice dictation or have them copy them or another idea is making flashcards and spreading them out, call out a word and have the child point to the word for a little treat if correct. Below are some websites that might be beneficial to you.



The student should read out loud to the teacher to ensure that pronunciation is correct. The student should also be taught:


• how to tell time
• how to count by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 100
• the names of the months of the year, days of the week, and seasons
• how to count money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters)
• the names of the most common animals (domestic, zoo, marine)


SCIENCE-
At this age the main focus should be on the 3 R’s. It is not necessary to burden mom with one more thing to do. Teaching a child to read is hard work! Science is all around us, and being naturally absorbed is ideal for this age group.  If time allows a trip to the library to pick out books on their interest, would be more than enough.


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*This is just a suggested schedule. Feel free to rearrange to suit your need.*
7:00am
Ticket to Breakfast
7:30am
Breakfast- Clean up
8:00am
Bible Time- Hymn- Bible Memory-Character
After Bible Time- Morning Special Chores
9:00am
(First 100 days)
Phonics Lesson- Read to them
(After 100 days)
McGuffey Lesson, They read to you, copy work
10:00am
Math-
Counting, flash cards, Telling time and Months of the Year or Ray’s
Primary Arithmetic.
11:00am
Independent reading time of books of their choosing
12:00pm
Lunch- Table Chores
12:30pm
Wind down time-
Listen to the Bible or an approved book on Librivox
1:00pm-
3:00pm
Nap Time
3:00pm-
5:00pm
Play Time, Afternoon Chores
5:00pm
Dinner- Table Chores
6:00pm
Bath time, Story time, Prayer, Bible Reading
7:30pm
Bed Time
Note: Table chores means cleaning up plate, wiping table, chair, sweeping, helping with dishes-however you distribute those chores among all your children*

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Christian, Homeschooling, Mother of 6 with way too many ideas.

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