We are first-time homeschoolers and this year we will be homeschooling for kindergarten. The decision can be really overwhelming at first, especially for those of us that didn’t plan to homeschool, so I decided to break down what the best homeschooling resources I’ve found and plan to use in our home school. Most of the resources are faith-based and include a focus on God.
1. HOMESCHOOL OVERVIEW RESOURCE: THE WELL TRAINED MIND
The Well Trained Mind is my overall guide for home education. You can see in the video it’s big, but don’t freak out! You don’t need to read the whole thing in order to get started!
Honestly, I’ve only read the beginning and into pre-k / kindergarten because that’s all I need right now. It breaks down what to teach and how to teach in the simplest, most effective way. Plus, the recommended resources for every age and subject is very valuable.
When I prayed about school for our daughter, God put homeschool on my heart. But I was very reluctant. This book was a confidence booster. I’m know I’m not the only mom who’s read it and thought “Wow, maybe I can do this.” It’s an incredible guide.
2. READING: BOB BOOKS
Reading is my #1 academic goal for kindergarten. The Well Trained Mind explains simple and effective ways to teach letters and sounds. It also includes a list of Recommended Beginner Readers that they’ve personally vetted as first books to use when children start sounding out words.
I waited (what seemed like) forever for the BOB Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers to be in stock on Amazon. They have 4.8 stars from over 3,500 reviewers on Amazon, so I took that as a clue that they are well-loved.
The box of books came and I’m very happy with them. So happy I bought the Sight Words Kindergarten set too. 😀 They are great confidence booster for kids learning to read. Our daughter loves that she can read a whole book by herself.
3. LANGUAGE ARTS: THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
A fellow mom recommended The Good and the Beautiful curriculum. I decided to try this one because it is focuses on:
- good character
- beauty in nature
- clean literature
With a younger toddler at home and a business to run, I wanted a curriculum that was open-and-go without requiring a bunch of prep. The Good and the Beautiful checked all those boxes, so I hit buy and moved on.
I ordered both the Level K Primer and the Level K Language Arts & Literature books. Our daughter was in 4k when schools closed and she had not yet mastered her letter sounds, so we are working through the Primer first and we’ll move on to the Level K book next.
So far my daughter and I are both happy with it. She knows letter sounds, vowels vs. consonants, short and long vowels, and can sound out and spell quite a few words already.
- I ordered the Level K Primer and the Level K Language Books from the Good and the Beautiful website.
4. MATH & CALENDAR: THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
For the same reasons mentioned above, I choose The Good and the Beautiful math curriculum. It came with two course books and a box of manipulatives. The Activity Box includes a Rekenrek, pattern blocks, wooden cubes, place value mat, and a lot more.
I was excited it included a book for practicing calendar skills because I had already planned to combine math and calendar time in the morning.
So far, I know some additional tools I will supplement for math skills are a timer and an analog clock to learn about time, and our cash register to learn about money.
4. CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS COMMUNITY
I thought I was done after getting our overview book and reading, language, and math tools, but God’s plans weren’t done yet. We are joining a local Classical Christian Community too.
By grace, I was connected with several other homeschool moms from our church and learned about Classical Conversations. This will be brand new for us, so I can’t speak to it yet.
I’m excited for strong fellowship, faith, and curriculum. CC will provide an introduction to science, scriptures, fine arts, math, Latin, English, history, and geography.