Language and math: We started the year with the Star Wars books. I wanted something fun and easy to start our first ever homeschooling year, especially because we hadn’t done much preschool work. We love Star Wars so we enjoyed these books but they really seamed more geared for supplemental summer work. After we finished the kindergarten books (we also did first grade for writing) we started Explode the Code and Mathematical Reasoning level B. We are about half way through each and I really love then both. I love how Explode the Code is very simple but a great mix between reading and spelling. The only negative thing is, sometime there are drawings of a man or women and are for people’s names (like Jan or Sam) and that sometimes confuses Jaxon. Mathematical Reasoning has been great at mixing up adding, subtracting, geometry, graphing, patters ect. but could could use more measuring, telling time, and 1’s, 10’s, 100’s places.
Reading: We started Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (after working on letter names and sounds for a bit). I love this book but it quickly became obvious that it advanced to quickly for Jaxon. So we bought some Bob books and Primary Phonics books (both great) and just read and re-read the first few books for awhile. We are continuing to do reading lessons but just slower (1 or 2 a week) and then Bob books the other days.
Nature Connection. This is a great book and I’m sure we will use it many more years. It is divided by months and has activities, drawing, and even fiction book recommendations each month.
Tinkerlab. Jaxon really likes this book and has done many of the art projects. Most are fairly easy and use items I already have.
The Curious Kid’s Science Book. We didn’t use this book much. Many need special items that I would have to order and the few we have done didn’t really turn out…
Red-Yellow-Blue. We got this at our library, and had for almost six months. It is a basic art introduction that is divided by color. It focuses on the meanings of colors and how they have been used over time.
Activity books: Geography this year was the fifty states (mostly a coloring page for each state and a $1 book I got at Target, and forgot to add to my photos) plus the 50 States activity book. This follows the 50 States Book (which we started but I found to be not a great read aloud). But I really like this activity book and you wouldn’t need to also buy the 50 States book, it is just fun and easy activity pages. Jaxon liked the Sticker Fun History (found in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble) and it is a good basic introduction to Egyptians, Greeks, Vickings, ect. Jaxon, however, did not really like the Space book. I don’t really know why he didn’t like it but it wasn’t that educational either so I wouldn’t really recommend it.
So that’s a wrap for kindergarten! I’m already working on next year’s curriculum and am super excited (I will share those soon)!