Kindergarten in Review

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)!



Road Trip Ready

For us, summer means multiple road trips so I thought I’d share a few audiobooks we have loved and will keep your kids entertained while on those long summer road trips:

  1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  2. A Bear Called Paddington
  3. The 101 Dalmatians
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. Doctor Dolittle
  6. The Swiss Family Robinson
  7. How to Train Your Dragon

Also I highly recommend the app Libby by Overdrive. This free app lets you borrow digital media from your local library. You have to have a library card and a way to play them (iPad, Kindle, ect). It is great for road trips because you download the book so you don’t need wifi to play them.



Yoga Books for Kids

6 yoga books for all ages

Six of our favorite yoga books. The top left is the easiest, for toddler’s (and Nellie’s favorite) and the bottom right is more for middle school or high school. We are not yoga experts but these books have made it fun and easy, the perfect way to start our day.

  1. Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga
  2. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants
  3. Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
  4. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story
  5. I Am Yoga
  6. Yoga For You

Do you do yoga with your kids? Any favorite books?



Kindergarten read alouds

Jaxon is in kindergarten this year and reading books aloud is our favorite part of the day.

These are our mouse books! Ok, Charlotte’s web has a rat in it but we are counting it.

Stuart Little, E. B. White

Very different from the movie, Stuart is more of a tiny man then a little boy, but a fun easy to understand story.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary

Jaxon loved this book. It’s a fun mouse adventure and is about being responsible. We have listened to the audio books of the other two in this series (Runaway Ralph and Ralph S. Mouse) and also loved them both.

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

A brave mouse who falls in love with a princess. Once again, better then the movie.

Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines, Margery Sharp

Miss Bianca is the mouse from the Rescuers and this is a charming well written story. I found this book in a Little Free Library and at the time didn’t know what it was, but I’m very glad I got it!

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

This is the book we are currently reading so to be honest I don’t know how it ends! But it’s a lovely story of a mother mouse try to take care of her family. With owls and crows and rats and a mean cat.

Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

I’m sure the most well known. And now, thanks to this book, Jaxon has a “best friend” who is a spider named popcorn.

Did we miss any good mouse book?!?