Homeschool Mom confession coming up. I cringe when people ask what kind of kindergarten curriculum they should be using. There I said it, I don’t believe in a structured kindergarten curriculum.
I don’t mean that I believe unschooling is the only way to go for kindergarten. I’m just not for sitting your five-year-old down at the table and making them do math sheets and spelling lists unless they’re super into that kind of thing. I believe the fastest way to getting your five or six-year-old to hate school work is by over-structuring everything so early on. I didn’t always feel this way. It took me many months of unnecessary pushing to get to my realization. Thankfully, I had discovered Usborne Books & More around the time my twins were approaching kindergarten and thank goodness I did because it saved my sanity. I found that with a few wonderful books, some games, and manipulatives, they were learning just as much if not more, without the struggle or pushing from me.
Are you feeling the same way I felt when my twins were starting kindergarten? Do you want to do some kind of real school work with them but both you and your child aren’t quite ready for big structured curriculums? I have an awesome alternative for you, make your own curriculum using Usborne Books & More materials!
I’ve created the perfect list of books and materials to get you and your child all set up for kindergarten. These books are just the basic building blocks. If you would like to create a unit study based on their interests then I can help you create that. If they are passionate about space and astronauts or farming and growing food, I would totally recommend taking the time to support their interests. Even if you are using a structured curriculum many of these choices can also be used as supplements or fun add-ons. Here are my recommendations for your kindergarten curriculum by subject.
Usborne First Illustrated Math Dictionary This internet-linked book is a great resource to have for kindergarten. If you’ve never used an Usborne internet-linked book what that means is there is a website to go to and pages throughout the book link to additional web resources like games, videos, and information. This feature is what makes Usborne non-fictions such great curriculum choices. This dictionary has colorful pages that help to explain early math concepts in a clear and fun way. Use this as a teaching tool along with some of the other books on the list.
Usborne Count to 100 Learning to count to 100 is so much fun for kindergarteners with this beautifully illustrated book. Use it when working with manipulatives or even as a bedtime read.
Usborne Wipe-Clean First Math Practicing simple addition and subtraction will be fun for your kids with this wipe-clean book. They won’t have to worry about erasing messy pencil marks and using this book will help with their pen control. Each Usborne Wipe-Clean book comes with a special pen.
Usborne Lift-the-Flap Adding & Subtracting It’s been proven that kids absorb more information when lifting flaps and reading in bite sized chunks. This book is a great resource to use when first teaching addition and subtraction. Your kids will love lifting over 125 flaps while learning math skills!
Usborne Lift-the-Flap Telling the Time Learning how to tell time is important to bring up in kindergarten. Even if they don’t master the concept it helps to give them a foundation to build on. This book teaches about digital and analog time and teaches important topics such as what is time and the different units we use to measure time.
Usborne Wipe-Clean Telling the Time This is another fabulous Wipe-Clean book for your kindergartener. Even if they don’t master telling time this book will help them get introduced to the topic in a fun way.
Learning Wrap-Ups Kindergarten Math Center Kit with Base I was introduced to the Learning Palette System when I became a consultant with Usborne Books & More and I immediately thought that these were some of the most unique educational products that I’d ever seen. This kit comes with 1 – Learning Palette Base, and 5 Titles of Learning Palette cards ( Matching and Early Numbers, Numbers-Coins & Fractions, Intro to Algebra, Intro to Geometry and Measurement, and Intro to Data ) each with 12 curriculum cards. Your kids will use the colored shapes and cards to learn their kindergarten math concepts. The awesome thing is once you have the base you can use it for the next few years in math and reading, you’ll just need the curriculum cards.
Language Arts and Reading
Usborne Lift-the-Flap ABC I love this book for new kinders just learning their letters and sounds. As I said earlier lifting flaps makes learning so much more fun and with this book, each page is like a game. Another great thing about this book is that it introduces both lowercase and uppercase letters. I have noticed that many early alphabet books just focus on uppercase. It’s nice to get them seeing both forms of the letters early on.
Usborne Wipe-Clean Alphabet Cards This set has 30 wipe clean cards and comes with a special pen. I love that you can work on one or two letters at a time so it doesn’t seem overwhelming to a children.
Usborne Alphabet Sticker Book Kids love sticker books! Believe it or not, they learn so much from doing them like fine motor skills, creative thinking, and reasoning. I love to pair a sticker book with whichever topic we are learning about.
Usborne My First Reading Library This comprehensive library comes with 50 books! These books will take your kindergartener from beginning to read CVC words all the way up through early chapter books as he gets older. It is by far one of the best collections to add to your home library!
Usborne Phonics Readers Box Set This library of 20 books is perfect for kindergartenrs that have mastered CVC words and are ready to move on to the next level. These books have beautiful illustrations, engaging stories, and rhyming text. My twins love how you can see some of the same characters in each book.
For science, I recommend staying interest led. Take trips to the science center, go on hikes, observe and explore as much as possible! These books are great to have in the house to introduce topics and have some fun with science.
Usborne 365 Science Activities I fully believe in making science fun and hands on, especially at the kindergarten level. Delve into their curiosities with the awesome activities in this book. They’re easy and most require very little prep or materials. You’ll use this book for your homeschool year after year.
Usborne Beginners Science Box Set This 10 book box set includes Astronomy, Earthquakes, Living in Space, Planet Earth, The Solar System, Storms and Hurricanes, Sun, Moon and Stars, Volcanoes, Weather, and Your Body. All of these books are chocked full of information and include internet links to delve further into topics that interest your child. My 6-year-old, Robbie, is obsessed with the Weather and Volcanoes books.
Social Studies and History
For Kindergarten I recommend keeping this subject mainly interest led. Take trips to museums, landmarks, Renaissance fairs, local government offices, and so on. When you travel as a family bring books about the areas you’ll be in and start a travel journal. If your child is interested in animals, pull out a map or picture atlas and talk about where those animals are native in the world. Reading age-appropriate historical fiction is also a wonderful introduction to history for youngsters. These books are wonderful staples to have in your library to introduce geography and history in a fun way.
Time Traveler This fully illustrated book is a fun introduction to four periods in history. You and your child will learn about knights and castles, Viking raiders, Rome and Romans, and Pharaohs and pyramids while reading about a boy who travels back in time to these periods.
Usborne Big Picture Atlas This 40-page atlas is perfect to teach core geography concepts. It’s not just a boring map, it’s colorful and full of information about food, culture, and geographical facts.
Usborne Stories from Around the World This wonderful storybook is full of short tales from different regions of the world. These stories are full of bravery, magic, and wonderful morals.
Usborne Sticker Dressing Dolly Around the World Your child will have so much fun using stickers to dress dolls in traditional outfits from different countries of the world.
I could totally keep going but will try to hold back my nerdiness for these books, we don’t want a mile long list. This list alone will give you a solid curriculum to start out with. Remember to leave room in your day for play and plenty of interest-led learning. Use your child’s interests to quench their thirst for knowledge with books on topics that they’ll love.
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