K4 Curriculum for 2013-2014

4 Year Old Kindergarten
2013-2014

Last year we just loved our Junior Kindergarten with Memoria Press, so it was no stretch to know that I absolutely wanted to jump back in with the Kindergarten materials this year. We decided to start early because a certain circumstance makes it look like we might need an extra long spring break.

We’re just finishing up with week two of our Kindergarten (K4) year and we’re using Memoria Press Curriculum this year and so far loving every minute of it. I had plans to add in OPGTR, FLL and MM but we just haven’t needed or wanted to add anything else this year. The only adding on I’ve done is more library books or videos on the themes of the week. Otherwise, Memoria Press Curriculum planners have put it all together for me!

I have updated my Previous Curriculum page, and you can see great pictures over there too.

Language Arts:
Phonics/Reading: Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading, Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Memoria Press Kindergarten Enrichment Guide, Memoria Press Classical Phonics, SRA Phonics 1, Memoria Press First Start Reading, Bob Books Beginning Readers, American Language Society Fun in the Sun, Scamp and Tramp, Soft and White, Christian Liberty Nature Reader (Book K), Animal Alphabet Coloring Book
Writing: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Memoria Press Copybook I, Memoria Press Composition & Sketchbook, Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Numbers for Me
Grammar: maybe First Language Lessons 1

Kindergarten-Enrichment

Math: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans with Memoria Press Numbers Books and Rod & Staff Mathematics 1, maybe Math Mammoth Light Blue 1*… with added worksheets and printables from Education.com and mama blogs.

Social Studies/History/Geography: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans for themes with added in research reading

Bible: Continuing The Story for Little Ones and Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans with The Golden Children’s Bible

naturestudyScience: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans for themes with added in research reading, various books from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, Let’s Read and Find Out Science, Gail Gibbons*, Jim Arnosky*, Water Dance by Thomas Locker*, Handbook of Nature Study by Anne Botsford Comstock

I’m still working on obtaining some of the supplement books, but so far have been able to get a good many of them used from here and there. My sister’s library seems to have more of them than we do here. As our local library has little to none of them. Yet I’m starting to realize that is often the case with this library. *Alas*.

We’re also watching the Magic School Bus Complete Series on DVD, by request or theme.

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Art & Music: Memoria Press Kindergarten Art Cards, Looking at Pictures by Joy Richardson, and Art Lessons with a local artist. Music is from a Memoria Press list that we listen to on a Spotify list I put together.

I took our art cards to the local teacher’s shop and had them all put through the big laminating machine and then cut them out again and that is a huge deal that I know is going to make them last longer. In the first week, the first card was toted around and disappeared somewhere… in the house… but I’m sure it will turn up one day. *sigh* LOL. Now we have a new rule that the cards DO NOT leave the quilting den, and go up in the pocket chart on the wall so that it can be seen all week. Yet with permission she can look at it more closely especially when we’re talking about it every few days or in the review recitation.

Foreign Language: Nothing specific. She watches Japanese cartoons with the Enginerd and French dubbed films with me. Then there is random dual language books on our shelves including French, German, and Spanish.

P.E. : Preschool Yoga and Soccer at the YMCA

 

Reading/Read-aloud Book List:

 

(*Need to acquire)

  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
  • Froggie Went A-Courtin’ by Gillian Tyler
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis
  • Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
  • Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor*
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban (own I Can Read! version)
  • This First Thanksgiving Day by Laura Krauss Melmed
  • The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas illustrated by Jan Brett (own board book version)
  • Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry*
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening illustrated by Susan Jeffers
  • Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman
  • Abe’s Fish by Jen Bryrant
  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton (own inside the Virginia Lee Burton Treasury)
  • The Frogs and Toads All Sang by Arnold Lobel
  • Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
  • Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • Hide and Seek Fog by Alvin Tresselt
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander (own Berenstain Bears version)
  • A Tale for Easter by Tasha Tudor*
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
  • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle*
  • An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
  • The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  • Wonders of Nature by Eloise Wilkins (own inside the Eloise Wilkin Stories Collection)
  • The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier*
  • Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett (own Paul Galdone’s version)
  • A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
  • Animals Animals by Eric Carle

Memoria Press Blog Roll

Reference:

Childcraft 1982 edition
Childcraft 1988 edition
Childcraft Annual Supplements 1976-1999
Kingfisher Children’s Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
The World of Animals* (New Leaf Press/Master Books)

 

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.