K5 Curriculum for 2014-2015

5 Year Old Kindergarten

*This post is so tardy! I’ve had it drafted and saved in my folder waiting for me to edit it and add pictures for so many months now, but alas. Yet now, as my bouncing baby boy is six months old! It’s time for me to catch up…*


Two years now has brought our family such blessings through our experience with Junior Kindergarten and then Kindergarten (review in progress) through Memoria Press so we decided first on our list was to continue with the First Grade materials, even if we slowed it to a two year pace considering her younger age. We have just finished with week three and spread it out over about five weeks. (At the time of writing this originally, finally getting around to proofing it and we’re beyond week 16!!) Right now I’m not certain if we’ll keep a slower pace or catch up with the lesson plans as written. This year I’m designating as K5, even though the vast majority of our curriculum falls into the levels of First Grade work. I’m in no rush to push this kiddo along, I’m in the path to create a life-long learner and perpetual student is my goal.

What I found in the past is that the Memoria Press Curriculum is complete enough that I do not have to add anything and sometimes we do not want to and other times we do. It truly depends on AppleBlossom’s attitude and goals at the time as to what we do and complete.

Since we started our “year” and months have gone by (after all I did have a stomach flu, then a baby, then the real influenza all before the holidays…) the only change I have made is truly adding in Barefoot Ragamuffins Wayfarers Ancients and oh is it dreamy!

There is planned to be a Wayfarers for all four cycles of history from preschool to highschool.

Language Arts:

Phonics/ReadingOrdinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching ReadingMemoria Press First Grade Lesson PlansMemoria Press First Grade Enrichment Guide, Memoria Press Classical Phonics, Adventures in Phonics (finish A, continue on with B), Logic of English Foundations B, Bob Books Readers, English Lessons Through Literature, Reading Lessons Through Literature, maybe Seton Phonics 1 Book 2 (maybe if needed) *I opted not to go with the new change to MP’s curriculum plans with Spelling Workout and Core Skills: Phonics.

Writing: Memoria Press First Grade Lesson Plans, Memoria Press Copybook 2, Memoria Press Composition & Sketchbook, Getty-Dubay A (finish), Seton Handwriting 1, Handwriting Lessons Through LiteratureStoryTime-Treasures

Grammar: English Lessons Through Literature, First Language Lesson 1 (finish), Memoria Press StoryTime Treasures and More StoryTime Treasures, Hewitt Homeschooling Lightning Literature & Composition 1, Seton English 1


Math: Memoria Press First Grade Lesson Plans with Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, and maybe Math Mammoth Light Blue 1

Social Studies/History/Geography: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans for themes with added in research reading as well as Seton American History for Young Catholics 1 with Maps, Charts, & Graphs A. Also Wayfarers Ancients plans for Geography and History read alouds.

Bible: Memoria Press Kindergarten Lesson Plans with The Golden Children’s Bible (weekly) and Wayfarers Ancients plans for Old Testament Readings and schedule for The Beginners Bible as a child reader (daily)


Science: 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, Handbook of Nature Study by Anne Botsford Comstock, and Quark! Science from Barefoot Ragamuffins Curricula. Maybe Science in the Beginning, but maybe we’ll hold off until siblings can do it together. We’re also watching the Magic School Bus Complete Series on DVD, by request or theme.

Art & MusicMemoria Press Kindergarten Art CardsLooking at Pictures by Joy Richardson, and Art Lessons with a local artist (maybe continue?). Music is from a Memoria Press list that we listen to on a Spotify list I put together. Private violin lessons as well.

Foreign Language: I’m working on gathering French materials. Nothing yet. Otherwise, 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.: The original plan was Preschool Yoga, Soccer, and Homeschool PE at the YMCA. But the budget no longer allows for that membership so we’re seeking other opportunities than just “play”. I’m hoping to start a living room yoga routine with all the kids and have found great inspiration on DoYogaWithMe.com. We’re also hoping to find the funds to get a bicycle for AppleBlossom and make family riding days (with a trailer for the littles). I’d still love for Soccer opportunities or really gymnastics, but I just don’t see how we could afford it. So it may just be a dream. Either way, these aren’t couch potatoes!


Reading Aloud/Book List:

(*need to acquire)

  • Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk
  • The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C. M. Millen
  • A House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Miss Twiggley’s Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox*
  • Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  • A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus by David A. Adler*
  • Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Pane
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field, Illustrated by Johanna Westerman*
  • The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet*
  • The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear
  • The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Very First Thanksgiving Day Rhonda Gowler Greene
  • Choo Choo by Virginia Lee Burton
  • The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman
  • Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Illustrated by Peter Spier
  • Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters
  • White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
  • Patrick – Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie de Paola*
  • Doctor DeSoto by William Stein
  • Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky*
  • Renchenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco*
  • The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz by Verna Aardema
  • Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Ga’g
  • The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • A Time to Keep by Tasha Tudor


Childcraft 1982 edition
Childcraft 1988 edition
Childcraft Annual Supplements 1976-1999
My Book House Series, 1922 edition
Yesterday’s Classics GatewaytotheClassics.com eBooks
Kingfisher Children’s Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, 3rd edition
Kingfisher Animal Encycylopedia,
The Usborne Illustrated Children’s Encyclopedia (mini edition)
The World of Animals (New Leaf Press/Master Books)
The World of Science 

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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 eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior 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.