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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kindergarten Curriculum Choices For the 2014/2015 School Year

Did you notice that I had not blogged about my curriculum choices for Lily this year?  I blogged about my 7th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd and 3rd grade curriculum choices, but did not say a word about Kindergarten.  Do you know why?  Because I had NO idea what I was doing with Lily this year.

I have said for years that you do not need a curriculum for preschool and kindergarten, and still believe that is true.  You can find a ton of free things on the internet, add in some real life learning experiences, art supplies, and some trips to the library and that can be more than enough for kindergarten.  But, some children really want to have school books like their older brothers and sisters and honestly sometimes you just do not have the time and energy to plan and come up with the ideas all on your own and it is so worth it to have someone else do it for you!

For years I have looked at My Father's World, and this summer when I was looking for something to use with Lily, I kept coming back to it, even though I did have some things here I could use for her. As I kept procrastinating about blogging about my choices for her, I realized it was because I just wasn't sure it was going to be the right fit.  I wanted something flexible that had a lot of fun, hands on projects plus some worksheets she would like.  I also wanted something Christian based that Emmie could join in a bit as interested.  But most of all I wanted something that was planned out for me because by the time I do school with the other children, plus take care of the house, plus plan for 4h meetings, and art co-ops, I just don't have the energy to do much more planning and come up with a lot of things on my own.  So I decided to listen to myself and go ahead and order My Father's World.

My husband is wonderful and never questions anything I say I need for school.  I texted him and told him I finally decided what I wanted to use with Lily but I need around $150 and had spent all my homeschool money until next month.  He said ok, go ahead and order it.  I decided I would try and sell some things I had to make the money back, but amazingly that same day I had some orders placed through affiliate links on my blog that covered most of the cost!  God is so good not just to provide for our needs but our wants too!

I ordered the basic package ($129) which included the Teacher's Guide, Student Sheets, Flashcards, and letters.  Then I also purchased the Cuisenare Rods Alphabet Book and the rods because I don't start Math U See until 1st grade, but Lily really wanted a math book of her own.  I placed the order on Tuesday and my package arrived yesterday afternoon.  I am very impressed with what I have seen and can't wait to get started with it this week!

Happy Homeschooling!
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