Curriculum 2012-2013 (Kindergarten)

This being our first year of official homeschooling, I have purchased far more curriculum material than we will ever use. It has all been useful in some way, though, if only to give me teaching ideas or to help me clarify in my own mind what we want and don’t want in our children’s education. This list doesn’t cover everything I own (in particular history books, which I am picking out as we go along), but it is most of what I am using to start out our Kindergarten school year. We are following the Tapestry of Grace history and geography lessons rather than Sonlight, and using the Sonlight read-alouds, language arts, and science with some activities from Tapestry added in those areas.

[Note: I am gradually adding links to those items I have found online, so check back or try a web search if what you're looking for doesn't have a link here.]


  • Sonlight Core A + Language Arts 1 + Science A (this package includes beginning readers, read-alouds, and language arts & science worksheets)
  • Tapestry of Grace Year 1 (includes some sample worksheets and detailed backrouns information and teacher notes for each week’s lesson)
  • Five In A Row



Other books, teaching aids, classroom gear:

  • Tell the Time!
  • Calendar/season/weather bulletin board kit
  • Dr. Seuss phonics poster set
  • Word families poster
  • Cuisenaire Rods
  • MathLink Cubes
  • Poetry Speaks to Children (ed. Paschen)
  • Place Value Activity Kit
  • Sight Words Spill & Spell Game
  • Wall-sized U.S. & World maps, laminated
  • Numbers 1-100 pocket chart
  • Sentence/word pocket chart & cards
  • Bear family counting set
  • Kids’ balance scale

Homeschooling & education references:

  • Home Learning Year by Year (Rupp)
  • Homeschooling: The Early Years (Dobson)
  • What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know (ed. Hirsch)
  • The Well Trained Mind (Bauer)
  • Curriculum Workshop (Pauquette)
  • Arithmetic for Parents (Aharoni)
  • A Handbook for Mathematics Teachers in Primary Schools (Huat & Huat)
  • Core Knowledge Foundation K-8 Sequence (
  • Florida DOE Sunshine State Standards (

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