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Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices SY 2016-17

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In the past weeks, I found that it was easier for me to film videos and upload them on YouTube than write a blog post, edit a picture, edit the article, upload, and then edit some more. The OCD kicks in whenever I write. Haha! But with a video, I have no choice but to upload instead of redoing my work. I am only using the video editor of YouTube and it only has the basics - no snipping in between videos, just the end part.

But I'm not here to complain. My blog still needs some TLC after being neglected in the past year - you know, life happened, a baby was born. Anyway, I just wanted to write this quick post to let you know what we have filmed this last week: our kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices. Yay!!! Finally!!

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Here's a little background: my son is enrolled in K2 in a DepEd accredited homeschool provider, Peniel Integrated Christian Academy. Why we enrolled him in a provider? That subject deserves a blog post of its own.

So our materials consist of books from our provider, and a few from here and there.

Peniel has an open curriculum so we can either get their recommended books or look for our own, we chose the former. I mean, we are clueless as to what books we should be getting. And besides, I don't have the energy and patience to check bookstores and publishers while 2 kids are in tow. So yeah, I chose the easy road. Paid for 6 books plus shipping (because we had a hard time commuting to and fro the school the last time so I had those shipped).

I bought the textbooks from them without the teacher's guide. Why? First, it would be additional costs for me and; second, I reckon I didn't need it. I mean, he's in preschool, how hard would it be to teach his subjects? Maybe if he's already studying geometry or algebra or anything complicated, I'd get those teacher's manuals. But for now, we're sticking with textbooks.

Yes, I'm that confident that I can teach my kid. You should, too.

We got 6 books from the provider:




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  • Math For All- Prep (Don Bosco Publishing)

  • Penmanship for Kinder (C & E)

  • Learn Ahead in Reading K-2 (The Library)

  • Kids Science K-2 (C & E)

  • Sinagtala (P) (The Library)

  • Pillars (K) (C & E Publishing)

Other Materials

For reading, we are mainly using the Sing, Spell, Read, and Write Kindergarten Curriculum. I got the local print from C&E Publishing in 2014. We were able to finish the first part, All Aboard, in 2015 and continued with On Track this June 2016.

We're also using some phonics-based books like:

  • Clifford Phonics Reading Program (Pack2). Bought from Scholastic Warehouse sale for Php250.

  • Phonics in Reading Series 1 and 2. Available at bookstores and learning is fun website. Each book has 2 stories and costs Php54.75.




We're also using some workbooks (Math and Science) we got from the National Bookstore. These are from Easy To Learn and cost less than 100 pesos each.

Electives
We've decided to add culture and geography to our kindergarten homeschool curriculum because my son is interested to learn about other countries and why they do certain things differently than we do here.

I got these books from Tuttle Publishing (Thank you, Tuttle Publishing!!):









I also ordered some books from the homeschool conference in US through Homeschool Deals on Facebook and waited for 2 months for these to arrive:

  • National Geographic Student World Atlas

  • DK Workbooks: Geography Kinder Level

For character-building, we are using this preloved hands-on bible curriculum. The lessons won't be enough for the whole year so I'm still looking for other materials.

We'll see if we will add or remove some materials that would not work for us, I'll make a review at the end of the school year. :)

Here's our YouTube video of our curricula:


Are you also homeschooling? Or thinking of homeschooling? Let me know in the comments below.

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