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Kindergarten Curriculum


Using the Online Catalog


Bible
Bible curriculum: Listening to the Holy Bible as parents read it aloud, or Bible Storybook read-alouds from the 1000 Good Books List.

Literature
Literature curriculum: Listening to much quality literature, and lots of poetry from the 1000 Good Books List.

Art
Working in an art book provides for fine motor practice, which will help a child develop the coordination needed for pencil and paper work in first grade.

Other Academics
No other academics are necessary for kindergarten aged children. However, if a child shows all the signs of readiness to read, then these academics may be undertaken.


Bible

First studies in the Bible center around learning the Bible stories in their historical context and as part of the plan of God as outlined in Bible in the Grammar Stage. Read through the Holy Bible itself in chronological order, or read through a Bible storybook in chronological order. The chronological presentation drives home the historicity of the Word of God, and God’s perfect plan.

Click to order Reese Chronological BibleReese Chronological Bible
Edward Reese

There are many benefits to reading through the Bible chronologically with your children. Besides learning the Bible as true history rather than a collection of stories or fairy tales, David’s Psalms are interspersed with the narrative of his life; Chronicles and Kings can be read simultaneously; Isaiah’s prophecies are encountered as they were delivered to Hezekiah. The message of the minor prophets is enhanced when read in the context of the events of their times from Kings, Chronicles, and after. The Gospels are harmonized to present a beautiful, full picture of the life of Jesus our Lord, and the epistles are read along with the history of the early church in Acts. Not one word of Scripture is omitted. The further beauty and accuracy of the King James Version makes this a truly valuable addition to any family’s devotional library.

Read the Holy Bible aloud to your child in chronological order; plan to take two years -- kindergarten and first grades -- for the Old Testament, and one year -- second grade -- for the New Testament, if you want the Bible reading to follow the history studies for first and second grades (of the ancient and Roman worlds). Other options for reading through the Bible chronologically include the One Year Chronological Bible for the New International Version. Of course, one of these Bibles may be used for reference and the readings done in your family’s favorite version of the Bible.


Click to order Egermeier’s Bible Story BookEgermeier’s Bible Story Book
Elsie E. Egermeier

Another option instead of reading from the Holy Bible itself, is to read aloud from a Bible storybook, again, in chronological order. Usually Bible storybooks take less time to read through than the Holy Bible itself, so plan on reading the storybook more than once. An accurate and graceful retelling of Scripture which is our family’s favorite Bible storybook is Egermeier’s Bible Story Book. There is a reason that a Bible storybook originially published in 1923 is still in print, 80 years later. With more stories than most (275), Egermeier’s is written in language easy for children to understand, without dumbing down the events and concepts of the Bible. Other Bible storybooks from the 1000 Good Books List would also be appropriate for kindergarten.

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Literature

One of the best ways to prepare a child for independent reading on his own, to develop all the reading readiness skills necessary to begin phonics and reading instruction in first grade, is to read aloud to that child, lots and lots of quality books and poetry, every day. The dozen suggestions recommended here from the 1000 Good Books List are certainly not all that a child should have read aloud to them in the course of the kindergarten year, but are rather those selections which should not be missed. These books were chosen for their cultural relevance, their literary value, their gentle instruction in virtue, their humor, and the beloved place they have had in the hearts of children for several generations.

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Art

Barry Stebbing’s biblically based art curriculum provides a basic foundation and practice in fine motor development while avoiding the twaddle of just making crafts. The art books suitable for kindergarten-aged children are:

Click to order Baby Lamb’s Book of ArtBaby Lamb’s Book of Art
Barry Stebbing

More than just a coloring or craft book, this art book for preschoolers teaches beginning drawing, color theory, lettering, addition, subtraction, and writing. It also includes cut and paste practice for fine motor development and coordination, and other fun and educational projects for preschoolers. For ages 3 to 5.


Click to order Little Annie’s Art Book of Etiquette and Good MannersLittle Annie’s Art Book of Etiquette and Good Manners
Barry Stebbing

Learn the social graces with Scripture, along with simple art assignments. The etiquette lessons include dinner etiquette, being a good listener, saying “please” and “thank you”, obeying your parents, writing thank you cards, refinement, spending quality time away from the television, and much more. Little Annie’s intertwines the etiquette lessons with the art lessons; all lessons can be done in the text; the sketch book and cut and paste sections are included in the back of the text. Includes over 45 lessons. This text can be used independently of the other Stebbing art books. For ages 4 to 8.


Click to order I Can Do All ThingsI Can Do All Things
Barry Stebbing

More than just a coloring or craft book, this art book for kindergarteners and first graders is a complete sequential art curriculum: an art text and sketchbook in one. With the help of I Can Do All Things, a child can learn to draw, paint, use colored pencils and markers, plus learn beginning color theory, all while practicing his fine motor skills. The text includes art appreciation lessons, a glossary, examinations, and paint cards. This text can be used independently of the other Stebbing art books. For ages 5 and up.

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Other Academics

No other academics are necessary for kindergarten aged children. However, if a child shows all the signs of readiness to read, then these academics may be undertaken.

Click to order The Three R’sThe Three R’s
Dr. Ruth Beechick

I love Dr. Beechick’s books, because she is a Christian educator who has accumulated scads of both practical experience and common sense in the business of teaching children, and is dedicated to the idea of parents teaching their children at home. She tears the veil in two between parents and the mystery of teaching, sifts through all the educational fads and its secret language, throwing out the junk and preserving the nuggets of truth found here and there, and explains it all in simple, no-nonsense fashion. The Three R’s gives guidance for teaching reading, writing, and artihmetic in Kindergarten through third grade, explaining the stages of reading through fluency (which goes beyond just learning the phonics--and her book contains instructions for a simple but effective method of teaching phonics for reading to children); the natural method of using literature to teach spelling and writing mechanics (on which the program Learning Language Arts Through Literature is based); and the modes of thinking in arithmetic (upon which Ray’s Arithmetic is based) and what a child should learn about arithmetic through third grade. The set also includes a wall chart you can put up and use at home. This little set is not a complete K-3 curriculum, but rather aims to give the parent the confidence and tools needed to teach K-3 effectively.


Click to order Family Math for Young ChildrenFamily Math for Young Children
Jean Kerr Stenmark

For children ages 4-8. Family Math for Young Children is a book of math activities designed for a child’s first exposure to mathematical concepts before formal schooling begins. The activities are designed so that families, with children of varying ages and abilities, can do the activites together. The activitites are clearly explained, and use common items found around the house (buttons, beans, strips of colored paper, money, string, etc.) The games and activities are arranged in sections that teach: comparing, counting, measuring, estimating, sorting, observing, and describing. Families explore geometry, number sense, and graphs as they create love notes, collect stamps, produce puzzles, build mobiles, play with shadows, discuss patterns, observe the moon and stars, and more. Parents will find the activities easy to use for short and long play periods.

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Using the Online Catalog

This online catalog is made possible through an association with Barnes&Noble.com. Clicking on the book title or book cover will take you to Barnes&Noble.com’s information page about that book. You can look at its price, availability, any discounts currently taken for that title, reviews of the book, and other information, as well as order it if you decide to purchase the book. You can even place books in your shopping cart and save them for purchase at a later time. You can continue to add or delete books from your shopping cart until you are satisfied with your order and ready to purchase. Clicking on any link to Barnes&Noble.com will open a new window; to return to CCH, click on the “Window” menu on your browser’s menu bar, and choose Classical Christian Homeschooling.

Sometimes books go out of print, or the publisher runs out of stock. Any book not available from Barnes&Noble.com for any reason can be searched using AddAll.com, a book shopping site which will scan Barnes&Noble.com as well as Amazon.com, Powell’s Books, Book Close Outs and many other new and used book sites. Be sure to also check BookFinder.com for out of print book searches.

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