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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling Special Situations

Kindergarten Curriculum Options
and Free Online Resources

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2007

Free Online Resources for Kindergarten

Mr Roger's Neighborhood -- an interactive site filled with fun activities
for young children and activity guides for parents, plus the words and
sound clips (using RealPlayer) for many of his most famous songs

PBS Kids -- interactive games, music and coloring, plus links to several
websites of favorite PBS TV shows

Enchanted Learning Preschool and Kindergarten Activities -- lots
of free printable activities

Enchanted Learning K - 3 Theme Units  -- hundreds of free fun
printable activities, a great website to browse for more ideas -- links to lessons, units, printables, etc for K - 2,
geared toward classroom teachers, but easily adapted to homescool

Preschool by Stormie - lots of creative and playful activities for
Preschool and Kindergarten

Magical Childhood -- nice low-tech activities and crafts

Boowa & Kwala -- 490+ free online games for kids under 10, teaches
use of the mouse and educational themes, from a British TV program

Sesamee Street Lyrics -- words and sound clips

Main Street by -- each building houses a different
activity that helps children learn to use a computer mouse

Brightly Beaming Resources - free online Letter of the Week
curriculum and online support groups for children ages 0 to 8

Be a Word Detective by Kathy Gursky at The School Bell -- learn to
talk about words you see in everyday situations, free online activities (a
good website to browse :-)

Kindergarten Curriculum Suppliers

School-at-Home Kindergarten curriculum are sold by each
separate supplier   

If you're looking for a separate Reading/Phonics program, checkout the
options on the Homeschool Diner's
Learning to Read page

Living Math -- You don't need a math curriculum to learn about
numbers -- math can be learned thru everyday activities and fun stories

Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins -- Mathematical activities
for parents and their 2- to 5-year-old children

Before Five in a Row - by Jane Claire Lambert -  (preK - 6) a
literature-based unit study approach,  provides 5-day lesson plans and
activities for each book covered,  for ages 2 - 12,   arithmetic not
included, optional Bible supplement available

Sonlight Curriculum--  (preK-12) Evangelical Christian-focused,
literature-based liberal arts curriculum that discusses other beliefs in
their "world studies" units,  some use Sonlight as the foundation for a  
"lower-stress" approach to classical education, provides "Instructor's
Guides" to implement daily lessons (minimizes parent prep time),
complete and partial curriculum packages available

Oak Meadow -- (PreK - 12) Waldorf inspired curriculum

Ruth Beechick - educator Ruth Beechick describes her approach to a
Christian-focused, literature-based, eclectic style of homeschooling, she
also wrote the "Three "R's" Series" for teaching K - 3rd at home,
includes when to teach various topics within the general subject areas.

Time4Learning -- (preK - 8) completely online, web-based
standards-aligned curriculum, includes interactive, self-paced lessons,
activities, printable worksheets, learning games, and assessments,
children may work at different levels in different subjects, text narration
option included, focus is on language arts and math with social studies
and science provided as a "bonus", educational content provided by
CompassLearning® Odyssey, also known as "ChildU", monthly

Laurel Springs Kindergarten Courses -- two choices of complete
curriculum with teacher's guides, plus some online classes offered

Other Educational Resources

Schlessinger Media (a division of the Library Media Company) - over
1000 educational videos (many of them  award-winning) on all topics
and for all grade-levels, often available thru public libraries  

Living Math -- You don't need a math curriculum to learn about
numbers -- Math can be learned thru everyday activities and fun stories

The Diner's Favorite ABC Books

The Diner's Favorite Easy Reader Books

I Learn at Home -- a series of stories about an eclectic homeschool
family, as told by the 5 year-old sister, great introduction to the idea of  
homeschooling and a fun springboard to using unit studies and
unstructured learning in your homeschool

Evan-Moor Educational Publishers -- (preK - 6) a variety of
standards-aligned workbooks, thematic units, and skills practice books

ETA/Cuisenaire -- educational products for Kindergarten science,
math, reading  

Kids Activities -- a Yahoo! group where parents share ideas for
projects, crafts, and other educational hands-on activities

Primary Art and Storybook Art: Hands-On Art for Children in the
Styles of 100 Favorite Picture Book Illustrators  and many others
by MaryAnn F. Kohl - great project ideas that emphasize the experience
of creating and enjoying the medium.. not copywork or trying to make a
picture that others will "like".

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