Free Kindergarten Christian Homeschool Curriculum
At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your kindergartener will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.
However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.
If you’d like to piece together your own customized kindergarten curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.
Below, I’ve provided a sample kindergarten Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a kindergarten curriculum could look like. However, kindergarteners’ abilities and readiness to learn certain skills vary greatly. A lot of what is taught in kindergarten classrooms today was considered 1st grade when many of us were in school. Also, opinions about what is age appropriate to learn in kindergarten vary significantly from family to family. So, even more so than our 1st through 8th grade curriculum guides, keep in mind that these are only suggestions. Make substitutions as needed. Don’t push your kindergartner to learn skills, such as reading, before they are ready or bore them with topics they already know.
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Miniature Masterminds Kindergarten Math workbook has 180 pages of daily practice. The workbook covers number recognition, counting, patterns, shapes, money, time, addition, subtraction, and more. Use hands-on activities and real-life situations to teach the concepts in the workbook. You can use Legos or other manipulatives to demonstrate counting, addition, subtraction, and patterns. Have your child identify and count real money and help measure ingredients when you cook. At natural times throughout the day and week, talk about concepts like time, days, and months, showing your child the clock and calendar. If you feel your child would benefit from more written practice, choose pages from Bridges Kindergarten Practice Book.
If your child begins kindergarten already knowing some of the concepts in Miniature Masterminds Kindergarten Math, you may want to skip some sections of this book. When your child is ready, progress to Miniature Masterminds 1st Grade Math or Bridges Grade 1 Practice Book.
Option 1: If your child can recognize the letters of the alphabet and knows their basic sounds, you can use Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Learn to Read curriculum. This curriculum teaches both sight words and phonics using online lessons. Your child will read The McGuffey Primer and The McGuffey First Reader, both online, during this course. The course has 230 lessons, so you likely won’t finish all of them during a typical length school year.
Option 2: If your child isn’t familiar with the alphabet yet or isn’t ready to learn to read, you can begin with Easy Peasy’s Getting Ready 1 preschool curriculum. This course teaches letter recognition and sounds using online activities, videos, a printable workbook, and crafts. There are 180 daily lessons. Some families choose to postpone teaching reading until first grade.
Option 3: If you prefer to teach reading offline, and can purchase a book, consider The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons. The lessons will each take approximately a week to complete. For the remainder of the school year, have your child practice reading out loud daily. You can use beginning readers from your local library or these free readers:
- I See Sam
- The Elson Primer
- Treadwell Primer
- Aldine Primer
- The Beacon Primer
- McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer
Miniature Mastermind’s downloadable handwriting workbook has 379 pages of practice. The book begins with learning to write the alphabet and numbers. It then progresses to writing words and sentences. The worksheets are grouped by theme. Some of the many topics include days of the week, months, seasons, community helpers, character traits, Bible verses, and many more. Your child likely will not be able to complete the entire workbook in one school year, so choose select themes and have your child complete one page most days.
Additionally, you may like to use Worksheet Works to create custom made handwriting worksheets for your child. You can make worksheets for your child to practice writing their name and things like their address and phone number. You may also want to create Bible verse worksheets that go along with your child’s Bible lessons or what they have been learning at church, rather than the premade Bible verse pages in the workbook above.
Writing, Grammar, and Spelling
This 10-part series from This Reading Mama explains the process of teaching a young child beginning writing. It includes the stages of learning to write, modeling writing, dictation, motivating reluctant writers, sentence writing, journal writing, and more. You may like to download draw & write journal pages or this draw & write paper set for your child to write on.
A formal spelling or grammar curriculum is usually not needed in kindergarten. You can begin to teach your child very basic spelling and grammar concepts when they come up as they learn to read and write. For example, help them spell words by showing them how to sound them out. Show them that a statement has a period and a question has a question mark. Point out that a sentence always begins with a capital letter and other basic concepts.
If you have an advanced kindergartener who learned to read and write early, and is ready for more, you may want to use some of the pages from Scott Foresman Grade 1 Grammar and Writing and K12 Reader’s 1st Grade Spelling. However, please keep in mind that it’s perfectly fine if your child isn’t ready for these materials.
Garden of Praise provides 35 lessons in their Stories from the Old and New Testaments series. Each lesson includes a story, song, memory verse, and various online activities and worksheets. However, in kindergarten, I would recommend skipping the worksheets and most of the online activities. Simply read and discuss the story with your child and listen to the song. Complete one lesson per week, and this series will last the entire school year.
Keys for Kids provides daily devotionals in both text and audio format. Listen to one each day, in addition to the weekly lesson from Garden of Praise.
This video from Simply Charlotte Mason describes an easy to use system for memorizing scripture using index cards to organize Bible verses. You may want to consider using this system with your entire family together, not just your kindergartener. You can choose verses from the Garden of Praise lessons, the Keys for Kids devotionals, or what your child learned this week at church.
Read Alouds: Literature, Science, and History
Reading to your child every day is important, especially as they are learning to read or preparing to learn to read. It will help increase their interest in reading, model good reading skills, improve their vocabulary, and introduce them to new concepts. I suggest choosing classic children’s literature, poetry, Bible stories, and books about topics that interest your child in science and history. You can borrow books from your local library or use free eBooks and audiobooks available online. Also, An Old Fashioned Education is an excellent place to find downloadable vintage books sorted by topic. At this age, it isn’t necessary to use formal science and history curriculum.
Frequently include hands-on learning activities in your child’s day. Here are some ideas:
- Cook together.
- Play board games.
- Do simple science experiments or demonstrations.
- Explore nature.
- Go on a field trip in your community or take a virtual field trip if you’re unable to get out.
- Do art and craft projects related to books you’re reading, the season, holidays, etc. Pinterest is an excellent place to look for ideas.
Physical Education and Recess
Rather than following a set curriculum, simply allow your child plenty of free time for active play. When the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor play, consider using some of these dance and exercise videos on YouTube.
I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.