Curriculum Choices: K4 Edition

Abeka Homeschool K4

This is the curriculum we are currently using. We are using the parent kit, child kit, one-vowel and two-vowel word cards, Readiness Skills, and Bible Activity Book.

We are only about 40 lessons in, but so far I do love this program.

I do feel like the Curriculum book is critical. Very little of the program is based on worksheets (maybe two per day on average). Most of the lesson plans involve discussing concepts with your child, playing games, and using the flashcards. The Curriculum Guide tells you exactly which cards and games to use and how to introduce materials.

You could probably get by without some of the cards and games if you want to spend time designing your own. I do enjoy having all of them because I can prep my lessons in five minutes by pulling out the called for game. You could save money by purchasing older editions of these used.

We did stop using the ABC Writing Tablet because the Champ is not quite ready for it. We will pick up handwriting later in the fall. We may even save the handwriting until we start K5. Even while we were doing handwriting, I did not find the Manuscript Lesson Plans necessary.

The Readiness Skills book is also non-essential. It introduces skills such as following directions, coloring, cutting, etc. You could easily work on those skills in other ways. However, I do not regret buying this book because it was around the same cost as similar workbooks and is brightly colored and well designed.

The Bible Activity Book is more or less a coloring book. You do one page per week. I do not use Abeka for Bible, so it does not line up with our Bible curriculum. This might be a better purchase if you use their Bible program as well.

We will be doing a blend of Abeka and a few other programs for K5.

The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

We have the Beginner’s Bible, a Beginner’s Bible devotional, a Beginner’s Bible coloring book, and a couple of Beginner’s Bible activity books. I love all of these materials because they coordinate well with one another.

We also have begun reading a Psalm at lunchtime each day from a Children’s Bible.

Arts and Crafts

We do Pinterest crafts and open ended art activities throughout the week.

Miscellaneous Workbooks

We are using My Book of Easy Mazes (Kumon Workbooks) and a few map skills books that we found at a thrift store because the Champ loves mazes and maps. I also purchased Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills Activity Padto use later in the year. It comes with a pair of preschool scissors that only cut paper.

I am sure between now and the end of the year, we will discover some more workbooks to use for enrichment.

My Own Activitys

I have created several activities on my own for additional enrichment. Check back on Tuesday’s for FREE PRINTABLES for preschool and kindergarten.

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Free Printable: Number Concept Matching Cards

Number Concept Match

Count EVERYTHING! That is one of my favorite pieces of advice to give to moms of young children.

Print these number concept cards on card stock. Cut out each individual square. Then they can be used in multiple ways:

Number Recognition: Have your child identify the numbers 1-20.

Number Counting: Have your child count the number of objects on the card.

Number Concepts: Have your child match the number to the card with the matching number of objects.

Number Order: Have your child arrange the numbers (or objects) in order from 1-20.

Download my Free Number Concept Match cards.

Free Printable: Word Cards

Word Card Game

Clothes pins are a great tool for Preschool and Kindergarten!

This activity works great for developing letter recognition, word recognition, and fine motor skills.

Simply print off these word cards on card stock (you can even print them double sided to save paper). Cut out the cards and laminate. Write letters on clothes pins.

Then have your child match the clothes pins to the letters by pinning them onto the card.

To save on clothes pins, you may only want to have enough for your child to pin on one card at a time. To do this, write out the entire alphabet except Q and U. Duplicate O, G, Y, and L because they appear twice on the same card. This method calls for 28 clothes pins.

If you would like for your child to put clothes pins on every card at the same time, write the following letters: A (10), B (1), C(2), D (1), E (7), F (1), G (5), H (1), I (4) J (1), K (1), L (4), M (1), N (8), O (13), P (2), R (6), S (2), T (6), V (1), W (3), X (1), Y (4), and Z (1). This method calls for 86 clothes pins.

Download my Free Word Card Game!

Free Printable: Number Concept Cards

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Number skills can be learned by children as young as two! Start by teaching the numbers 1-3 and build up to twenty by the time your child completes 4 year old Kindergarten.

Print these number concept cards double sided on card stock. Cut out each individual card. Then they can be used in multiple ways:

Number Recognition: Have your child identify the numbers.

Number Counting: Have your child count the number of objects on the card.

Number Order: Have your child arrange the numbers (or objects) in order.

Download my Free Number Concept Cards.

Free Printable: Number Wheel Game

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This game practices number concepts and number order.

Print the wheel and dice on cardstock and cut out each die and the wheel. Laminate if desired. Glue each die to a clothespin.

Have your child pin the die to the appropriate number on the wheel. To add a bit of a challenge, call out a number and have your child find that die to match.

This game is a great “5 Minute Break” game for when you need to get started on supper or fold a load of laundry!

Download the Free Number Wheel.

Free Printable: Color Wheel

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Kids love to play matching games! One of the Champ’s favorites is his “sun” game. We pin clothes pins around a wheel to make a “sun.”

The first of these matching wheel games we played was color matching.

To make the game: Simply print out the wheel on card stock. Cut out the Wheel and color labels. Glue color labels to eight clothes pins.

To play the game: Have your child match the color word to the color on the wheel.

This is one of my favorite activities to do with the Champ while I am folding laundry. He can sit in the floor and play the game while I call out the colors to him.

Download my FREE Color Wheel Printable!