Earlier this summer, I shared the Kindergarten curriculum & books that worked for us.   Today, I’m going to share the resources that we decided to stop using.

 

Bible

Blessings Every Day: 365 Simple Devotions for the Very Young

These were starting to get a little simple for my 5 year old and we just never got to it.  I will probably get them back out when my younger is 4 — she LOVES flipping through the book.   Let’s just say it’s well worn.

 

Reading/Phonics

Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading & Little Stories for Little Folks

Lil’ Bit would work through this but it just bored her to tears.   While she was capable of reading for a long time, it wasn’t until she would ask questions and we would tell her to read it to find out (signs, calendars, etc), that she would bother to try.   Even now, she hates to read full fledged books even though she can.

 

Handwriting

Catholic Heritage Handwriting Level K

Nothing wrong with this curriculum, but Logic of English Foundations A includes handwriting and I’ve decided to switch her to cursive instead of printing which she also dislikes doing.

 

Math

TouchMath

We decided that it was really TOO simple for her.  Especially once she master the counting to 100.  This curriculum helped her scale that wall, I think, but then became too simple and repetitive.

 

Science

Behold and See 1

Ridiculously simple.  A four-year old could work through this.   She would have done the whole book in a week.  I’ll save it for the little one in preschool — maybe sooner!   Bummer, but I’m finding that most specifically Catholic curriculum is really not worth buying–I like something more academically rigorous.

 

What curriculum have you tried and decided to abandon?  Why?

Jen S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments on What Didn’t Work For Us {Curriculum 2012/2013 – Kindergarten}

  1. Nicole
    17 July 2013 at 1:05 PM (4 years ago)

    PS – Congratulations on the birth of your newest little one! 🙂

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    jen Reply:

    thanks!

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  2. Nicole
    17 July 2013 at 1:04 PM (4 years ago)

    I graduated from Seton 11 years ago…my son is only 2, but we are strongly considering homeschooling when it’s his time. What are your thoughts on Seton these days?!

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  3. Lorraine
    16 July 2013 at 4:55 PM (4 years ago)

    When I first started homeschooling my daughter, we used Catholic Heritage, but the curriculum was too simple. We’ve switched over to Seton, which is extremely rigorous. Of all the Catholic homeschooling curricula that I’ve examined during the 16 years that I’ve been homeschooling, nothing has been able to surpass Seton.

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    jen Reply:

    Looking at it again, first grade isn’t as bad as i remember thinking when i looked at kindergarten, but its still very worksheet intense & there isn’t much variety. It looks like it’d be fine for encouraging independence but some areas are much easier than my 5-1/2 year old has & she’d find it boring, both because its all worksheets & because parts are too easy.

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    jen Reply:

    Oh, and i HATED the science book.

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