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From: Jen in NH (
Subject:         Re: Starting Kindergarten - Help!
Date: July 28, 2009 at 6:58 am PST

In Reply to: Starting Kindergarten - Help! posted by Kaelyn on July 27, 2009 at 8:38 pm:


I remember feeling exactly like you do when my kids were that age. I will tell you what I would use if I could do it all over.

For Kindergarten -

Before Five in a Row - that's it

For 1st Grade -

Five in a Row

Math U See

Handwriting Without Tears

I cannot say enough about Five in a Row. We absolutely loved it and my kids REMEMBER what they learned. They are now in 8th and 6th grades.

My sister used 100 Easy Lessons with her 5 kids with great success. I used Ruth Beechick's Strong Start in Reading. My only real advice about teaching reading is don't start until they are ready! Try it out every once in a while and when they're ready, you'll know.

I wish I could have just done these few things when they were little without feeling like I should do more/should try something else. I researched everything under the sun and there is no perfect curriculum. Every curriculum will leave some kind of gap. You need to decide which gaps you can live with and which gaps you cannot. At this age, less is more. And relationships are everything. And above all else, ask God to lead you. He will! I've seen Him provide and lead over and over. He's the one who educates our children. Entrust Him with them.

God bless,


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