What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know
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I (Joy) have mixed feelings about What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know. Our family never got into fairy tales and magic, and a large portion of the read-aloud stories at the beginning of What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know have these topics in common. Yet I love the author's emphasis on reading aloud to your children and the wide variety of art, math, music, and science activities to do with your kindergartner.
Includes Twenty Nuggets of History
How many brain-dead moms (or even babysitters like me!) would love to be able to pick up a book and simply flip through it for ideas? The tipping point for us was the twenty nuggets of history located in the middle of this book. Short stories about famous figures or simple synopses of USA history will help your child continue to develop the basics of a historical perspective and prepare him for jumping into a formal history program next year.
A Very Helpful Resource
In a nutshell, even if you skip or modify some of the read-aloud stories, as our family would have, you will find What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know to be a very helpful resource for everything from teaching handwriting to fun math projects you can do together.
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I absolutely adore reading to my kindergartner out of this book! There are a variety of subjects, and it's really great at corresponding to what he is learning through other materials in the K kit!
My second grader often listens to what I'm reading and is engaged as well. The stories and fables are our favorites. Fantastic book! My six year old says he LOVES it.
I mainly used it for the geography, history and literature sections. I just used it as a read aloud and actually didn’t even look in the math section since Math U See was enough for us there, but we found the rest of the book very helpful. The stories are beautifully written.
I incorporate some of the stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and historical information during morning time. It doesn’t contain enough, I’ve found- I needed an entire book of another Goose, many many more books and stories for read alouds, for example. But it’s a great starting point, and reminded me of some simple songs I might have forgotten to incorporate in our day.
We've used E. D. Hirsch Jr.'s book series since the beginning of our home school journey. "What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know" is a good book to have on your go-to shelf. It offers peace of mind in being able to check what you've covered so far, and where maybe you should be heading next. Honestly, I use it mostly for lesson planning in that way. We also enjoy the read aloud literature section. I don't usually read them all of every subject section, but we use it as a reference throughout the year and read bits and piece of everything, and I usually rely on the arts section as well. I recommend these books to all home-schoolers entering into a new grade. They aren't law on what you need to teach, but they are truly handy to have!
Such a great book to touch on all the subjects. We use it right now for our read aloud. Keeps both my kindergartener and preschooler engaged.