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Lots of children's books to read together? Check. Fun themes for every week? Check. Designed specifically for homeschoolers? Check. Bible-based? Check. Easy to use? Check. All-inclusive? Check, again. Obviously, this program has it all! I took one look at this program and fell in love. I currently have two children past Kindergarten (1st & 3rd grade) and two not yet in Kindergarten (ages 2 and 3), so I'm in the thick of homeschooling these early learning years myself! I opened the Semester 1 Teacher's binder and was immediately impressed with the usability and attractiveness of this program, for both the teacher and the student.

This program is based on a 36 week school year, with planned activities for four days of each week and one open day for either catch up or activities of your choice. Subjects include Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Development and Fitness, Fine Arts, and Character Development/Bible, and the scope & sequence appears to be traditional in terms of pacing. The program is very heavily literature-based, which I love, and my kids love! You can choose to either check the books out of the library or purchase all or some of the titles. We didn't have complete booklists at the time of catalog production, but please check our website for those to become available. The Teacher's Binders include all lesson plans and a single copy of all student pages 3-hole punched for easy removability. Additional student workbooks (200+ pages per semester) can be purchased in either a binder or in a refill pages option.

When you first open the Teacher's Binder, you will find an overview chart that shows the months and the themes for each week. Notes are given for teaching procedures, skills that will be acquired, organization and planning, using the daily lesson plans, daily routines, pledges and songs, etc. Then you get to the weekly lessons. Each week starts with an opening page showing the theme, the required literature, additional literature, and a Bible verse that pertains to the theme. Turning the page gives you the lesson plans by day, starting with the skills that will be learned in the lesson, a list of required materials, and then delving into step-by-step direction for each subject covered that day. The plans are very clean and almost scripted, so it's easy for a new homeschooler or even for a veteran to be able to just pick up and do (though you will need to look ahead and make sure you have the materials you need for the day/week).

Worksheets used for the lesson follow the teaching plans. The worksheets are very clean looking, attractive, and inviting. Most lessons have one worksheet, some have a couple. You can start days off with prayers or pledges, and then go into calendar activities which include knowing what day it is today, yesterday, and tomorrow, marking off days on the calendar, counting up to today's date, singing songs to learn days of the week or months of the year, the weather outside, using patterns, etc (a blank calendar would be handy to have with this course). Then you get into the subject-specific assignments for each day, laid out with bullet points. Math activities usually include a mix of hands-on activities and a simple workbook page. You read a book with your child every day, and the Teacher's Manual includes some questions for discussion. Each day includes other activities that utilize drawing, writing, arts & crafts, memorizing, physical fun, singing songs, nature walks and much more.

In the back of each binder, you'll find an appendix containing flashcard templates, rhymes and songs, recipes, materials used (shown with general weekly materials, and broken down for each week which is very convenient rather than looking at each day!), a literature list, and more.

All in all, this solid kindergarten program gets a thumbs-up from me! It is so user-friendly, covers a full range of great concepts and skills, ensures lots of quality and fun school-time with your kindergartener, and introduces you to many engaging children's books. ~ Megan

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Kindergarten Complete: Full Year Bundle Item #: 059965
Grade: K
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester One - Student Workbook Refill Pages Item #: 062113
Grade: K
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester One Teacher's Manual (including Student Workbook) Item #: 061721
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester One - (Additional Student Workbook Item #: 060865
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester Two - Student Workbook Refill Pages Item #: 062306
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester Two Teacher's Manual (including Student Workbook) Item #: 061723
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Kindergarten Complete: Semester Two - Additional Student Workbook Item #: 061722
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