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I’ve posted a few posts on early learning and homeschooling. One of my more popular post goes over how I’m teaching my toddler to read, and now I’m going to go over how we are learning Kindergarten early! I am jumping into Kindergarten curriculum because we are ready. I’ve got an eager learner, who wants to learn to spell everything, loves to write, and he has a huge appetite for stories. I can only tell so many stories, so I want him to be able to read them on his own. The difficult part for me, venturing into the home school idea, was how to know what to teach. What if I don’t teach him everything he’s supposed to know?? If I miss something, and he’s behind, it’s completely my fault! There are actually a to of resources when it comes to home schooling children, and I came across the Kindergarten Toolkit, and I saw it offered the curriculum I needed to know I was teaching the right concepts, as well as the simple tools to do it!
Here’s a run-down of what’s included in the kit:
- Kindergarten Curriculum: This is what I needed most. Something to guide me, and ensure I don’t miss any core concepts. The toolkit has 10 goals outlined for me to make sure we achieve. The goals consist of recognizing upper and lower case letters, reading sight words recognizing shapes and colors, counting and more. It’s recommended that you look at each of the goals, and work on assessing where your child is with everything.
- Flash Cards: I love these. They are simple and big. We have sight words, upper and lower case letters, numbers, shapes and colors. I keep them in a special drawer, and I pull out the ones we are going to work with. For now, I am really focused on developing reading skills, so we are doing the sight words.
- Whiteboard, dry-erase marker, eraser and chalk. The whiteboard has been so much fun. We haven’t used a white board until now, so that made it extra exciting for him. We work on writing all of our site words, as well as writing the words we are learning in our BOB Books. These are words like, “cat” “mat” “and” and “sat.” I grabbed some books at our library, but you can order the whole set on Amazon too.
Overall thoughts on the Kindergarten Toolkit:
I am very happy with this kit because I have the guidelines I need to ensure I am teaching everything necessary. My biggest fear as a home schooling mom, is that I am going to miss something, and my child will lack knowledge, rather than be ahead. With this, I have a set of goals for us to achieve! In addition to the goals, there are lesson ideas for each goal. For example,
Goal #3 is to write first and last name with upper and lower case letters. The tools needed are the lined paper included in the back of the curriculum, whiteboard and pen. Simple. Then, I’m advised to dot the letters if we need to, and have my preschooler write their name 3-5 times. We use both the whiteboard and lined paper to do this. This is still one of our goals. We can write all upper case letters, and spell words, but we haven’t been able to write the letters in the right order yet. So, I have set this as our most immediate goal to achieve!
I have over all goals to teach First Grade here soon, so this ensures I don’t miss anything as we move towards learning the first grade. Benjamin is only just over four, so we are cruising along early, but not rushed at all. We work on school work about once a week, and reading the BOB Books every other night or so. He is memorizing the words, rather than sounding them out, which makes it tricky because it’t easy to think he’s reading, when he’s just memorizing. Not sure what to do about that yet.
I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!