Planning Kindergarten through 2nd grade

I put together plans for my youngest child that will last from Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  In the early years I like to focus on the enjoyment of learning while developing strong skills in core subjects.  With my older kids I have done full-days for Kindergarten with only a portion of the day spent in what would be considered formal seat work.  Because I am schooling two other grades, it may be difficult to do the same thing with her.  With that in mind, I think I have come up with a plan that will work for us.

Reading skills are highly variable at this age and I’m not even going to attempt to guess which books she will read for each grade.  I put together a list of reading books in chronological order and we will just continue through the list as she is ready for them.

I also realize there is great variability in every other subject at this age so this is a general guideline.


Singapore 1 – K
Singapore 2 – 1st
Singapore 3 – 2nd


Real Science 4 Kids Pre-Level Chemistry – K
Somebody Board Game – K-1st
Growing plants from seed – K
Primary Science Magnet Kit – K
Microscope exploration – 1st
Rock On Geology game – 1st
Oceans unit study – 1st
Human body unit study – 2nd
Biomes unit study – 2nd
Food chains unit study – 2nd

History and Geography

Cultures Around the World unit study – K
World poverty unit study – 1st
Middle East studies – K
Africa studies – 1st
South America studies – 2nd
Creation unit study – K
Story of the World 1 audio with activity book – 1st
Story of the World 2 audio with activity book – 2nd

Language Arts

Explode the Code workbooks K-1st
Write About Me – K
Write About My World – K
Handwriting – Startwrite software – K-2nd
Mad Libs – 1st
Just Write 1 – 1st
NaNoWriMo – 1st-2nd
Rod and Staff Spelling – 2nd
Just Write 2 – 2nd
Rod and Staff Grammar 2 – 2nd

Read Alouds

Kindergarten – Fairy Tales, Raggedy Ann in the Deep Deep Woods, Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales, The Real Mother Goose, A Bear Called Paddington, Paddington Abroad, Paddington Goes to Town, Paddington on Top, Paddington Here and Now,  Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, Pippi Longstocking, Pippi on the Run, Pippi Goes to School,  Pippi in the South Seas, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm, Hello Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Capyboppy,  Trumpet of the Swan

1st Grade – Stuart Little, Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, James Harriot’s Treasury for Children, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Peter Pan, The Reluctant Dragon, American Tall Tales, Now we are Six, Heidi, Runny Babbit, James and the Giant Peach, Just So Stories, The Jungle Book, Lassie Come Home

2nd grade – The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, The Tale of Despereaux, Dr. Dolittle, Black Beauty, Mary Poppins, Pollyanna, more Little House books or more Narnia books, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Anne of Green Gables

Foreign Language

Hey Andrew Teach Me Some Greek 1 – K
Song School Greek – 1st – 2nd

Sinbad – K-2nd
Arabic alphabet apps – K
Alif Baa – 1st-2nd+

My First Chinese Words – K
My First Chinese Reader 1 – 1st and 2nd

Fine Arts

Land of Music – K
Simple Start in Chalk Pastels – K
Music Ace – 1st-2nd
The Phonics of Drawing – 1st
Guitar lessons – 2nd+
My First Embroidery Book – 2nd
My First Sewing Book – 2nd


NT audio Bible going to sleep at night – K, 2nd
OT audio Bible going to sleep at night – 1st
Learn books of the Bible – K
Jesus Storybook Bible – K
Draw to Learn Psalms – K
OT Bible stories – 1st
52 Names of God – 1st
Missionary biographies read aloud – 1st and 2nd
Draw to Learn Acts – 2nd


Dot to dot and maze books – K and 1st
Chess – 2nd
Grid Perplexors A – 2nd

Computer skills

Dance Mat Typing – 1st
Mavis Beacon Typing 2nd+
Scratch K-2nd
Storytelling Alice – when interested

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