Monday, July 4, 2011

Bilingual Resources for Kindergarten

Last month, I received this question on the blog:


Many of you may be wondering the same thing. So since this is a great time to be talking about the different curricula out there, here are some resources for you...


First of all, if you are new to the site, please take a look at some of my archived articles. If you are thinking about Kindergarten and what to teach, you'll want to read the following:


Homeschooling Your Kindergartener, Part One - This article discusses how to structure your lessons.

Homeschooling Your Kindergartener, Part Two - Discusses timing and the bilingual aspect of homeschooling.
 
Homeschooling Your Kindergartener, Part Three - Discuss what exactly to teach in Kindergarten.

 
If you read these, then you should have a good idea about what your kids should be learning in Kindergarten. Your curriculum should be rich in manipulatives and literature. Now you can do one of two things: find resources/lesson plans to teach the various subjects, or buy a complete curriculum.
 
There are a ton of complete curricula out there in English. I began with Calvert and loved it. The whole thing really helped me learn how to structure our class time. Buying a complete curriculum is usually pretty pricey. But many will allow you to set up monthly payments.
 
A few other English curricula that I thought were interesting include:
 
Oak Meadow - I haven't used this myself, but I have read a lot of very positive reviews and have never read anything negative about them. You can download a sample lesson on their site. It doesn't say it on their site, but I think that I remember reading somewhere that they take more of a Waldorf approach.
 
North American Montessori Center (NAMC) - A complete Montessori homeschool curriculum.
 
Simply Charlotte Mason - Everything you need to know about the Charlotte Mason method. The site includes free ebooks, guides, and worksheets.
 
Ambelside Online - A free online curriculum dedicated to the Charlotte Mason method. Lots of people talk highly of this program.
 
 
Spanish curricula:
 
Santillana USA - The world's largest distributor of education materials in Spanish. They now have a US site, so you don't have to place an international order.
 
Rod & Staff - A Christian-based curriculum. Lots of people have mentioned using this program, but when I called to ask questions about it, the person at the other end of the line spoke only English and didn't really know anything about it. Ummm...
 
Educazion - Offers a completely Spanish curriculum.
 
 
Spanish resources: (Note- if you go this route, please, please consider buying one of the Core Knowledge series books so that you know what you should be covering throughout the year.)
 
Hampton-Brown - Has a great selection of Spanish language products, specifically literature.
 
Paso Partners - Science curricula for K - 3rd. In English or Spanish.
 
Yellow Umbrella - Math workbooks in Spanish.

Primera Escuela - Has lots of great worksheets in Spanish for kids. Especially Spanish alphabet printable worksheets and mini-books.

Enchanted Learning has a lot of Spanish worksheets, too.
 
Lectura Para Niños - Learning to read in Spanish. You can download some samples of their Kindergarten worksheets by clicking on the link in the MommyMaestra sidebar.

• Lastly, take a look at this page for resources on learning to read in Spanish.

Con mucho cariño...

4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! Having just had my first child, we're still a little ways away from school, but I'm excited to see these resources available in Spanish.

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  2. Congratulations! It's never too early to think about your child's education, I think. Enjoy your baby's childhood. It just seems to go by so fast!!

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  3. Hola :)

    I was trying to find online bilingual schools and I found your blog. I see you have a selection of Spanish helpers, so I wanted to share this website with you. This is the online support from the Mexican board of education SEP to download books. Buena suerte!!
    http://ayudasextogrado.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/libros-de-texto-2012-2013-para-primaria-sep-educacion/

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  4. My son attended his school for 3 years. He started in the 2 year old class room and stayed until last year when he was ready for kindergarten. I was pleased with what the school had to offer.

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