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...


  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.

  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!!

  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!!

  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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