The internet is a huge community. The amount of low-cost or free resources made available seem infinite. With that being said I also understand that a lot of people cannot dedicate the time to researching the internet in order to compile a curriculum for their kids. Through the years I have done that with my now 11 year old daughter. By using some of those same links (Google Chrome bookmarking is amazing at remaining synced and not losing information) plus new ones I have recently come across, I am now building a K4-K5 curriculum for Monkey.
I have used resources from the following curriculum to create this compilation.
- Harcourt StoryTown
- Alton School District online textbook resources
- Norwin School District docx file found online
- You need a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs to open the file.
- Eagleswood Township School District – This school website has an excellent resources for other subjects too. Scroll down until you see StoryTown Links Grade K.
- ElderWeb – This link as actually an archived page that was maintained by Dr. Elder at Lakewood Elementary in Phenix City, Alabama. It is a tremendous resource for worksheets and other activities.
- McGraw Hill Treasures
- I am unsure of who to credit with this amazing e-book listing, but this link has almost all available pdf files for the books in the Treasures reading program for grades Prek-6. The earlier grades are more complete than the latter.
- McGraw Hill has links to the practice books posted on their website. The workbooks are in pdf format.
All About Me: Lapbook Links
Homeschool Share (they have an excellent collection of unit study/lapbook downloadble freebies) http://www.homeschoolshare.com/all_about_me_lapbook.php
A Year of Family Home Evenings (a blog about activities families can do together at home)http://www.ayearoffhe.net/2012/01/2012-wk-04-history-of-my-own.html (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
Sentence Reading and Word Wall Cards (black and white, available in pdf format for printing):
These are from an old StoryTown website that is still available thanks to website archiving. A majority of the links to downloadable files are still there. The links on this website are great resources that can be adapted to any reading curriculum. The word wall cards make great flash cards for at home and on the go.
***The Word Wall cards are not available in black in white but I had no problem printing in black and white anyway.***
- PCBOE free StoryTown teacher resources and lesson plans. http://web.archive.org/web/20130516193255/http:/www.pcboe.net/les/elderweb/harcourtresources.htm
- More Sight Word Practice http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/11/kindergarten-sight-word-sentences.html
Alphabet Review links
The links listed below are free printable activities I have used with Monkey during his K3 work and with his cousins K4/K5 that have proven to be the most popular. Alternating on Day 5 between these activities keeps the boredom away and provides an interesting new way to help commit the alphabet to memory.
- First-School.ws I absolutely love this website for free resources for K-2 age students. I used the alphabet pages with Mikky and Monkey loves them too. The crafts are good too.
- A-H http://first-school.ws/theme/alphabetp2.htm#a
- I-R http://first-school.ws/theme/alphabetp3.htm
- S-Z http://first-school.ws/theme/alphabetp4.htm
- Lego Alphabet Building – We love filling in the letters on the First-School.ws workseets with legos to create another activity to do with the collection.
- Parenting Chaos Playdough Mat Alphabet Review, Family blog creative early education, autism and essential oils/
- Go on a lowercase Letter Hunt This is the lowercase edition of of a letter hunt packet created by Teachers Pay Teachers member Alex John.
- Go on an Uppercase Letter Hunt This is the uppercase edition of a letter hun packet created by Teachers Pay Teachers member Alex John.
***Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is free to join and as a member everything you’ve purchased is tracked in your account so if you need to download to print again you can.***
- Traceable Alphabet Flashcards Printable – These are excellent for numerous hands on alphabet learning activities. Digimama also a great selection of other educational materials.
- Alphabet review worksheets via ThisReadingMama
- Bingo Dauber alphabet practice – available in color and black and white
As you can see some of my resources are from public school websites (recent and archived), and other links are from textbook publishers. All of the school and textbook sites I have listed were found by searching for terms like “StoryTown Kindergarten book” using Google and Bing. I have a copious amount of links to other homeschool blogs that contain great worksheets and activities. Please note none of the material is owned by Ruby the Geek. This curriculum is full of links to other websites where you can download the material for free. Most of the websites do not require login information unless otherwise noted.