Friday, June 12, 2015

The Noah Plan- Kindergarten Essentials

When considering what to purchase for our Kindergarten school year using The Noah Plan Curriculum, I wished that I had known in advance what essential books I needed. It wasn't, however, until our curriculum arrived and I glanced through the lessons that I realized more books were needed than what I ordered from The Foundation for American Christian Education!

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In the back of The Noah Plan Curriculum (p. 295), a list of books and publishers is given. I am sharing the books in bold that I found were enough for me in my first year. I'll write comments about the others on this list by F.A.C.E.



And so, without further ado, here is the list to help you budget and plan for the upcoming school year with your Kindergartner (you may even be able to find of them at your local public library):

Essential Books for The Noah Plan Kindergarten Lessons: 

  • Abraham Lincoln (d'Aulaire), Doubleday

  • Aesop's Fables, Henry Holt & Co.

  • *American Dictionary of the English Language, Facsimile 1828 Edition, Foundation for American Christian Education (while there is an on-line edition, I have discovered that it is missing some words. So, I believe it's essential to have a hard copy in your home.)

  • Bambi, by Felix Salten (this is not the Disney version)

  • Child's Garden of Verses

  • Christian History of the American Revolution: Consider and Ponder-
    I was overwhelmed with this my first year as I learned to navigate the curriculum. This is mostly for the parent's re-education vs. the lessons for your Kindergartner.

  • Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol 1: Christian Self-Government- I was overwhelmed with this my first year as I learned to navigate the curriculum. This is mostly for the parent's re-education vs. the lessons for your Kindergartner.

  • Early Reader's Bible, Gold 'n' Honey Books-
    Some people prefer to have their children read right out of the Bible... it's up to you.

  • Fairy Tale Books (I struggled with this idea in the beginning... perhaps I'll share my conclusion with you in a future post...)

  • French Primer, Mes Premiers Pas de Fran├žais by F.A.C.E.-
    This is fun to do. It comes with an audio CD for pronunciation. The CD is frustrating in that each vocabulary word is not on its own track. So you have to listen to everything all over to re-hear the word you want
    (unless this has been changed since we purchased it several years ago).

  • Little House in the Big Woods

  • Lullaby books-
    If you can't swing these or find them at your library, you can always look some songs up on youtube.

  • Mother Goose and other nursery rhyme books-If you can't swing these or find them at your library, you can always look some songs up on youtube.

I find the following guides useful for upper-level grades:
  • Noah Plan English Language Curriculum Guide
  • Noah Plan History and Geography Guide
  • Noah Plan Lessons for Kindergarten
  • Noah Plan Literature Curriculum Guide
  • Noah Plan Mathematics Guide
  • Noah Plan Reading Curriculum Guide
  • Noah Plan Self-Directed Seminar and Principle Approach Methodology

  • Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum-
    I didn't bother with this one (probably because of our budget at the time). And the curriculum we use works well for us so I haven't felt the need to buy it...

  • Right Start Mathematics-
We started out with this and love it. However, I needed help time-wise teaching a subject with so many various levels among our 6 school-aged children and we are now using CTC Math (affiliate link) and love it! The lessons are short and concise, the kids can re-take lessons and tests as needed individually, it is not in line with common core, it keeps track of individual student's records which are printable, and it grades lessons and tests automatically. This has been a huge blessing for me and our kids!

  • Starter Kit, Spalding Education International-
    I have it and struggled so much with the way it is formatted!!! Thankfully someone introduced me to Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri! It's based off of Spalding's book but so simplified. I absolutely love it.

  • Stone Bridge Art Guide

  • Tale of Peter Rabbit

  • Tales from Shakespeare (Lamb's)

  • Teaching and Learning America's Providential History: The Principle Approach-
    This can wait until later if you need to, but do get it when you are able to.

  • Teacher Guide: "Pilgrim-Pioneer Character Moving Westward" by F.A.C.E.-
    We do not own this.

  • Uncle Remus Stories, Random House-We couldn't find this so we enjoyed Disney's film called, Song of the South.

  • Winnie-the-Pooh, Penguin Putnam, Inc.-
    An absolute must. 

In my next post, I'll share books that I thought were helpful even though they were not on F.A.C.E.'s Essential Book List.



Blessings!
 

3 comments:

  1. I am going to be using the Noah Plan for the first time with my kindergartner this coming year. As I've been preparing and reading through the curriculum guides, I've read a lot about the notebook method. Did you do this in kindergarten? Is the Noah Plan Self-Directed Seminar and Principle Approach Methodology book what I need to read to figure out exactly how the notebook method is supposed to be done? I haven't bought that book and I'm trying to decide if I need to purchase it for this year or not. Thank you!! And thank you for sharing about your experience with the Noah Plan!!
    Caedee

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  2. I am going to be using the Noah Plan for the first time with my kindergartner this coming year. As I've been preparing and reading through the curriculum guides, I've read a lot about the notebook method. Did you do this in kindergarten? Is the Noah Plan Self-Directed Seminar and Principle Approach Methodology book what I need to read to figure out exactly how the notebook method is supposed to be done? I haven't bought that book and I'm trying to decide if I need to purchase it for this year or not. Thank you!! And thank you for sharing about your experience with the Noah Plan!!
    Caedee

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  3. Hi Caedee,

    Yes, I've done the notebook method in Kindergarten. Here is an example from a literature study on the "Princess and the Pea":

    http://principledacademy.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-princess-and-pea-noah-plan-k.html

    I'll either have them do something with crafts on their page, stickers, or drawing. Once in a while I might find a coloring page on-line to print out and paste on the notebook page for them to color. I like having the titles for them to trace.

    I'm in the process this summer of getting all of the Kindergarten notebook pages in one e-book for families who want to use them. It's a bit slow going as I'm getting closer to my due date. My goal is to have them up and ready to go right around the beginning of the school year September 2017.

    "The Noah Plan® Self-Directed Study in the Principle Approach®" is a useful book. Chapters 1-8 go through the history of and importance of this method. There are some exercises for the reader to do. In chapter 9, it breaks down the method and has you go through a word study of "education".

    If you already have a handle on the history and importance of this method, you could do a word study on your own by applying the 4R Method:

    1. Research the word "education" in Webster's 1828 Dictionary and Bible verses that pertain to it (Blue Letter Bible is a useful tool on the computer for quick references).

    1a. Look up "key definitions" within the definition of education (the word "enlighten" is an example).

    2. Reason from the definitions and Scripture what education is.

    3. Relate from the definitions and Scripture how this pertains to you and your child.

    4. Record your study and thoughts as you go along.

    Please let me know if this answers your questions and if I may be of more help to you.

    Blessings!

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