Preschool, McGuffey Primer, and Kindergarten

These are our preschool and kindergarten courses. The goal of these courses is to prepare kids to use the main curriculum. In order to accomplish that, the primary focus is on reading. Once they are reading independently, they will be able to use the site independently and so much learning opens up to them. Reading is really foundational to most academic pursuits.

Please join our Preschool-Kindergarten user support group on Facebook for extra support from a community of parents using GR1&2 for their children.

In Preschool they are learning the alphabet. They will learn a letter a week, as well as the alphabet song to learn the order of the letters.

There is an animal story that introduces the letter sound for each letter of the alphabet. The story builds throughout the year and involves all the alphabet characters. Every few weeks there is a review week where they will also be working on shapes and colors as well.

Preschool goes through the whole alphabet. It also includes pre-math concepts like shapes, colors, and puzzles and pre-writing skills like cutting and tracing. There are workbooks available for this course that have many of the worksheets they use throughout the year. You can print it out or purchase it at a very low cost.

Most Easy Peasy courses only do 180 days, a typical school year. I don’t like having the little kids take such a big break while they are working on learning to read. So, when they finish preschool and can recognize the letters and know their sounds, they should move directly on to the McGuffey Primer page.

McGuffey Primer is a continuation of the preschool year and has 52 lessons. That makes the whole preschool course 224 days. For math, they will be counting to twenty and will have some other activities to do. But again, the focus is on learning to read.

McGuffey Primer teaches sight words. Sight reading gets kids reading more quickly and more fluently. You are reading this by sight, not by sounding out words. Phonics is covered in Kindergarten. There are three ways to do the sight words.

  1. They are online, where they can click on the words to hear them and to practice them until they are ready to read the story that matches the words.
  2. The sight words are also in book form. Learn to Read with EP has all of the words and stories, which is also available on Kindle.
  3. My offline curriculum, has a book called Big Step which has all the sight words and stories and more math and writing and goes for a whole year. The McGuffey Primer page on EP is only 52 lessons long.

Kindergarten includes math, reading, and handwriting. For math, it teaches counting to 100, writing number names to twenty, Roman numerals, calendar, patterns, puzzles and more. For handwriting, it teaches all the letters and numbers and has them writing words and sentences towards the end of the year.

The reading portion has them going through the McGuffey First Reader and then systematic phonics lessons. The phonics will be easy for your child because they will already know how to read. It’s purpose is to help them decode unknown words and to help them with spelling.

If your child is stuck on the sight words, you might want to skip ahead and try the phonics, which begins on Day 60. For some children, phonics will be easier than sight words. I have two boys that I suspect are dyslexic. I ended up jumping to phonics and then going through the whole learn to read program again and they ended up happy readers who are reading on level. Because they are starting so young, a child who goes through this easily will be an advanced reader. One who takes extra time can still end up right on track, so take your time and give your child what they need.

We do have a Learn to Read course that has all the reading curriculum without the little kid math & handwriting activities so that an older kid can use it. Here’s the Learn To Read Facebook support group.